On May 12th, one hundred years ago, the Michigan State Park Commission set out to create wonderful recreational spaces that visitors could enjoy and be closer to the beauty of Michigan.
In 1878 William Cody bought 4,000 acres near North Platte, Nebraska. He built ranch buildings, including a house and a barn. He raised cattle and purebred stallions. He lived here from 1886 to 1913 and called this place Scout's Rest Ranch. Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park The state of Nebraska bought the famous showman's... Continue Reading →
Presque Isle Park is truly a diamond among gems. This 323 acre park is located on a peninsula that juts into Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan. The park contains two picnic areas, concession facilities, hiking trails (which we took advantage of at least a little), playgrounds, grassy open areas, a historic wood band shell, restrooms,... Continue Reading →
Six years ago Steve convinced me to step out of the familiarity of an established campground and venture out into the wilderness to pick a spot and set up camp. The place I picked to do that was Pigeon River State Forest. One night there and I never looked back. With a massive 105,000 acres,... Continue Reading →
Fall Creek Falls State Park is a wonderland. It contains Fall Creek Falls, a massive 256 foot tall waterfall, five other waterfalls, 34 miles of hiking trails, a golf course, a campground, and a zip line. Not bad for a state park.
Growing up Steve visited Kitch-iti-kipi with his family. It made such an impression on him that he wanted to revist and share the experience with me. I didn't know what to expect from a giant spring with a raft suspended on a wire and propelled by human power. A bit of history When the European... Continue Reading →
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Area is rich with waterfalls. Some small, some large. Unfortunately, we only had the opportunity to see five of them, but we did select three of the most impressive ones within the park to view. Manabezho Falls Manabezho Falls is the largest of the three waterfalls on Presque Isle River. It is... Continue Reading →