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Old August 26th, 2008, 02:01 PM   #1
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Got the chance to head up North for about a week and a half, took quite a few pics.. not a ton of Jeep shots but anyways. I didn't get to do much offroading as the gf kept getting scared.. [smilie=ballchain.gif] I really want to head back up another time with buddies and not be as restricted.

Loaded up and ready for our adventure


Note to self: Next time remember to choose your partners more carefully..


We brought our bikes to Mackinac Island which was a fun ride, no cars are allowed on the island, only bikes and horse carriages.


Taking a short break at "Arch Rock"


Ferry Ride back to our hotel was quite bumpy from the weather


Huge freighter near the 5 mile long Mackinac Bridge


The next morning we drove up to Whitefish Point which is home to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum which had some really neat exhibits.
Some old Fresnel lenses from lighthouses (Fresnel Lenses help focus light and are a much cheaper to produce than using severals full lenses)


The bell from the Edmund Fitzgerald freighter


Whitefish Point Lighthouse


After Whitefish Point we stopped at the very popular Tahquamenon Falls, which did't seem so popular at this point in the year.. Only a few other people there which was nice.




Our first 3 nights of camping we stayed at Lake Muskallonge State Park, pretty much deserted too but we had a wonderfull view of the lake.




We also went on a boat tour of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore along the coast of Lake Superior, this was very nice and very pretty.
Miner's Castle




"Indian Head" rock


Another arch formation






This was really cool, if you look close you can see the roots of the tree spread accross the gap onto solid ground.. This tree has lived this way for years.


Random waterfall


Feeding the seagulls


Very old lighthouse on Grand Island


From here we drove to the Keweenaw Peninsula and stayed at Fort McLain for a night. Located justh north of Houghton, MI
Right next to our campsite was a lighthouse..


Pier out to the lighthouse


Sara threw in a rock right as I was taking a picture


The next morning we woke up and heard an animal outside of our tent, I was admittably a bit scared that it may be a bear and I peeked outside and saw this beast that got into our food:




Soon her friend showed up and was not too happy about sharing the cornchips and we fed it a Ghrahm cracker


Houghton


That morning we headed out to Copper Harbor, the north most town in the UP and drove the Brockway Mountain Drive.
View of Copper Harbor




On the way back we stopped at Eagle Harbor for a short while which is home to another lighthouse


Right outside of town was this waterfall


Stopped in Calument at "Copper City" for a short history of mining in the area, museum was really interesting
Some of you teachers may like this..


Some scary old manicans
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Next stop was an old abandoned copper mine, made for some neat shots as I love old machinery and structures.
Old tag from a copper train
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Old auger of some sort..


Old vehicle I'm assumed was used for underground use as it had a pressure gauge on the dash




Shot of my Jeep at the mine


One of our last stops in the UP was at Kitch-iti-Kipi alson know as "Big Spring" This place was remarkable, the water was a really cool turquiose color and crystal clear. You could view 45 feet straight down from the raft you propel yourself out on.




We did spot a moose, didn't get any good pictures of it as it ran as we pulled up near it..


Total distance traveled thus far was ~1900 miles



Last stop of the journey was at Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA.. Quite a bit away from the UP and that was a LONG drive from Copper Harbor to PA but we had to make it for a wedding.. Me and other friend both attempted the Pub Challenger Burger. 2lbs of beef and TONS of toppings



Neither one of us were able to finish it, but theres always a next time!
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Old August 26th, 2008, 02:13 PM   #3
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wow, awesome pics

what kind of camera do you have?
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I was thinking the same thing. my camera doesn't take pics that clear. those are nice!
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Great pics, looks like a great trip. Thanks for sharing!
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Old August 26th, 2008, 02:48 PM   #6
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Spectacular pictures. Simply wow.
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everybody wants to go out west or to other countries to see the scenery. these few photos show some of the most beautiful places around right here in michigan. great pics!
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Nice pics ... that burger is bigger than your head!!!
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amazing pics, thanks for sharing.

also interested in the type of camera you are using.
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wow to be honest I didn't know MI had that much scenery to offer! Awesome job on the pics!!!
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I JUST (a couple hours ago) returned from a few day retreat in the UP also. Excellent pics! We went from Marquette to L'Anse by trail and then out to Copper Harbor. Fomr there we went out to the rocket launch. Too much story to tell without a hijack. I might post up pics in the next few days from our trip.

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I heard the same thing from others in our group. We had people from IL, CA, MN, WI and even a few from the Marquette area that had no idea the beauty near-by. All I can say is go to the UP and spend some time. You will be amazed and want to return. I know the wife and I want to (we were there last Summer too).
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Awesome pics. The up is absolutely unreal.....thanky ou for sharing.
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Excellent photos... The Pictured rock with the tree is called Chapel Rock and the waterfall is Bridal Veil falls, you picked a great time it's usually only running in the spring and after a good rain. It was just a trickle when we went.
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couldnt have said it any better myself. its been awhile since ive been to the UP and the wife's been bugging me to go up. damn now i really want to go
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dude, that burger was HUGE
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what kind of camera do you have?
Thanks, the camera is a Nikon D40
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Sweet Pic.
I always like going up to the Da U.P.

Thanks for sharing.
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now I am really thinking of taking a northern trip myself. One of the best vacation threads with pictures I have seen yet.
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Nice pictures. I could tell they weren't from a point and shoot.

Michigan has some of the best scenery.
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What a difference seeing photos that were well taken from good equipment. I wish I could get pictures to turn out like that. Thanks for sharing!.

Any other info on Kitch-iti-Kipi alson? Never heard of it, but I'm intrigued. Google search goes back to this post.
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