Photos From Michigan’s Magnificent Upper Peninsula

I think people in The Middle have been hiding this place from the rest of us on the coasts and I can’t say I blame them! They’re probably thinking “New York you have Broadway and all that culture, Los Angeles you have glamour and more than your fair share sunshine we’re keeping this gem all to ourselves! I’m awed by the natural beauty that I’ve seen in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, it’s one of the most scenic and untouched places I’ve ever experienced. It’s been an absolutely wonderful week here and I’m looking forward to the rest of my time on the U.P.. This really is a place where a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’m going to shut up now.

Mackinac Island

Horse Drawn Carriage, Mackinac Island Has Been Automobile Free Since The Early 1900's!

Horse And Carriage On Historic Market Street

Horse And Carriage In Front Of The Grand Hotel

The Famous 660 Foot Long Porch Of The Grand Hotel

The Iconic Grand Hotel On Mackinac Island Built In 1887

Murdicks Has Been Serving Fudge on Mackinac Island Since The Days Of Queen Victoria In The Late 1800's. It's Now In It's Fifth Generation of Murdick Owners

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Tahquamenon Falls

Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Germfask

I Did See A Bald Eagle!

As Noted By The Caption I Did Not Take This Photo, However I Did See A Timber Wolf on My Bike Ride Which Was Amazing And Incredibly Rare So I Had To Have a Shot Of It And It Did Look Just Like This!

Trumpeter Swans

Seney National Wildlife Refuge

My Transportation For The Day

Run By Leon And His Son Wade, This Is Where I Rented My Bike. They Also Have Cabins And Do Canoe Trips. They Were Really Nice And Yes I Did Buy A Bug Hat

Alger Falls In Munising

Mosquito Beach

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks

Pictured Rocks

Pictured Rocks Arch

Indian Head

Me Sporting My Bug Hat

Grand Island NRA ( The Size of Manhattan and No Year Round Residents)

An 1800's Shipwreck As Seen From The Glass Bottom Boat On Lake Superior



  1. BFFL #1 on June 14, 2011 at 11:37 am

    wow what a beautiful place!

    • halcyonhighway on June 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      Bffl!!!!! I miss you and my other bffl. You should bring the kids up here for a holiday it is amazing, they would love it. Let me know and I’ll do the whole itinerary for you. Hope all is well in B2 land

  2. Gregory on June 14, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    if you love grand hotel rent somewhere in time

    • halcyonhighway on June 16, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      I think I’ll wait till I get to New Mexico and we can watch it together. Thanks for all your support it means a lot

  3. Susan on June 14, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Marc – glad you are enjoying our piece of Paradise! Looks like you got a great hike in at Pictured Rocks! We are now a follower of your journey across the US and Canada.

    Your biking friends from Seney.

    Susan and Tony

    • halcyonhighway on June 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      My biking friends who saved me from peddling off into the hinterlands! I LOVE the U.P. and thank you so much for the hike suggestion. I did do the boat tour but it was so cool as you said to get up there on the cliffs– amazing. My bike ride on Grand Isle was good but nothing near as amazing as Seney. I also broke out the bug hat as I was NOT the Lord of the Flies on that Island, the flies were king. I think you’ll like the next two posts two. If you want to, please like the blog on Facebook. Sometimes I post pics there that don’t appear on the blog. Have an amazing summer up here and again thanks for pointing me in the right direction. All my best, Marc

  4. Jen on June 15, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Beautiful! You are travelling at the perfect time.

    • halcyonhighway on June 16, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      It is so amazing up here it’s like the best kept secret in America !!

  5. Don on June 15, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Marc, I am sooooo enjoying your blog. It’s like hearing you tell another one of your amazing stories….

    • halcyonhighway on June 16, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks Don it makes it more fun knowing there are others out there reading it. Wait till you see todays post about “Da Yoopers” !!

  6. Ellen Miller on June 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Marc, this place is really beautiful… Maybe we should plan a family vacation out there rather than in Maine…? Can you share a photo of the “bug hat?” Totally love reading this blog of yours. Heart lifting. Have another wonderful day! xo

    • halcyonhighway on June 16, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      Another request for a bug hat photo!! Done. Ellen I have been blown away by how amazing this place is and the past two days I did two different mine tours that the boys would LOVE ( And so would you and Eric! ) Thanks for reading the blog and passing it along to others, you’re the best xoxoxox

  7. Mar on June 16, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Absolutely stunning…no wonder my Michigan-living, brother-in-law doesn’t come back East to visit. Maybe we’re do for a visit!

    The only thing missing, a picture of you in the bug hat!

    • halcyonhighway on June 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm

      Mar, thank you so much for reading everything with such enthusiasm, I really appreciate it. As a reward if you go back to this post there will be a picture of me wearing the bug hat! Don’t say I never did anything for you 🙂 Oh and we need to have a conversation about Canadian patties!!!!

      • Mar on June 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm

        btw, you got ripped off in Canada(i think)…I saw patties on a Main St. counter for 15 cents….oh yea, yours were free….my bad.

        Love the bag hat photo and your most recent adventure….hysterical!!!

  8. Greg on June 16, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I am the guy who took your picture at Da Yoopers – thanks for the card showing your website! As we are heading East on our trip, it is very timely…. From one roadtripper to another – keep them wheels rollin’!

    • halcyonhighway on June 16, 2011 at 10:36 pm

      Hey Greg thanks for getting in touch. Your timing is perfect, I just finished the post on Da Yoopers. I used the photo you took –I think you’ll like the caption! Have a great road trip!! Best regards, Marc

  9. Paula Sutherland on June 17, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Hi Marc
    Wow, what a fantastic journey, such beautiful places too. I love all of your fabulous photos and posts – feel like we’re travelling with you.
    Take care and sending you lots of love Paula xx

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