2017 Travel Blog

We have lost count of the number of border crossings we have made now between the United States and Canada…this one was one of the easiest so far….we went early in the morning, trying to avoid peak time and also in anticipation of a vehicle search. No search! Now we can make our way up the east coast of Lake Huron to The Bruce Peninsula.

Before we headed south and then east into Ontario, to visit our dear travel buddies Wanda & Al, we wanted to drive the coast on the eastern side of Lake Huron on “Michigan’s Thumb”. It is a little off the beaten track, but there is some excellent coastline to explore.

After our great time exploring the “Gold Coast” in Michigan we had decided to head across “The Thumb” of the Michigan Lower Peninsula. We knew we had not really covered all the bases in Cherry Country as we drove through Crystal Lake area….but we had a date in Ontario and “stuff” to see on the way.

We woke the next morning to the sound of steady rainfall…the casino car park for a weekend had been strangely quiet, and now with the rain falling even quieter. From our camp “base” at the Sands Inn Casino we headed out to Suttons Bay….a rainy day meant a library and the opportunity to hit the internet.

As we drove down from the UP (Upper Peninsula), our next focus was towards crossing over the Mackinaw Bridge into the LP (Lower Peninsula) and then heading down the west coast of Lake Michigan, so aptly named the “Gold Coast”.

Unlike any other place on Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks offers the opportunity to explore miles of pristine beaches, hike over 100 miles of trails, and experience the beauty of the northern hardwood forest.

Whilst returning on the ferry from Madeline Island a young lady gave us a tip to make sure we visited Porcupine Mountains State Park. So from Bayfield we drove nearly 3 hours crossing over into Michigan and along the way moving into the Eastern time Zone.

We were exiting Minnesota a little ahead of scheduled time, focused on where we were going to camp on the north shore of Lake Superior, our next intended destination….

Having left Wiinipeg behind, we camped up just short of the border crossing back into the United States, hoping an early start would mean less of a queue as we went through the necessary process….

Leaving Saskatchewan behind we drove into Manitoba….looked pretty much the same! I just had to say that….

We had been warned! This drive could be mind numbingly boring and the roads could be less than friendly to drive on...in fact neither was the case.

We had travelled this amazing route in May last year, with our dear friend Ed McNeil in his Earthroamer…this time it would be very different.

On on to Jasper Town and to hook up with our Earthroamer buddies Brenda and Garth. First stop on our early start is Peyto Lake.

‘Fragrant evergreen forests, wind swept prairies, steep mountains and deep lakes meet in Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada”.

Old growth forests, wind swept prairies, ancient glaciers and deep lakes may seem worlds apart, but in this park in the humid Pacific North West, they all inter mingle with plants and animals to make for a truly majestic destination.

Our original intention as we left our dear friends Susan & Steve in Surprise near Denver…and their gorgeous Golden Retriever puppy, Dudley…..was to head north....

‘I have always said, I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota’ - Theodore Roosevelt, 1918.

American History, Alive in Stone...

The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here.

In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower as the first "National Monument” in the United States.

We left the heat of Moab and Arches National Park in Utah and worked our way across into Colorado, then started heading north and east towards Rocky Mountain National Park.

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