Michigan's Upper Peninsula
September 7 - 11, 2009

Below are photos from a familiarization tour that we attended September 7 - 11, 2009.  Watch for a similar tour to be offered for Fall 2010.

Our hotel, Harbour Pointe Lakefront, the first night in St. Ignace.

The view from our patio.

In the morning, we moved on to Mill Creek Adventure Park in Mackinaw City where we saw a demonstration of how logs used to be cut and made into log homes, etc.

Preparing to ride the zip line down the length of a creek.

The platform that they jumped from.

The Mackinaw Bridge en route to Colonial Michilimackinac.

Then it was on to Old Mackinac Pointe Lighthouse.

It was then on to Kitch-iti-Kipi, or The Big Spring.  This was a very entertaining experience!  We boarded the glass bottom raft boat to have a look at the amazing huge springs.  The water was absolutely crystal clear.

We overnighted at the Island Resort Casino and headed out in the morning for a glass bottom boat shipwreck tour.  You can see the anchor from a shipwreck in the lower right hand corner of the first picture.  These shipwrecks were in just a few feet of water.

And the beginning of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

An old lighthouse.

An eagle in the upper right corner of the tree.

Miners Castle Overlook.  The first picture is the gift shop that was built similar to the lighthouse above.

Then it was on to Tahquamenon State Park to see Tahquamenon Falls.

It was then on to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

The gentleman in the below picture was on the boat that was following the Edmund Fitzgerald when it went down.

The bell that was recovered from the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Then lunch at the museum before our departure.  This was my very first time having pasties.

Overnight was at the Bay Mills Resort and Casino.  In the morning we moved on to the River of History Museum in Sault Ste. Marie.

Then to the Tower of History.  What a view from the top!

Then on to the "Valley Camp" museum ship.


The below photo is a lifeboat from the Edmund Fitzgerald. 

The Captain's dining room.

We then boarded a Star Line Ferry for a Soo Locks luncheon cruise.

Then it was on to Mackinac Island for the night.

We first checked into our hotel, the Murray Hotel.

The Butterfly House on the island.

Then it was dinner at the Island House Hotel.

After dinner, we enjoyed a Shepler's cruise under the Mackinac Bridge after desert was served.

You can see the shadow from our boat in the concrete pillar.

In the morning we boarded carriages for a narrated tour of the island.

And boarded a second tram pulled by 3 horses through some more difficult terrain on the island.  Notice I did not stand very close to those horses!

After our island tour, we had a refreshment break at Fort Mackinac Tea Room.

Lunch was then served at The Grand Hotel before our departure.

What a superb tour put on by Janet Kasic of Circle Michigan and Fred Huffman of Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association.