From Lake Fanny Hooe we headed south to the town of Marquette and stayed at the city operated Marquette Tourist Park Campground arriving on the 1st of August and departing on the 4th. It was a satisfactory campsite and at $35 a night for 50 amp full hookup, it was reasonable for the Upper Penisula. Draft [pdf-embedder url=”http://americantradition.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Marquette_Tourist_Park_Campground_Map.pdf”] Our plan was to stay here while visiting the Pictured Rocks. However, after scheduling our Pictured Rock cruise and having it canceled due to high winds on the lake, we postponed our Pictured Rock tour till later. We did enjoy our visit to the area and had our first Pasties at Jean […]
So today, 4 August, while driving east out of Marquette, Michigan on Route 28, (Coordinates 46°26’08.4″N 86°49’19.4″W) the wind was gusting fairly strong out of the north across the Gitche Gumee, often putting a heavy spray of water onto Route 28. The gusts were maybe 40-50 mph and we were about 40 miles east of Marquette along one particularly narrow stretch of roadway right along the water. Imagine my surprise when I look at my passenger side camera and notice our second from the front, basement door on the passenger-side (the largest one) is standing wide open. I’m driving 55mph and somehow the door is standing straight out from the […]
From Stannard Township Park we drove north on to the Keweenaw Peninsula to the northern town of Copper Harbor and the Lake Fanny Hooe Campground. The area was green and the weather was relatively cool for July. As one would expect the area does get a great deal of snow with a “snow thermometer” indicating the most snow in the area occurred in the Winter of 1978-79 with 390.4 inches of snow! That’s over 32.5 feet of snow! Below is a clipping of a Google map showing the location of Copper Harbor. Location of Copper Harbor. We thought we’d booked a full hookup site, however, somehow our reservation resulted in […]
The Kreher RV Park is a nice 31 site city-operated RV campground, although, as with many of the northern campgrounds it does not have sewer at the site, only a dump station. It is also a first-come-first-serve campground, with many multi-month residents who take the water view sites early in the camping season. We stayed there from 20 to 27 July 2017. It has a small park with playgrounds, restrooms, and showers. No laundry, however, a nice public laundromat is about a half mile away. We enjoyed our time there in spite of the adjacent SUPERFUND cleanup site. We learned about the site after we arrived, it seemed to be in […]
We left Kreher RV Park heading east to Stannard Township Park Campground on 27 July for a one night $15.00 stop. It is a bit out in the middle of nowhere, however, it was a good one-night stop for us. The sites had only 50amp power and water, there was a restroom facility. Leaving here we headed north to Copper Harbor…
From our stay at Vermilion Sunsets campground, we headed to the big city of Duluth. Our friends from Minnesota, Jeanette and Ron, had recommended we visit Duluth and the Lakehead Boat Basin. It was a bit of a challenge to get reservations, and we had to jiggle our schedule around to get a few days reserved. We were glad we did. Lakehead Boat Basin is not your usual campground as it is in downtown Duluth on the water of the Duluth Harbor. You will need to cross the Duluth Aerial Bridge to arrive at the campground. We did not notice any directional signage for the campground, so you’ll need to […]
Today we were lucky enough to be walking back from a tour of the ship William A. Irvin to see the largest ship on the Great Lakes, the MV Paul R. Tregurtha, pass under the Duluth Aerial Bridge – …and entered the Duluth Harbor. We shot a video with my Nexus 6P phone which does OK, you may view our video below: It was a fascinating sight.
We found this park after a bit of searching for a campground near the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary. We stayed there July 12-16, 2017. They did have a website, however, it seems that it is now gone. Here is the contact info I have for the campground: Dave Hampson firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 218-666-2276 2475 Vermilion Dr Cook, MN 55723 Www.timbuktumarine.com The folks that run Timbuktu Marine, which is next door, also run the campground. The campground was perfect for what we needed, it was quiet, easy access and had 50 amp full hookups. And at $25 @ night it was reasonable. We’d stay here again as there are not many choices […]
The Vermilion Sunsets RV Park staff suggested we journey north to the Vermilion Falls, the staff said: “it’s just up the road.” So we turned north out the entrance and expected we would be at the falls shortly. So imagine our surprise when we drove about 5 miles and the paved road turn to dirt and Google Maps said we were about 40 minutes away. What we learned is that “just up the road” is much farther away when you live out in the boonies, opposed to folks that live in more urban areas… LOL. It really was out in middle of nowhere, we did not see another person in […]
Yesterday we visited the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary near Orr, Minnesota. Here is a video I put together of the visit. It was $10 donation per person to visit. And we very much enjoyed the 3 hours we spent viewing the wild bears from an elevated boardwalk. Here is a link to the Google Photo Album with many more images of the 30+ bears that we saw while visiting. If you ever travel near this area, you certainly need to make a visit.