Our first stop in Michigan was at beautiful Manistique Lakeshore Campground on Lake Michigan. This campsite was definitely in our list of top 5 best sites we’ve ever had. This was our yard for 2 weeks and it was heavenly!
Lake Michigan really looked more like an ocean to me than a lake, especially on a windy day when the waves were rough.
Fat Cat loved this site also. She spent most days outside hunting chipmunks that hide in the rocks. Thankfully she didn’t catch any, but she sure had fun trying.
We walked out to the lighthouse a couple of times. The first time the waves were so rough they were crashing on us on the walkway.
One day we visited Kitch-iti-kipi, also known as the Big Spring which is much easier to pronounce. This is Michigan’s largest natural freshwater spring, and it is located at Palms Book State Park. The water was amazingly clear and turquoise.
There is a self-guided observation raft that you can ride across the spring. It was funny because at first we had no idea it was self-guided. As we waited on the platform for the raft to return, there were 2 ladies operating it. We assumed they worked there, but after docking the raft they left. Eventually we figured out we were supposed to operate it ourselves!
There is a glass bottom on the raft so you can watch the fish swimming underneath, and you can see the springs bubbling up in the sand.
Next we visited Indian Lake State Park. This lake looked more like a typical lake to me, unlike Lake Michigan which is so enormous. Of course later we visited Lake Superior which is even larger, but that is for a later post.
We were pleasantly surprised to find that our good friends from Florida, Doug & Jane were visiting Michigan at the same time as us, and they would be passing through Manistique during our stay. We had a wonderful visit with them.
Doug and Jane used to live in Michigan so they had lots of good suggestions for places we need to see while we’re visiting the state. Doug also got me hooked on the Marine Traffic app where I can watch all the ships sailing the Great Lakes. I’m hoping to see some of these ships as we travel around Michigan.
Chris and I took lots of lovely walks on the lake in the morning and saw several cute geese families swimming around.
I really enjoyed spending as much time as possible outside at the campsite enjoying the beautiful views. Everyday it looked different. Sometimes it was foggy and I couldn’t see very far, some days the waves were rough and other days it was calm. The evening skies were such a beautiful shade of purple after the sunset.
Next we moved on to the Lake Superior side of the Upper Peninsula. So far we are really enjoying the beautiful state of Michigan!