People often ask me what is my favorite place I’ve visited.  It’s always too hard to pick just one place since so many pieces of trips were all fantastic in their own way, and I wouldn’t have missed going to any of them. But today I got a Facebook message from a dear friend I […]

Oct/29/2011 12 Malia
Michigan, State Parks

This is my new favorite easy trail within a Michigan state park!  When I was talking with other campers at Ludington State Park last week, unanimously everyone mentioned one of the very best things about Ludington was its variety of hiking trails.  I was particularly encouraged not to miss the Lost Lake Trail and I’m so glad […]

Oct/14/2011 23 Malia
Michigan, State Parks

Update 10/19/11:  The reporter who interviewed me for the local ABC news station also did a piece on this festival that aired last night.  I provided the pictures and little video clips from the fun I had.   Here is link to the online version.  I loved her title: “Hundreds Gather for Creepy Camping” – LOL! […]

Sep/20/2011 4 Malia
Michigan, Setbacks

Today I intended to do a pretty quick tour of Fayette Historic State Park, about 35 miles from Indian Lake State Park where I’m now camped.  Then I would come back for the quick raft ride at the Big Spring (Kitchitikipi) at Palms Book State Park, only about 5 miles from the campground. I intended […]

Sep/8/2011 10 Malia
Michigan, State Parks

For the second time in two weeks, I’ve decided I’m just not willing to leave Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park until I absolutely have to.  I was supposed to leave here today.  But yesterday as I was going to take my last look at Lake of the Clouds, it hit me in a profound and […]

Sep/4/2011 0 Malia
Michigan

Heather, an oh-so-nice state worker I met at Brimley State Park, was from Marquette and she told me how much she loved and missed her home town.  She also told me that one of its premiere attractions was Presque Isle.  So while I was in the area mainly to see Pictured Rocks, I also made it […]

Sep/3/2011 6 Malia
Michigan

From the start of planning my trip around Michigan, people began writing me and saying not to miss the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  Just one look at some of the pictures I’d seen from other people were enough to convince me, so when I was staying near Marquette, I decided to take the Pictured Rocks […]

Aug/19/2011 2 Malia
Michigan

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum was the main attraction for me in going to Whitefish Point, but once I got there and saw the complex included the oldest active light on Lake Superior, Whitefish Point Lighthouse, I was definitely not going to miss it. The light was first lit in 1849, although the present tower was […]

Aug/15/2011 6 Malia
Michigan

While I was staying at Tahquamenon State Park, I knew I wanted to see the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, only about 14 miles from Rivermouth Campground.  I had become fascinated with what I’d seen about shipwrecks’ role in shaping Michigan’s history and the deeply personal effect they’ve had on local communities. Whitefish Point is […]

Aug/7/2011 7 Malia
Michigan

I had heard about the amazing sunsets at Brimley State Park and certainly found that to be true while camping there, and I also knew I wanted to see the Soo Locks in nearby Sault St. Marie.  I wound up loving that so much I did the Soo Locks Boat Tour. But I’ll always be grateful […]

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