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  • Frank DeArmas

Pure Michigan 2023

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Look, I get it. When we first moved to Michigan all I had really known of her was what I read about Detroit and really the area known as Southeast Michigan. So, I’m sure most of you who are not from here or have spent time here must just be thinking, ok, what’s the big deal?

Well, I’ll tell you the big deal. Mile for mile the natural beauty found in the state really rivals those of many of the states we have traveled to, and it has us extremely happy that we get to see it every year.

To the south and slightly west you find the lush green hills and lakes of the Irish hills where our good friends the Botz’s have a place on the lakes. To the west you have the shores of Lake Michigan and towns like Saint Joseph, Grand Haven, Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Harbor Springs.

In the middle of the state you have East Lansing (Go Green), Ann Arbor (That other Michigan team), Grand Rapids (Go Lakers), and Mount Pleasant (Fire up Chips). Yeah, they love their schools and football here.

To the north we have the thumb where you can watch the sun rise over Lake Huron and set over Saginaw Bay from Port Austin. And then traveling further you cross the Zilwaukee bridge and enter the magic of northern Michigan with its lush forests and shorelines on Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, and Mackinaw Island.

Of course family plays a large part in our love for the state. Both our girls and our son in law live here, and now our granddaughter Hazel as well. We also get to visit our cousins Steve and Dee In Charlevoix and Karen and Archie in Fife Lake, and we did so again on this trip!

But if you think Michigan is done there, then you are what folks in the UP call those of us who live south of the Mighty Mack Bridge, a troll, because we live under the bridge, get it?

The UP is truly a nature lovers paradise. We have posted about the waterfalls and other sights before, but we wanted to highlight Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in this write up because it is frankly breathtaking. We finally were able to do the sunset cruise and the weather could not have been better. We hope you enjoy these photos Jan took and selected for you guys.

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So now we head west where our next blog will be about Glacier National Park and we will post short Vlogs on a quicker stops on our Facebook group. Until next time stay safe and we hope as always to see you on the road.


Please let us know what you think or any suggestions by emailing us.



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