As the weather finally begins to heat up, so do our summer travel plans. Between work, conferences and events we always take one get away somewhere in Michigan just to disconnect. One thing that most people that aren’t from the Mitten haven’t quite figured out yet, we have a beautiful state. With close to 75% still forests and lakes, you can easily find yourself lost in Michigan’s beauty.
It may take us the majority of a day to drive up to the Upper Peninsula from Detroit, but it’s where we find out escape and a place for us to turn off electronics and recharge our souls. For years my boyfriend and his family have camped at Pike Lake (about thirty minutes north of Newberry). A small State Park on the glistening lake where there is no cell service available. Two summers ago the area was devastated by the Duck Lake Forrest Fire, but its beauty and tranquility have rebounded back with a vengeance.
Within an hour drive, of two tracks and dirt roads you can find so much to do. From visiting Oswald’s Bear Ranch, Picture Rocks and one of my favorites Tahquamenon Falls. The falls are split into two different state parks that not only include beautiful views, but wifi, a restaurant and great camping sites. Walk the nature paths, visit all of the falls and see foxes, deer and other wild animals roaming around as you tour the beautiful park.
It’s still a bit too cold for me at night to camp right now, but we are already craving visiting up north and taking a break from the city. This year we may not quite make it up to the Upper Peninsula, but we’re planning on heading north still. I think our goal this year is going to be Traverse City, and visiting other cities like Petoskey and Charlevoix. We may even swing through Grandpa Shorter’s for some great Michigan products!
So where will you be heading to this year? Take a break from the hustle and bustle and head north!
Guest Blogger Bio: Becky Fixel is a blogger in Metro Detroit. She is a full time interior designer, adjunct professor and blogger. Her blog Week99er.com is full of gluten free recipes, local events, product reviews and even giveaways. A big supporter of sustainable living and urban gardening, her site will take you from growing your own food to making dinner for your family.