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Old 09-29-2014, 06:37 AM   #1
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Upper Peninsula Michigan Boondocking

My wife and I enjoyed a few days, thanks to my mom and dad who spent some quality time with the kids and let us go, boondocking, for the first time in our home state of Michigan. We camped at Hiawatha National Forest (this wasn't free it was $17 a night, rustic only sights with nice new vault toilets). The peace and the utter quietude of this place was unbelievable and really made us realize that time goes a lot more slowly without laptops, cell phones, television or Netflix and the need to go somewhere, and we enjoyed the way it crept, minute by minute, fooling us into believing it was later than usual. It was reflective of how we can all sometimes take a step back and enjoy things more if we don't get bungled up in the wired/wireless aspect of busy lives. We look forward to doing this in the near future (when the youngest goes off to college to leave the nest) full time.
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:50 AM   #2
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Good for you. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is beautiful and often under visited because it takes time and effort to get there, but is well worth doing so. Likely peak color right now, too! As the sign says when you cross the bridge northbound "You are now entering the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, set your watches back 50 years".
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:40 AM   #3
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We were just there visiting our son who goes to MTU. It's a beautiful time up there with the foliage right now. Actually, it's always beautiful there, just more beautiful right now

We tried another Michigan state park this time and were disappointed again - they just pack too many campsites in whatever space they can find. We'll stick to the National Forest sites from now on which are very scenic and peaceful.

Glad you enjoyed your time and came back refreshed!
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What size unit and TV. We found the national forest campsites and roads very limitimg😧


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Old 10-16-2014, 12:11 PM   #5
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We spent a week in the UP staying at Indian Casinos. Loved it! Mostly full hookup, indoor pool and hottub, Comped the site fee of $20 back on your players card and great entertainment!
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Old 10-16-2014, 12:19 PM   #6
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We just unplugged a week in Maine, dark early, unplugged( have never used TV), quiet. We were in bed by 8 and up with the sun or daylight, water lapping 10' away. It took me a few days to turn myself down....but camping is like playing house for me, everything from dishes to night securing is a little slow pace project. This was after a hecteic 160 nights in and out since May, using Airstream as my work cottage on wheels. We are llooking forward to more trops like you had and we had.
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We had no television. The sights at Soldier Lake were very large and easy to adjust just about any size trailer. This campground was just off a main road, deep within the woods, with paved access to campsites. This was our first time Boondocking. I hope I answered everything for you. Our tv was left home.
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We camp in the UP all the time. Never had any problems at any state or national campgrounds with the size of our trailer. We can't fit every spot, but we find many. We stayed recently at Hog Island near Naubinway. There are nice sites right on the water. We didn't stay on one because we got in late and just parked at the first one we saw. It is wonderful to get away from all the electronics.
BTW, we live in "the Thumb", too!
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We are looking forward to "hitting da UP" next summer!

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Beautiful!

Have only been to the beautiful UP in the summer, but a fall trip is on my to-do list.


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