Enjoying the beauty of Michigan and Wisconsin

Our friend Debby, another Texan transplant from the same area of Michigan I’m from, says Michigan is God’s Country.  As a Michigan native I agree.  We spent the greater part of April there in my brother’s driveway (thanks Wayne and Deb) getting some improvements done to the camper for our next big push to Alaska.  I’ll do a separate post on those since some of them are pretty significant for us.  Glenn bore the brunt of doing the upgrades and had to do them in COLD temperatures.  All of our visiting and ‘home improvements’ put me behind in posting so this one will be a catchup post.

This is the sign at MANY of the places in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota in early May.

This is the sign at MANY of the places in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota in early May.


Neat fish heads at city park in Newago


Caite (under four layers of clothing) with her monster Steelhead







Kyle (who is lucky enough to be married to Debby); owns Devil Hole Lodge, a nicely-located cabin on the Muskegon River in Newago, so we headed up there for a few days to fish for Steelhead.  Steelhead are a cross between a rainbow trout and salmon and are BONIFIED FIGHTERS.  We had a great day fishing with Mike Dragon, a local fishing guide.  He was super knowledgeable about trout, salmon, and steelhead fishing  since he has been a guide in Alaska, Michigan and Chile for the past several years.  We drift fished on the Muskegon River below the Hardy dam for several miles and caught some monsters.

After we left lower Michigan, we headed over the Mackinaw Bridge (which is sooooo beautiful) into the Upper Peninsula and over to Hog Island State Forest campground on Lake Michigan.   Campsites are rustic – only a few water pumps in the campground and vault toilets all for the great price of $13.    We chose site #39 which is right on Lake Michigan so you can hear the seagulls and the waves lapping onto shore.  Almost all the sites are private with tall trees and vegetation between each one.


Sunset at Hog Island State Forest campground



Sign of spring







Our back door view of secluded spot in Nicholet National Forest

We left Michigan and headed into Wisconsin to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.  We arrived in the Lakewood – Laona District office too late to talk to a ranger so picked up a map and tried to find a dispersed camping site.  (Dispersed camping means no hookups or vault toilets and are free.)  National forests are notorious for poor quality maps, etc because of budget cuts so we obtained a map and a separate rudimentary description of some sites.  We drove for 45 minutes, never finding the areas we originally planned, instead found a pristine spot.  It is the only camping spot on Himley Lake which has no boat access so it is very quiet and remote.  Turned out to be perfect – we slept to the sounds of thousands of frogs singing throughout the night.  We also saw a beaver and a pair of loons.  I looked for bear and never saw any signs, even though this is black bear country in Northern Wisconsin.

Next we are onto Western Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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8 Responses to Enjoying the beauty of Michigan and Wisconsin

  1. Janice says:

    Howdy from Texas! I’m enjoying catching up on your travels. When is your trip to Alaska going to take place? ~JB

    • gconthemove says:

      Hi Janice – we are currently in Billings, MT for several days making additional changes and modifications and will leave next week to head onto Alaska. We also needed to wait on warmer weather since it is still in the low 30s at night and 50’s during day. I am such a cold weather baby after enjoying warm Texas for 20 years!

  2. Ed Matter says:

    Very nice…I love to check in on your travels…I missed my Wisconsin trip last fall do to a injury at work…
    I loved that part of the country…and will return for a visit again…safe travels…enjoy Alaska, I can wait for the report…

    • gconthemove says:

      We hadn’t been to Northern Wisconsin before so I was impressed by the fields ‘growing’ boulders. I’m sure the farmers don’t like clearing the fields of those! Saw two porcupines as well which was very cool. We’ll be posting as much as possible with specifics on campgrounds and boondocking.

  3. Karen Young says:

    I enjoyed the update. Be safe you 2!
    I will be following your travels.
    Cuz Karen

  4. james says:

    Looks great!! Hope ya’ll are having a wonderful time!!

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