Monday, June 18, 2007

Black and Blue and Red All Over

"Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a great excuse to go to lunch early. You can't actualize if you're hungry!"

We're back! We did the grand tour of North and Upper Michigan. Up by Crystal Lake I stepped on a stick and poked it into my foot. We put Neosporin on it.

We went Camping in Platte River campground (Yay, showers!) at Sleeping Bear Dunes
www.leelanau.com/dunes/camp/platte.shtml, walked the trail to Lake Michigan, with many trips to Empire (friendly small town).

We moved along and had dinner in Traverse City (beautiful bay) drove through Charlevoix (must go back, looks like Newport, OR) drove through Petoskey (City. Lunch at Burger King.) across the beautiful and scary Mackinaw bridge, stayed at a hotel in Paradise www.exploringthenorth.com/paradise/homepara.html drove up to Whitefish Point (butterflies! Waves and rocks.) Went to Upper Tahquamenon Falls. (Get the whitefish at the restaurant in the park.)

Camped some more at the Lake Superior campground west of Deer Park. (Great rustic campground!)

Drove up to Grand Marais. Grand Marais is wonderful. (Thank you, Nancy!)http://www.grandmaraismichigan.com/ Had to visit the hospital in Newberry, but at least we got to eat at Timber Charlie's which was great http://www.timbercharlies.com/ The hot beef was awesome. We went to the Helen Newberry Joy hospital www.hnjh.org to get my foot looked at. The PA's were really nice.

Stayed in Munising for a couple of days. Munising is wonderful. This is the place to go to take a boat ride and see the Pictured Rocks. We got a pontoon for a half day, which was one of the highlights of vacation. Munising is a good HQ for driving around and visiting all the waterfalls.

I almost forgot to mention Marquette... We wanted to see it because we had never been there. The neat thing is the bicycle culture... This city seemed to have everything a city should have, only crammed into a much smaller city. It was surprisingly crowded.

It was a lovely vacation. It was fun interacting with the wildlife. The bug spray kept the mosquitos off but the flies just thought "Mmm, barbecue sauce." The raccoons ran away with our can of honey roasted cashews. The chipmunks at the campgrounds come up and tap you on the shoulder like "Hey buddy, where's the food?"

The sun up there isn't deterred by little things like SPF.

Well, like the title said, we were black and blue and red all over. I was the best with my wounded foot and tetanus arm. But when you're itchy and scratchy and hurty... it breaks it all down. We don't miss TV. We only twinge a little for the internet. This is the most minor suffering ever. (It makes you think.)

And you really can actualize when you're hungry.

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Superpower of Marginal Utility: Invisibility to bugs.

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(New Category!)
Definitions: "Boy"-- two parts B.O. and one part Whyyy?

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Mashup I am not going to make: "Living in the Past" and "Mission Impossible."

3 comments:

Jan & Tom said...

Glad to hear you were on a wonderful vacation trip!!! Sounds like you had oodles of fun!!!

Qaro said...

It was wonderful! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about your foot. Sound like a good time thou. We will have to try that trip sometime with my new family!.
Michele