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Michigan's Upper Peninsula
August 23 - 28, 2015

8.30.15  Great pictures. We had a really nice time on the trip. Fun bunch of people to travel with.  Judy K.

9.10.15  Thanks for posting the pics so quickly. You did a great job not only with them but everything about trip. We definitely hope we can travel with you again. I was able to view the pic of the Maine trip a couple of years ago. We will be very interested in taking that trip if you decide to make it available. Thanks for a great experience. John and Sue S.

We headed up to Michigan's Upper Peninsula on an overcast rainy day, hoping it would clear up for us, but it stuck around for a couple of days.  Our first night was at Kewadin Casino Hotel in Sault Ste. Marie.  Even with a light rain, we were able to do our dinner cruise at the Soo Locks.

On Day 2, breakfast was served at the hotel and we headed north over the Mackinac Bridge into the Upper Peninsula.  Our first stop was at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

Our museum guide, Beverly, was fantastic.  You could tell she loved her job and the history of what lies within Lake Superior.

Below is the bell that was retrieved from the sunken Edmund Fitzgerald.

The model below was made entirely from Legos.

A couple of our passengers took a walk down to the beach.

Lunch was at Tahquamenon Falls Brewery Pub.

After lunch, we visited the Upper Tahquamenon Falls with a most energetic and passionate guide who stated that she loved the winters in the area the best of all of the seasons.

Our next stop was Oswald's Bear Ranch.  This facility takes in rescued black bears.  The first picture below shows a bear that was rescued from a zoo where she had been kept for years and had never seen another bear before.  We were given bags of apples to throw over the fence to the bears.

Below is Verdell having her picture taken with a bear cub.

Dinner this evening was held at Sydney's Restaurant in Munising.

We were then tucked in for the night at AmericInn Lodge & Suites in Munising with breakfast served in the morning.  At this time, we were scheduled for a Pictured Rocks Cruise, but due to 7' - 8" waves on the lake, all cruises were canceled, so we proceeded to pick up our local Step-on guide, Fred Huffman, who was filled with information about the Upper Peninsula.

We stopped at the Bishop Baraga Shrine, also known as the "Snowshoe Priest". 

Of course, every attraction has a gift shop!

We checked into the Magnuson Hotel before departing for dinner at Pilgrim River Steakhouse.  (Are you getting the idea that no one went hungry on this trip?)

Two of our meal choices were whitefish or ribs.

Then it was back to the hotel for the evening.  Breakfast was served before heading to Quincy Mine in Hancock, Michigan. 

We were greeted by our guides and given brief instructions before choosing our fashionable Carhart jackets and hard hats.

We loaded into the tram to take us to the mouth the copper mine.  I thoroughly enjoyed this very informative tour of what is was like to be a miner in the early days.

We then boarded a second tram which took us into the mine.  I wish my pictures had turned out better, but it was pretty dark in the mine and the pictures showed very little.  For those who chose not to go into the mine, they watched a video and were given a tram ride which took them just to the mouth of the copper mine.

We saw the shrine to George Gipp and a beautiful mansion before arriving at the Mariner North Restaurant in Copper Harbor for lunch, after which we had some free time in the quaint shopping area.

 

We then stopped at Jampot, a bakery that was run by 2 monks who offered luscious looking baked good and jams.

In the picture below, a young boy had asked the flavor everything on the counter, so the monk is describing everything to him.

A short walk away was Munising Falls.

I can very easily getting some of these photos out of order, as we traveled along so many scenic areas.

Dinner was then served at Michigan House Cafe & Brew Pub.

It was then back to the hotel where breakfast was again served in the morning before departing for our Pictured Rocks cruise, which had been canceled on Tuesday.

Our last night was at the Best Western Plus Harbour Pointe Lakefront in St. Ignace, a beautiful property with the most accommodating employees.  Dinner this evening was held at the Mackinac Grille in St. Ignace.

In the morning before departing for home, most all of our passengers caught sight of a little red fox that was searching the common area between all of the separate hotel buildings, probably in search of marshmallows that had been dropped during the bonfire held the previous night.

It was time to head for home and get a good look at the Mackinac Bridge as we crossed over into the Lower Peninsula.

The first 2 days had switched back and forth between rainy and misty, but we were afforded very nice weather the remainder of the trip to enjoy the sights of beautiful Lake Superior and the Michigan Upper Peninsula.