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Old 05-22-2016, 05:25 AM   #29
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Oh hold on there TLDGP!! Pasties are worth driving 3000 miles! Im lucky I dont have too as my mother still makes them. My great grandfather and grandfather carried them into the iron ore mines every day for lunch. It was a way to get a complete meal in one little pie and if wrapped in a dish towel and placed in a lunch pail they would stay warm until lunch hour. I was recently able to go into the house in ironwood that my great grandfather built when he came from Sweden. All the family's signatures were still on the main beam of the house. They were in chalk down in the basement. Two blocks from the house there is a sign placed very unceremoniously in an overgrown field. The sign talks about the largest mine cave in and rescue in united states history. It was the Pabst mine, yes the same owners as good ol pabst blue ribbon beer. The mine is sealed and you can stand on the cap. I was able to imagine my grandfathers going down into it everyday. Kind of neat, if you get out toward ironwood, make a stop. I wish I could remember the name of the bar/restaurant where they would go after work in the mine. I was able to have lunch there and it was very good.
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Zinadoda,

Search engine "Ferry boat Wisconsin to Michigan" and it gives them to you. You can do the ferry either going out or do the Upper Peninsula and then the ferry coming back. The UP is really quite lovely and peaceful.

I think if you have the time and can take this trip slowly, you will stop often just to look at the view.

Hope you have a great trip!
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We took your advice and went North. We are camping at Indian Shores. It is just beautiful! We also loved the little town of Monacqua. The lakes here are amazing, so many of them. We head to. Escanaba or St. Ignace today. Thanks for the great info. Appreciate it!
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Awesome!! Make sure you get to boulder junction while your there. Super nice quaint little town. Since your at Indian shores, make sure you go to the Shamrock bar and grill in town (lake Tomahawk). Fantastic food!! If you want a great old fashioned supper club, go to the plantation in arbor vitae, its right on hwy 51 headed north out of minocqua. As you travel further north, a great place to stop for dinner and some great history is Little Bohemia in Manitowish Waters. Its where dillinger shot it out with the fbi. The bullet holes are still there along with things that dillinger left in his room. Old school supper club as well with an air of the 20s and 30s, right down to the bar with the piano player, make sure you say hi, his name is chris. Manitowish waters is about a half hour north of minocqua.
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In manitowish we go to Hansens resort for dinner first and then to Little bohemia for cocktails
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What was the ferry's city of origin and destination city.....sounds nice!
SS Badger, last coal burning passenger/car ferry in the US. Yes, you can take your RV on board.
https://www.ssbadger.com/
Leaves from Manitowoc, WI to Ludington, MI and reverse. Pricy, but a once in a lifetime trip.
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Thankso for the great info. Are you familiar with rt 35 from Green Bay to St. Ignace?
I'm familiar with the route from Green Bay. From Green Bay you will use US 41 to Marinette, WI/Menominee, MI. There are a couple of nice little towns along the way, Oconto and Peshtigo, WI. Peshtigo was the site of the Peshtigo fire which occurred at the same time as the Chicago fire (Oct 1871) and consumed more land and killed more people.
Menominee, MI has River Park Campground which is very nice. Located immediately after crossing the Hwy 41 bridge into Menominee, it is located on the Menominee River with good fishing and a good view of Marinette Marine which builds boats such as the Staten Island Ferry and the new US Navy Litteral warships. 3 warships are in the building process at this time. Local festivals every weekend.
At Menominee you will keep right and join M-35 for a ride along the west shore of Green Bay for 50 miles to Escanaba. Along the way is J.W. Wells State Park and Campground and the West Shore Fishing Museum. August 15-21 is the Upper Penninsula State Fair in Escanaba.
At Escanaba, M-35 ends and you will join with US 41 again and follow the West shore of Lake Michigan until you get to Rapid River where you will turn East onto US 2.
I have not been on the route North of Escanaba in 15 years, but you will be in beautiful country all of the way.
A day trip to Mackinac Island (pronounced Mackinaw) from Ishpeming via jet boat is a must do. A trip to the Soo is about 75 miles and if you are an aviation lover, you can drive across the border or take a bus ride over border to the Canadian Bush Plane Museum at the Soo. Don't forget your passport and No handguns allowed in Canada strictly enforced, so leave firearms in your RV on US side. Museum is located in the old Ontario Provincial Fire Service building.
A drive across the Mackinac Bridge is also a must do experience.
I hope this helps you make your plans. Enjoy your trip
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What was the ferry's city of origin and destination city.....sounds nice!
The Ferry runs from Manitowoc, WI to Ludington, MI. and takes 4 hours.
There is also a ferry from Milwaukee, WI to Muskegon, MI

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We planned several trips to the UP of Michigan and North Shore area of Minnesota, but never actually made the trips. Someplace more interesting always came up. We finally committed to make the trip in 2010 and really enjoyed it. We went in late July and early August and the temps near the lake were a welcome relief from the Texas heat. There are lots of things to see and do in nearly every small town along the lake. I'd say it's well worth the tirp.
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Two years back we stayed at J W Wells State Park just south of Escanaba MI. Was a bit tight for our 32' coach but workable. Park was well maintained the chipmunks were friendly. Nice country the UP. We're planning to head that way again this summer.

If your willing to fore go Chicago a run up into Canada and down the east shore of Huron to Niagara is an excellent route. Ontario Provincial Parks were very nice, Roads were excellent and the views were memorable.

A run thru the Mitten along the Lake Michigan coast is also very nice drive. Ludington State Park is on my short list but just not this year.

One word of caution, besides the CG fees Michigan also have a "Recreation Passport" requirement for vehicles. Non-residents its $31 for the year or $9 for the day per vehicle. For more info - DNR - Recreation Passport
That's about all to be said, good advice!
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