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4 NO's Sunday

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Well, it just shows to go ya, adventures are everywhere!! Yesterday Dear daughter and I were headed down the road through the woods to the Oswalds Bear Ranch. I spied a teensy little white arrow sign indicating a lighthouse at this turn. I asked DD if she was up for an adventure.
Yes! I turn down this road and it turned out to be an eighteen mile trek on gravel road, which ultimately turned out to be a two-track dirt road that last seven miles. We ended up at a beautiful lighthouse, Crisp Point lighthouse on Lake Superior. We also climbed to the tip, yes, CLIMBED. The spiral stairway is so narrow that only children could walk up normally. The last eleven steps were three inches wide and we actually used each one as a handhold to reach the top! The view is breathtaking.
Was the drive through the old wildfire/logging road, worth it? You betcha!!
The bonus was that I spied some huckleberries growing on both sides of the road so we got out and started gathering. .. DD's picking invention worked great!
We then went to the bear ranch, got our picture taken with "Cindy" a seven month old cub, petting her and scratching her hears and under her arms the whole time,while Kristy fed her cereal from a spoon!

Today we slept in late, until seven AM, went to the Upper and Lower Taquamenon Falls. We met some nice people from all over, relaxed and enjoyed the serenity of the forest here.
In a couple hours we will start our bonfire and cook our dinner over it.

  
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SHARON10002 8/25/2013 5:34PM

    I love cooking over a campfire! Hope you had fun, and got lots of berries! Would have loved to have been a fly on your shoulder to take in that view of the lighthouse with you!

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PATRICIAAK 8/18/2013 8:56PM

    sounds delightful

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ALDEBARANIAN 8/18/2013 7:54PM

    Now that's what vacations are all about. :)

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GABY1948 8/18/2013 5:33PM

    What a lovely time you are having! I am so glad! You make it sound so good I wanna come!!!!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/18/2013 5:16PM

    Sounds fun. I wonder how much weight you've lost with the 4NO's and all the walking/hiking and stair climbing.

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DEBTOLOSE 8/18/2013 5:01PM

    thats emoticon thanks for sharing

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LJOYCE55 8/18/2013 4:49PM

  Sounds like you are having a great time. Congratulations.

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4 NO's Saturday in Paradise..Michigan!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ah, I just cane back in the cabin after watching the sun rise over Lake Superior. It crests at the shores of Sault Ste. Marie, Canada.
Yesterday DD drove the first three hours including driving over the Mackinac Bridge into St. Ignace,MI. She is afraid of heights, but it was a great experience. Mostly for me. It is the firsttiime I have been bale to actually look out the windows for more than
a
nanosecond to watch the ships go under the bridge from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan.

We went to the blueberry festival, but nobody had local berries; today we are going back there to take a business man who is a Native American, one of our memory cards with pics of DD's skin from when she had a severe eczema,contact dermatitis flareup.
Then we are off to Oswalds Bear ranch near Newberry. After that we head to the forest to pick huckleberries. I have my can of mace, our picking tool that DD made.
I am not sure if I feel safer if a bear or moose decides to dine where we will be picking. a

Grilling and a bonfire are tonight,, spend the rest of daylight on the beach, in the lake.

We met some people that were here last year at the same time we were. Very nice people..

  
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HICKOK-HALEY 8/18/2013 4:07AM

    I have never seen a Moose up close, and probably good that I haven't lol. I always think of Bullwinkle. I did see a Black Bear, not real far from me, when I was 7. It stood up, looked at me, then went on its way. I was fearless back then. Now I know I was lucky. I have never eaten a Huckleberry. Are they similar to Blackberries? Hope you guys are taking pictures, as I have only flown over the Lakes.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/17/2013 2:19PM

    sounds like you're having a blast. I'm afraid of heights too.

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GABY1948 8/17/2013 10:59AM

    Have a wonderful time! It sounds like near Heaven to me!

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ALDEBARANIAN 8/17/2013 10:17AM

    Have you ever read the childrens book called Blueberries for Sal? I can't believe I actually found a video of the book being read, showing the illustrations:
http://video.nhptv.org/video/168127
6091/

Just goes to show what can happen.

Enjoy the huckleberries. emoticon

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CONCHA77 8/17/2013 8:47AM

    No place better then Michigan in the summer time :)

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PATRICIAAK 8/17/2013 8:12AM

    enjoy

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4 NO's Saturday in Paradise..Michigan!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ah, I just cane back in the cabin after watching the sun rise over Lake Superior. It crests at the shores of Sault Ste. Marie, Canada.
Yesterday DD drove the first three hours including driving over the Mackinac Bridge into St. Ignace,MI. She is afraid of heights, but it was a great experience. Mostly for me. It is the firsttiime I have been bale to actually look out the windows for more than
a
nanosecond to watch the ships go under the bridge from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan.

We went to the blueberry festival, but nobody had local berries; today we are going back there to take a business man who is a Native American, one of our memory cards with pics of DD's skin from when she had a severe eczema,contact dermatitis flareup.
Then we are off to Oswalds Bear ranch near Newberry. After that we head to the forest to pick huckleberries. I have my can of mace, our picking tool that DD made.
I am not sure if I feel safer if a bear or moose decides to dine where we will be picking. a

Grilling and a bonfire are tonight,, spend the rest of daylight on the beach, in the lake.

We met some people that were here last year at the same time we were. Very nice people..

  
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SHARON10002 8/25/2013 5:31PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun planned. Relax and enjoy!

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ALDEBARANIAN 8/17/2013 10:01AM

    Pulled up Google maps to see where Paradise is. Not stalking you, just curious.

I'd love to sit and watch the ships from the Mackinac Bridge. Used to sit on the levee in Davenport, IA and watch the barges.

Heard a lot over the years about how beautiful that part of the world is. Enjoying hearing all of your adventures. It's better than those travelogues we used to see.

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PATRICIAAK 8/17/2013 8:11AM

    enjoy

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GOLFGMA 8/17/2013 7:10AM

    Sounds great. Have a wonderful time!

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4 NO's V-Day!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Debbieanne: I have been the driver for the past 25 years,so I do not think I am a back seat driver. I sit in the front!

  
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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/16/2013 8:06PM

    No one said you can't be a backseat driver from the front seat.

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GABY1948 8/16/2013 9:36AM

    Have a GREAT time!

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ALDEBARANIAN 8/16/2013 8:39AM

    Reminds me of the guy who got in a terrible traffic accident.

His wife got laryngitis.

Have a wonderful vacation.

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/16/2013 6:24AM

    Make many memories.

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COLLEENROSTE 8/16/2013 3:33AM

    ENJOY!!!!!! your vacation emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 8/16/2013 2:24AM

    enjoy

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4 NO's Thursday

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Let the vacation begin! I have waited 357 days for today. We are almost all squared away, as my dad always said,,Navy talk.. Last of laundry in washer now, pre-cooked foods for meals, finished packing my suitcase except for my meds and deodorant tomorrow..
DD is driving so I can actually SEE what we are driving past First time in 25 years I will be the passenger!!

  
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KATRINAKAT23 8/15/2013 10:59PM

  emoticon have fun

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PATRICIAAK 8/15/2013 5:30PM

    super

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ALDEBARANIAN 8/15/2013 5:14PM

    Ahhhhhhhh! Let the relaxation begin.

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CBLENS 8/15/2013 5:02PM

    enjoy!

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GERIKRAGH 8/15/2013 3:46PM

    Have fun.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/15/2013 3:36PM

    I hope you're not a back seat driver like me.

Enjoy the vacation and take many pictures.

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K1TT3N 8/15/2013 3:20PM

    Have a great time

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