Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area

Tuttle Marsh

Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area is kind of in the middle of nowhere, so I suggest using Google maps to find it if you head out there. If you aren’t into birds you might find it boring.  We saw turtles, egrets, herons, ducks, cormorants, an eagle, turtles, osprey, and miscellaneous small birds. There’s a gravel road … Read more

High Bluffs Trail on the Au Sable

Au Sable river

The High Bluffs hike begins at Iargo Springs. It’s pretty level and easy yet offers great views of the Au Sable river through the trees since you hike on top of a bluff. Iargo Springs is gorgeous.  We were surprised by the number of dams and associated ponds. We hiked from Iargo Springs to the … Read more

Sandy Point Nature Trail

Tawas Point lighthouse

The Sandy Point nature hike is inside Tawas Point State Park. You can walk to it from the campground. We saw lots of unidentified bird activity and frogs, including a couple of herons. There was nice coastal scenery with several interdunal ponds. It was a little tricky finding the trail at times, but the point … Read more

Tawas Point State Park

Tawas Point lighthouse

Tawas Point State Park is on Lake Huron. I recall camping there with my family when I was a kid and remembered a nice beach. That was at the campground in town. We camped for five days at the state park, which has nice beaches and an interesting nature trail. Day 1: Cheboygan to Tawas … Read more

Cheboygan Sunset

sunset through trees

They call Michigan’s Lake Huron coast the “sunrise coast’ but you can still see some good sunsets on Lake Huron from Cheboygan because it’s at the north end where the lake curves into the straits of Mackinac.  Here are some of the photos we captured while we were there.  More about Cheboygan here More about … Read more

Cheboygan State Park Hiking

hiking Lake Huron shore at Cheboygan

One reason we camped at this park was that we heard it has good hiking options, and we did enjoy our hike here. We took the Red trail from the campground over to the lake, then did the loop counterclockwise, starting on the Blue trail, then the Green (along the beach), the Black, and then … Read more

Cheboygan

Cheboygan Brewing and truck

Cheboygan is on Lake Huron in the northeastern corner of Michigan’s lower peninsula. It’s about a half-hour from Mackinac City and could make a good base for visiting Mackinac Island. (So would Wilderness State Park.) We camped there for five days. Day 1: Door County to Cheboygan We left Door County at 8:05 AM, arriving … Read more

Door County Touring

Green Bay shore with chairs

We had already covered a good part of the Door County peninsula on our way to and from our different hikes, so our last day was spent filling in any gaps and sightseeing in the villages along the way. We drove south from Peninsula State Park on 42 to Egg Harbor, then took county roads … Read more

Fish Boil

fish boil

We had no idea what a fish boil was or that such a thing existed until we started researching Door County. Once we found out what a fish boil was, we had to try one. We picked the Old Post Office since it had good reviews and was close to the state park. The flame … Read more

Europe Bay/Hotz Loop Hike

Europe Bay

The Europe Bay/Hotz loop hike is an easy ramble through woods and along the Lake Michigan and Europe lake shoreline. It’s near the northern tip of the Door County peninsula. This is the last hike we did in Door County. We’d been trying to figure out through online research and Google Maps whether we could … Read more