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Old August 24th, 2006, 06:41 PM   #1
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I got back from my annual trip to the U.P. last week and finally got pictures uploaded and geocaches logged.
13 days, 12 nights: 4 hotels, 5 nights camping, and 3 nights spent with geocaching friends.
3000+ miles
162 geocaches found
Lots of wheeling and no carnage!
Top was on the Jeep one evening from 9:30pm-8am for rain.
Bug spray was applied exactly zero times.
Wild raspberries, blueberries, and thimbleberries were ripe all over the place.

Day 1 Drummond Island, camped at the county park and wheeled all over
Maxton Plains

NE of Maxton plains is the only place we encountered mudholes

Long mudhole could be bad in the wet seasons

Easy to navigate with a solid rock base

Almost made it to the big lake.

Pose

This was the road my GPS showed heading out to the SE side of Drummond. It became terrible and we had to turn back and find another way after 1.25 miles.

Boulders got bigger and more prominent and I got no lift

I was glad to have my D-30 Aussie Locker

Had to take and alternate route to get to Marblehead. At this rock ledge we pulled over for some 4-wheelers.

Heading up.

Halfway up and I lifted a wheel. Aussie Locker helped for sure. I have no flex.

Made it up easily and didn’t even spin a tire.

Almost to Marblehead…only 300 feet away.

Heading back down

Why does it always look steeper from the driver’s seat?



Day 2 Drummond Island to St. Ignace. A few easy ORV trails, not much wheeling.
The ferry from Drummond.

Easy ORV trail…better than the one that dead-ended on us…but no pics there.

An easy geocache by a private campground



Day 3 St. Ignace to Portage Bay, near Fayette. Hit a few more ORV trails.
Tiny 2-track heading out to Cranberry Bog

A minor obstacle was bypassable

Sandy parking spot

My Jeep is packed for camping

Cranberry Lake Bog

The West breakwall in Manistique…a very sandy, short road goes out there.

North of Fayette looking at the bay around sunset.



Day 4 around the Fayette peninsula and the garden peninsula to Escanaba. Dirt roads was as bad as it got.
A swarm of butterflies near the Peninnsula Point lighthouse.

Up the Peninnsula Pt. Light…Jeep is top left in parking circle.

Look at the bones!!! (you have to have seen Monty Python’s Search For the Holy Grail).



Day 5 from Escanaba thru Iron Mountain to Crystal Falls. A few dirt roads. It was a hiking and geocaching heavy day.
A view of Lake Antoine in Iron Mountain. I could have and should have driven up here. Parked at the middle school and hiked up instead.

Horserace Rapids South of Crystal Falls. The paved road was worse than most dirt roads.
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Old August 24th, 2006, 06:42 PM   #2
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Day 6 from Crystal Falls to Copper peak, Lake in the Clouds and finally Ontonagon. Had some fun wheeling to Long Lake Falls. Hiked to some tall peaks.
The road to Long Lake Falls was ugly.

Heading up.

Poser shot with wheel about a foot off the ground. I have no flex (yet)…and I love my Aussie Locker.

Long Lake Falls

West of Watersmeet, a pipeline. We were good and parked before the sign that read No Motorized Vehicles.

Headed back to the Jeep.

Closeup of my baby!

A fun drive North of Thousand Lakes. Hey…my GPS topo maps say it’s a road.

This is as far as we drove.

Top of Wolf Mountain, Gogebic’s highest point.

Copper Peak Ski Jump is 24 stories tall (240 feet) and an elevator takes you up 18 floors.

Ski jumpers are insane!

The ski lift back down…my Jeep is the closest vehicle in the parking lot.

Copper Peak Ski Jump-20 miles from Lake in the Clouds…and we could easily see it.



Day 7 Ontonagon to the Tip of the Keweenaw. Only wheeling was from Copper Harbor to the tip.
Adventure Mountain…hiking…no wheeling.

Test mine deep in the woods atop Adventure Mountain.

Our campsite at the Keweenaw Rocket Range, almost to the tip.



Day 8 Wheeling and extreme hiking around the tip of the Keweenaw.
After dodging truckloads of firefighters we started offroad to get to Lost Lake. My topo maps said it was a road.

A fairly decent stretch of road to Lost Lake

Time to walk

Lost Lake

An “interesting” section of road heading back from Lost Lake.

This leads downa narrow ridge between swamps.

My tracks heading up.

Picture from the ridge between swamps.

The road heading back from Montreal Falls. This is not the narrowest section, either!

Bumpy dirt road to Montreal Falls…Smith Fisheries Road.

A section of Montreal Falls

The road is elevated above the Lake Superior shoreline.

Exploring an old logging road near a Nature Conservancy Trail (Bare Bluff).

It was fairly obvious that the road continued on but we had to park and hike.

The view from the top was spectacular! We are camped out there near the tip.

The road back to Bete Grise.



Day 9 Wheeling around Mount Arvon…headed to Marquette
Didn’t get many pictures wheeling around Mt Arvon, but this one stands out. This is a river (it is a bit low now…I drive thru it last year and it was deeper then).

Michigan’s Highest Peak.
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Old August 24th, 2006, 06:43 PM   #3
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Day 10 Caching around Marquette…headed towards Munising. No wheeling here. Just hiking. Waterfalls and mountains.
One of about 50 pictures I took at the Dead River Falls. That stretch of trail had about 20 falls on it, rapids and a pond.


Day 11 Munising to Hurricane River Campground near Grand Marais. Drove a power line in Munising and lots of dirt roads on the Kingston Plains.
You have to stop by Lakenenland between Munising and Marquette!

dajayhawk’s Suburban couldn’t make it down the powerlines in Munising. She is a geocaching friend from Bay City. We met up with her and cached for a day after she took some scouts on a hike along Pictured Rocks.

Munising

Doty Trestle

Wheeling on the Kingston Plains.



Day 12 Hurricane River to a friend’s trailer near Tahquamenon Falls. Tons of 2-tracking, not much need for 4WD tho…not like I expected.
Not very sandy…but some were.

A lot of roads were like this.

We came across these 2 abandoned and rotting trailers deep in the woods. They had abandoned vehicle notices on them (green stickers dated 2005).

Our friends were with us…Jeff and Wendy were awesome hosts.

This is a picture our friends took of our encounter with a logging truck, lol.



Final day Tahquamenon Falls, Whitefish Point, and home. Found a neat little trail to wheel slightly East of Tahquamenon.
Our final bit of wheeling…Cabin Lake.

One last shot.
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Old August 24th, 2006, 07:06 PM   #4
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Looks like a fun trip.
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Wow...what a trip! Who is the funny looking dude that looks photchopped into the background of just about every picture.:tonka:
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It was just my brother and I. If you follow the progression of the pictures you can watch my beard grow...I only shaved once early into the trip. I thought of everything when I chopped us in there
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Not to sound ignorant.......but what is Geocaching(sp) ?
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The Keewenaw Penninsula is an awesome place to visit. It's been at least 20 years since i was there, but i will go again. Very cool pics of your trip.
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This one is a perfect example....where's Waldo?:tonka:

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Not to sound ignorant.......but what is Geocaching(sp) ?
it's where weird people hide strange crap...anything from toy cars to videos to used condoms...in the woods and leave directions on a web site on how to find it, for other weird people like Mike to go look for. Some weird people even take their entire vacation to look for these things.
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Muddy Paws has it right. Prefferrably a waterproof container with a logbook and trinkets inside. Upload GPS coordinates to www.geocaching.com, it's free to use. Others download coordinates and go hunting. I wouldn't have found any of these locations had it not been for geocaches placed around the sites.

Waldo...:tonka: He does look like that, doesn't he. Yeah...my brother, Mark. He'd never been on a vacation where he left the city before I took him with me. I returned him covered in poison ivy all over his arms, with half of his forehead sunburned (and his nose and cheeks...hey the top was off for over 3000 miles), and blisters all over his feet from wearing poor-fitting boots...then sandals. But his smiles and he, himself, told me he had an ulitmate time...as did I.

Oh...here are a few non-geocaching pictures we took along the way.


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Looks like a great time. I would love to talk my wife into doing something like that.
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Holy shit!! That looks like my dream Michigan vacation!!! Awesome pics man


Any chance you want to do it again? I'm sure there are a lot more people on here than just me that would love to do that trip.
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Not to sound ignorant.......but what is Geocaching(sp) ?

It's using multi million dollar equipment to find trinkets stuffed in tupperware bowls.

Love the pictures, I had you pegged as brothers and it's obvious you had a great time!
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Mike the jeep looks great since the last time I saw it looks like you had a great time looks like a lot of fun
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Man that looked like a lot of fun!!!
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You didn't even tell me you were here! You drove right past my house.

I will have to find that cache on Adventure Mt., my friends own half of the mountain and I have never run across that cache. Also nice pics of the rocket range although I would have camped at High Rock instead.
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High Rock Bay was occupied by a family...kids wandered the rocky beach down by our camp and I asked if that's where they were. We had the rocket range all to ourselves. I camped at High Rock 2 years ago (3 nights) with my old girlfriend (who dumped me after our trip).

I have been up to the U.P. every year in August. My trips get longer and longer. This year was 13 days. Next year will have to be 15 days or more. Maybe I'll just move up there eventually. I am already planning on next year's vacation...but I don't know if I can top this year's fun. I am sure goona try tho!

I still didn't get to drive the entire Mandan road, like I wanted to. Maybe we can do some wheeling next year, Motor Slut?

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Great pics Mike! Looks like a blast! I haven't done a cache in months..
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Great pics... I want to take my 2 boys and do the boy scout loop as well as a few of the old fire roads. In the next year or so.
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