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Old 01-29-2012, 11:14 AM   #127
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To Everyone! You are the best. Thanks for your patience and understanding as we try to put together our first "Pure Michigan" rally. I'm going to book our sites at the private campground, Mackinaw Mill Creek on Monday. Now we can start on planning the Pure Michigan, Pure Fun! 12 Lighthouses, the Grand Hotel, Drummond Island, Golf, Horseback riding, Salmon Fishing, Photographing the Mackinac Bridge at night with a full moon, Boat cruises, kayaking, pancake breakfast, Live Streaming the Summer Olympic Games on the side of an Airstream....and so much more!
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:20 AM   #128
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Sounds like a plan.

Wish we could be there earlier, but looking forward to meeting everyone, regardless.

Thanks for all your hard work.

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Old 01-29-2012, 11:27 AM   #129
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We're still in too. We prefer shady spots, so which ever side of the road we can get shade, we'll take it. 1st-5th. We'll bring the telescope for some moon viewing .



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Old 01-29-2012, 11:31 AM   #130
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For those coming from the south, traveling north up along the Lake Michigan shoreline, don't miss Saugatuck arts/food, perhaps the Fred Meijer Gardens and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Need tulips? Stop in Holland, MI along the way.

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Old 01-29-2012, 11:45 AM   #131
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For those coming from the south, traveling north up along the Lake Michigan shoreline, don't miss Saugatuck arts/food, perhaps the Fred Meijer Gardens and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Need tulips? Stop in Holland, MI along the way.

Aug 1 - 4, 2012 Elk Rapids Harbor Days Festival 800-626-7328
> Aug 2 - 5, 2012 Boyne Falls Boyne Falls Polish Festival 231-582-6222
> Aug 4, 2012 Mackinaw City Mackinaw Area Historic Festival 231-436-4006
> Aug 4 - 5, 2012 East Jordan East Jordan Portside Art Fair 231-536-3282
> Aug 17 - 18, 2012 Frankfort Frankfort Art Fair 231-352-7251

Do you happen to know if the Meijer Gardens kept any of Dale Chihuly's glass work for its permanent collection? I can't tell from the Gardens web site. Chihuly had an exhibit at the Meijer Gardens a couple of years ago? We were thinking of making a stop especially if we can see some of his work.

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Old 01-29-2012, 11:47 AM   #132
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Ktstreamer and myself would like Lake Side please and a view with moon and stars thank you for all the days.
Ps. Anyone going to the Florida State Rally want to caravan next week from the North Georgia area?
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:10 PM   #133
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A short drive south of the park just a little north of Alpena is a guy that is curator of the Middle Island Lighthouse. He is a great guy and does do private group tours of the lighthouse. Middle Island lighthouse is about 2 1/2 miles out in Lake Huron. This guy has a good sized barrage type boat that will handle a "bunch of people , maybe 20-25. Anyway he does guided trips to the island, allows as much time as you want for the lighthouse tour, walking the shore line to see pieces of wrecked ships, and walk the shore line to see wildflowers etc. Great trip! We took one of our granddaughters around the UP and down the east side of the state to view all the lighthouses for a report she was doing for 7th grade history ( Mich history and she chose lighthouses). He spent 4 hours with just the three of us. He is renovating the tower and the housing of the watchman, and basically after the tour turned us loose on the island while he worked on the lighthouse. Price,very reasonable ... and worth the time to do this. You can google it if you need more info.
BTW he also owns the Lighthouse museum just north of Alpena where we met him... and they have a very nice gift shop that has a lot of memorabilia.
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:35 PM   #134
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1st-5th. We'll bring the telescope for some moon viewing .
When Mike & Tina say they're bringing a telescope they really mean it. That bad boy is spectacular.
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:46 PM   #135
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“Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.”
Albert Einstein

Thank you goshawks00 for the awesome lighthouse information; I will follow up on that.

Steve, thanks for posting the pictures a page or two back of the campground showing some sites.

Random thoughts: Do you know that the words "race car" spelled backwards still spells "race car"? And that "eat" is the only word in the English language that if you take the first letter and move it to the last, it spells its past tense "ate"? Did you know "listen" and "silent" use the same letters? Just some points to ponder this snowy Michigan Sunday afternoon. Go Giants!
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Actually race car spelled backwards spells rac ecar . Which in pig french means.... turn around you are going backwards. The end of the beginning actually the end!! Also one mans junk is another man's junk ...sometimes.
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When Mike & Tina say they're bringing a telescope they really mean it. That bad boy is spectacular.
Are you serious ?! . . . I am gullible.

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Old 01-29-2012, 06:58 PM   #138
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Yep - Serious!

[When Mike & Tina say they're bringing a telescope they really mean it. That bad boy is spectacular.
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Are you serious ?! . . . I am gullible.

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Yes - Mike not only likes to view the night sky, he likes to build telescopes :-)


We were with Steve (Tinloaf) last fall and he was taking photos with his new phone camera and they came out awesome.

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Old 01-29-2012, 07:33 PM   #139
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Clarification?

Can someone clarify for me if it's Mackinac with a silent "c" or Mackinaw? It seems to be interchangeable and since I'm a midwesterner, I am a bit perplexed by this...

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Glad that's settled!

We also would like a lakeside site and I'll bring my telescope too!
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