We decided to wait until October in hopes of seeing good color. Mostly what we saw, was rain. Oh wait! One day it snowed. We started our trip off in Roscommon, MI, about 100 miles south of the Mackinac Bridge. When we entered into the UP heading west, it was a downpour and a major road detour with lots of traffic. We made our way west and then headed north to Marquette and Copper Bay. Finally we saw some color. Lake of the Clouds was very beautiful, even in the rain. Lots of nice people were eager to stop and talk. We stopped at the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center in Ashland, WI. Wow! we could have spent the whole day there looking around. The water was very high and some areas were flooded. In Duluth MN, we were eager to see the famous bridge and the ships going through. Unfortunately, winds were very strong and the one ship we saw was anchored, hoping the winds would subside sometime later in the day. From Duluth to Thunder Bay, Ontario, we could not find lodging. Seems we were not the only ones looking for color. Imagine our surprise when we woke up to about 2 inches of snow. A quick stop at on of the amethyst mines. Not a good day to do a dig, but we did pick up some nice gifts. Our next stop was Terrace Bay. This community was very friendly. Good lodging and an excellent little motel (The Driftwood). We continued on to WaWa with a little detour to Hawks Junction to inquire about fly-in fishing trips. Onward to Sault Ste Marie and then across the bridge back into Michigan. The entire trip took us 6 days. We had anticipated 9 or 10, but after a while just couldn’t face another walk in the cold rain. Despite the weather, we saw some beautiful sites. I would recommend the trip to anyone that has the opportunity to do so.
Joe Steele & Susan Huffman, Roscommon, MI