Thursday, August 06, 2009

Greenfield Village




A trip to Toronto to pick up two dear Australian people and brought them to Michigan. Last Saturday, we went to Dearborn, Michigan's Greenfield Village. It is totally awesome. We decided to all go to the village, since the weather was wonderful, sunny and not too hot. The museum is very cool, but it is hard to do both in one day.

Make sure you plan one day, minimum when vacationing in Michigan. The Henry Ford, is what Michigan has and is about, regardless of how you feel about Michigan's economy and its auto industry. Be sure to check out this gem, and when you leave for the day, make sure you give yourself a few minutes to check the gift shop, for memorabilia and the selection of books on Henry Ford, Thomas Edison are awesome!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Fun Along Lake Superior


It's still cold in many parts of Michigan, and the picture in this blog, will usually cool a Southerner pretty good even in the end of July. This is the steep sand dunes near Grand Marais, looking at Lake Superior, the world's largest fresh water lake. Also, close by is Munising's Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Plenty to do here in the summer and for all ages. I find the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to be very relaxing and invigorating. And while you are up here have a nourishing Pasty, cooked for Cornish miners, because it was an easy nourishing meal for a miner to eat and easy to heat up from the heat of the miner's candle.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend


This weekend officially starts the summer vacation season and I think Michigan is going to have a booming year. Wish I could say the same for the automotive industries. But the state has finally decided to diversify and tourism is one of these industries. I am adding another reason why people from nearby states and even from Florida to Missouri to even out West come here. 

I have some older photos I plan on scanning for neat tourist spots in the Upper Peninsula but currently have many more from my digital collection and that makes them current. 

Anyway here is a favorite of mine, as it is in an area of my mother's side of the family in Tawas City, Michigan. It is on the Au Sable River just north of the city. This river is more a lake, with it's hydroelectric dams that help this part of the state be green, or should I say (has been green for over 50 years and more). 

Stay tuned, I will post more, plus I will have other topics as well.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Just Across the Mackinaw Bridge



Just across the bridge from the Lower Peninsula to Michigan's Upper Peninsula is Castle Rock. This famous landmark has been on post cards since the 1950s and earlier. Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue ox greet visitors. You can't miss it. If you do, just get back on I-75 going north.

Much to do in this rugged 'God's Country' that still take you back 25 years with it's laid back isolation from the big cities and large crowds.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Summer Vacation



I thought I would post a selling point of Michigan. This is Tahquamenon Falls, one of 200 waterfalls in the state. Most are in the U.P. One falls in Munising requires walking through one's residence to get access.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

What a Difference a Year Makes


I stated a year ago, that things were looking up for St. Clair County. Boy, was I wrong. However, the rest of the country, (world) has joined Michigan.

I am one that always believes the glass is half-full.

Take a dry empty glass from your kitchen cabinet. Fill it exactly half-full of water.

Add one drop of water. The glass is more than half-full, hence the glass half-full.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Business is Looking Up



Actually, it's a freighter heading North under the Blue Water Bridge. But it brings to mind that the shipping season is now open, and the ice flow is heading South.

Let's hope that business in the Blue Water area is up this year and let's buck the trend that we may be heading into a recession.

The Port Huron Casino project is going to make it to a vote in April, and then maybe we can get the Senate to look at it. With the mayor of Detroit in hot water, maybe the city will leave us alone. Many of the crimes committed in the area are imported from the big city. Then the city wants to deny the great people of Port Huron and St. Clair County the increased employment and tax dollars that are so needed.

A great idea to let the management of McMorran Place be shared by the county is a great one. There is a survey recently done that shows that a majority of people support McMorran Place and this support comes from Southern areas far away from Port Huron, as well as those regions that are much closer.

The glass is half-full and I think Port Huron is about to become a bigger player in the hi-tech world that is already blooming in cities like Ann Arbor, Holland, Grand Rapids and Lansing. video