Let me try to help. I cant give you any areas to go specific to your area.I can give you some valuable tips.
The most important one is search "tread lightly" on this site,and in general.This is even more important with 2wd
Then do a search on vehicle recovery, there is really good write up on pirate.
Buy a Heavy Duty come-along,maybe a high lift jack,a tree saver strap,a shovel,etc
Grab a good michigan atlas,and go explore michigan back roads,forrest roads,etc
Remember the tread lightly
There is much to see in michigan,and you rarely need a 4x4 to get to it.
When you start finding legal places to go,and need a 4x4,sell that pavement scraper and see what a 4x4 is all about.