Weds., July 1, 2020
My time is up at Wabasis Lake and I need to find a camping spot for the 4th of July holiday. I figured that I’d find something further north and away from big cities. I was fortunate to find a site in Manistee, MI. Manistee is a nice little town located on the shore of Lake Michigan between Ludington and Frankfort. I’ve stayed at Manistee before both by boat and by RV.
I spent a long and quiet 4th in Manistee. Daughter Deb’s stay at Grand Haven ended and with the holiday couldn’t be extended. There were still vacancies here in Manistee so she came with her motor home on Friday and spent the weekend. Monday she headed to AnnArbor for an appointment and I headed further north. I still don’t have a destination or goal for travel but am thinking to head west along US2 near the Canadian border. With the border closed, I figure there will be fewer US travelers in that area in that the border will be a ‘stopper’ and zero Canadian travelers with the border being a ‘cork’ for them. US2 is a wonderful East West northern version of RT66 stretching from Maine to Seattle. It’s generally a good highway, lots of travel stops, easy fuel stops, local eateries and camping opportunities.
I’ve also finally gotten the motorhome title which needs to be re-registered in MT (I used my MT LLC to buy the MH as MT doesn’t have sales tax). MT uses a vendor for LLC registrations by mail and so far I’ve not been able to get a response from the vendor. So maybe I’ll register it in person at my ‘home’ DMV near Glacier.
I ended up going north of US2 to the south end of Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior. There are thunderstorms going on here which actually sounds relaxing to me but hampers picture opportunities. There are two things I’d like to see within a hundred miles. One is Whitefish Point. All Lk Superior commercial shipping has to clear dangerous Whitefish Point which is known as The Graveyard of the Great Lakes. It is home to the Whitefish Point Shipwreck Museum. I visited it a few years back but there were still ice burgs on the water (small ones) and it was snowy and cold. I’d like to revisit. It’s about a 40 mile side trip – same road in and out – so the weather needs to be hospitable or it’s not going to happen.
Another reason for heading past US2 further north is that I’d like to see Tahquanamon Falls. I think I’ve been told I saw them when I was a kid but I don’t have a memory of it and it seems to me that I’ve been hearing about them all my life. I still need to research how much walking is involved.
I can then either cut back south to US2 (the U.P. is only about 50 miles north to south in this area) and head west along the northern shore of Lk MI or continue west along Lk Superior to Pictured Rocks and later merge with US2 near Ironwood and the WI border. Stay tuned