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Old 05-18-2016, 10:01 PM   #15
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Old 05-18-2016, 10:05 PM   #16
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Whew....ty.....always wanted an authentic Chicago dog or deep dish pizza....lol! We may need to fly there sometime. We left Seattle on May 14 and are in Custer State Park.....having a great trip. Saw a blog bear in Yellowstone....about 100 yes away...
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Old 05-19-2016, 12:55 PM   #17
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Thankso for the great info. Are you familiar with rt 35 from Green Bay to St. Ignace?
Route 35 is the scenic "shortcut" along the lake from Menomonee/Marinette (north of Green Bay) to Escanaba where you would pick up US2 and continue east along the lakeshore to St Ignace.

Its a good road, 2 lane most of the way, but has passing lanes every so often. Good views of the lake and a pleasant drive in general. If you travel at dusk or night time keep a close eye out for deer crossing the road.
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RT 35 along the lake has a small RV park right on the Lake Michigan wish I could remember the name.
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Old 05-19-2016, 01:18 PM   #19
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We'll see if this works. You Tube doesn't like my video because of the music. GoPro as a dash cam from JW Wells State park near Escanaba to North Chicago.

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Old 05-19-2016, 02:25 PM   #20
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Thankso for the great info. Are you familiar with rt 35 from Green Bay to St. Ignace?
M35 only goes north to Escanaba/Gladstone then you go east on US 2 to St Ignace.

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We'll see if this works. You Tube doesn't like my video because of the music. GoPro as a dash cam from JW Wells State park near Escanaba to North Chicago.

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Old 05-19-2016, 04:37 PM   #21
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I heard that the Michigan west coast from Muskegon to Mackinaw with its easterly winds, keeps fairly cool in the summer. Please let us know if you find that to be true.
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Old 05-19-2016, 05:50 PM   #22
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Let's try this again. Escanaba, actually about 20 miles south, to North Chicago via -

WI35 to US41 to I43 to I94 back on to US41 to our arrival at the Navy Base in North Chicago. Taken mid July 2014.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B75...ew?usp=sharing

You Tube didn't like the music in both videos. I'll get the UP drive up later.
This is a GoPro taking an image every couple of seconds and then linking them fusing them into an MP4 video. Takes up a bit less camera memory rather than a continues recording.
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Cut through Wisconsin and make sure you go through the minocqua area. Really nice north wood towns. From there it's an hour north to cross into the UP in ironwood. Make sure you stop at black river falls. It dumps into Lake Superior there and there is a lot to see. From there you can make your way across upper Michigan. If you stop in minocqua Wisconsin, there is a nice campground on lake tomahawk called Indian shores. Casino nearby in lac du flambeau.
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By the way, hey 51 in Wisconsin goes north through all of it and into the UP
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Thankso for the great info. Are you familiar with rt 35 from Green Bay to St. Ignace?
Wisconsin 35 north to the Upper Peninsula and then picking up Hwy 2 is a very nice drive to St. Ignace. After you cross the bridge you will find the Lake Michigan shoreline more crowded but it has the best beaches. The other Lake Huron side isn't as busy and not as many nice lakeshore parks to stay.

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May be a bit of a long story, but this is what we did. First off, I was in a stage play last year: "Escanaba in De Moonlight". The play mentions several things we never heard of before, so we decided to go into the UP after getting some service work at Spartan Chassis in Charlotte, MI.

We made several nice stops at RV parks along the way, including one located in an old Christmas tree farm. I'm not much of a tour guide, so I don't remember the name of the place. If you really want to know, say so and I'll look it up. Anyway, we did drive over the Big Mac Bridge, and it really is impressive. We stopped in St. Ignace at a park called Tiki, or something like that. We got some fudge at Murdick's, the ORIGINAL fudge factory in Mackinac. Really good stuff.

We took the boat ride over to Mackinac Island for a day. Good trip; it's interesting to see the number of really nice houses on the island.

We proceeded north up to the Soo Locks area and yes, we took the locks boat ride through the locks, up and back. That's all worth the trip.

We went west along the northern shore of the UP, bordering Lake Superior. It's all very pretty country. Jan had a good time, taking pictures; I drove.

We stayed at a nice RV park in Munising. And, of course we took the boat ride along the shore of Superior to see the famous Pictured Rocks. I know they are famous because they (and the fudge) are mentioned in the play.

At each place we stayed, we made a point of getting a pasty, or pastie. What's that? Well, its a meat pie special to the region. They're good, but probably not worth driving three thousand miles for. We were there, so we ate some of them.

We then went south to Escanaba and stayed at a park there so we could see Escanaba. I spent two months rehearsing for the play, so I at least wanted to see the town. Nice little town. All of it is situated within beautiful scenery, with lots of trees and lake shores. We even stopped in Green Bay to see the Packers stadium. We just drove through the parking lot; there was no game going on.

From there we went south and west to visit some friends in Muscoda, WI.

And then we started back to get home to Florida again.

It's boring to read about, but we really did enjoy the trip, and our connection to the play gave us some reference points along the way.

So that's all we know about the UP, and it's not at all what you asked. Sorry about that.............

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It's good to hear you enjoyed your stay.
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We absolutely loved the Auen Osborne RV park in Soo Locks. We were right on the water and would watch those huge ore carriers come by.
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