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Winter Travel

Michigan is a huge state. You can start at the southern border just north of Toledo Ohio and drive a solid 10 hours to reach Ironwood Michigan and never leave the state. So it's important when traveling in some of the more remote areas of the state to be prepared for winter driving and for emergencies.

Get Your Car Ready For Winter - Great Lakes winters can be brutal. Temperatures on a typical day dip below 30 degrees Fahrenheit and the strong winds from the lakes lead to massive snowfall. Here is how to get ready for the season. 

Have a Plan If You're Stranded - We should all have an emergency kit in our cars. In order to decide what to put in your kit, you need to take into account the weather in your area (here in Michigan, we know it will often be cold and snowy!) and what items will suit your family’s needs.



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Likewise, if you hunt or fish in the Great Lake State it's important to have the skills to survive out in the wild. One of the most deadly outdoor sports is ice fishing. Each year many fishermen have to be rescued from drifting ice or they perish when falling through it. 

Survive Falling Through the Ice - You only have minutes to survive a fall through the ice. Here is what to do. 

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The Michigan Indian Trails We Travel Everyday

If you think about it, it makes sense. The routes that the native Michigan tribes made and utilized for thousands of years cover the same ground that Michigan Department of Transportation has paved and we are using today as we cross the state to visit friends in Chicago visit the wineries in Traverse City or watch the Thanksgiving parade in downtown Detroit. 

Amazingly, Michigan's first trails were not made by Indians but ranging buffalo herds in migration. This was especially true on the St. Joseph trail in Southwest Michigan.

The major trails in lower Michigan tended to link Indian settlements of Mackinac, Detroit, Saginaw, and Niles. The area around Saginaw had the most native American settlements in the Great Lakes region.  




Major Michigan Trail Systems
Shore Line Trail- A minor trail starting near Toledo and hugging the shore of Lake Erie, the Straits of Detroit. Past Fort Gratiot and Lake Huron to a spot near White Rock. White Rock was considered a solemn spiritual place of offe…

Can You Climb Turnip Rock?

Turnip Rock has been deemed one of the Amazing Rock Formations in America by CNN. Indeed its one of the most photographed attractions in the Upper Thumb. However, the unique rock formation is located on private land and considered part of the Pointe Aux Barques cottage community. 

Access to Turnip Rock is only available as a guest of a member of Pointe Aux Barques community or if you access by water with a kayak or canoe. That being said you must stay in the water or right along the edge of the water.   

As soon as you attempt to climb up the famous rock or its equally favorite neighbor the "thumbnail" your trespassing on private property. Even worse is that the entire formation is subject to extreme conditions and has a tendency to weather, crumble and fall apart. Climbing will undoubtedly cause some minor, but real damage. It would quickly add up if everyone did it. You will likely end up arrested and having to spend some time in Bad Axe at the county jail. Which would blow …

Michigan Thumb Fall Color Tour

Fall Color on Michigan's First Scenic HighwayA fall color driving tour along the shore of Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay is an easy one day jaunt from Southeast Michigan. We take a look at the highlights along Michigan's first scenic highway, the 93 miles of M-25. 

M-25 Fall Color Tour