Nonesuch and other mines in the Porkies

If you’re looking for a place of history, the abandoned copper mine and small ghost town of Nonesuch Mine is a great place to check out. It was one of my favourite stops in the Porcupine Mountains. It’s amazing to walk through the forest and look at all the crumbling building walls. A society once existed here, not thriving but existed. People worked and lived here. The sensation of the imagination makes this place quite a treat. Continue reading “Nonesuch and other mines in the Porkies”

The Great Outdoors: Pigeon River State Forest

Pigeon River State Forest is my favourite place to camp in the Lower Peninsula. It is rustic, has amazing wildlife and offers a variety of activities. It is the largest state forest in Michigan at nearly 100,000 acres. It is the home to the largest elk herd east of the Mississippi. But don’t expect to see elk all over, they are shy and hard to find. On this trip to Pigeon River, we invited a couple of our close friends, Brittany and Mike, to join us and share in our adventure. We had a blast!

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Camping in the Keweenaw: Fort Wilkins State Campground

Not only does Fort Wilkins Historic State Park offer camping and day use facilities, but it also features an 1844 military outpost.  If that isn’t enough, it also contains one of the first lighthouses built on Lake Superior.

There is plenty of activities to do here, including biking, fishing, hiking, swimming, cross-country skiing, and wildlife watching. The hiking trail, Fort Wilkins Foot Trail, is 4.0 miles long and is open to a variety form of traffic.

There are three options for camping at the historical park, including a cabin, a group use area, and a modern campground made up of 159 campsites.

Overall, this is a nice family campground but not a great option if you prefer a rustic style of camping like we do.