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  1. unclemoustache

    unclemoustache My 'stache is bigger than yours.

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    We're looking to spend a few days up north- maybe the UP in Michigan or in MN or something. We've been looking at vacation rentals along lake Superior and the like, but with a minimum of a week rental, we can't afford that.
    We like the idea of being near a body of water, lots of hiking, (prefer hilly over flat) and museums and interesting things are always a plus. Away from the crowds is another desire.
    Any ideas? We've never been in that area before.
    We are looking at the end of May right when my son gets home from college.
     
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    Porcupine Mountains and Pictured Rocks are the two in Michigan I'd take a look at. Fort Wilkins and Fayette if you're into the history stuff. Mosquitoes and black flies can be an issue at that time of year.
     
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    Wife and I like Grand Marais, nice beach, pier fishing, pictured rocks, close to Tahquamenon Falls, White Fish Point, Oswald bear ranch and more.
     
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    Lots to do near Munising and Pictured Rocks. I stayed a little west of there near the Oswald Bear Ranch. The bears were ok. Not far from Taq Falls. Very very quiet up there. I went in late August.
     
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    I live five miles from the porcupine mountain state park. Nice place.
     
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    Unk May is bug season up north. The skeeters will carry your kids over the big lake and feed them to the fish. If they're good swimmers they will probably make in back to shore if there not dropped on an ice burg. Did I mention there is still ice sometimes in late May floating on the lake.
    Try calling the pourcupine mt. state park and ask them about there rental cabins by the lake ( union bay is larger cabin) they also have yurts and cabins up in the mountains to rent nightly or weekly. Several private cabins are also rented in my area (Ontonagon county) by night and week.
    The number for the state park is (906) 885-5275. This will by far be the best place to hike with views like this.
    https://www.porcupineup.com/lake-of-the-clouds/
     
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    unclemoustache My 'stache is bigger than yours.

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  8. unclemoustache

    unclemoustache My 'stache is bigger than yours.

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    Thanks for all your suggestions.

    I think we may have found something.
    NE of Cornocupia.

    https://www.vrbo.com/1255934

    Hey Yoop - how far from you is this?
     
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    Around two hrs.
     
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    You shave your mustache ?
     
  11. unclemoustache

    unclemoustache My 'stache is bigger than yours.

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    Hmm. If it were closer I wouldn't mind popping over to spend an hour or two, but that's a bit too far. Pity. You must be a very interesting character! :cheers::drinking:
     
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    unclemoustache My 'stache is bigger than yours.

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    We're leaving Monday morning for 6 days of nice cool weather. A bit chilly for the wife, but highs in the 60's sound great to me.

    I bought a couple boats off Craigslist - a 17' canoe, and a 14' jonboat (no motors). $250 for everything, including some paddles and oars.
    I had to epoxy some holes in both boats, fix a seat, add a seat, and one or two other little modifications. We are in hog heaven now! Life jackets for all, and we should be able to fit everyone and still be under the weight limits.

    I don't know what the water temp is (probably near 40!), but I want to do a polar bear challenge with the kids. We'll see if anyone is up for it. Will post a vid if we do it.



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    Quite close to the Apostle Islands and sea caves.

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    IMG_2112.PNG Unk you's be very careful with in them small boats. You won't last long in that cold water if your out to far. And there are currents. Make sure you know the weather before hand. Be careful and have fun.
    Yep looks like low 40's over there. I've seen locals in the water already. I went in up to my nuts a couple weeks ago smelting. Was not fun.
    There is a Walmart in Ashland for you to buy bugnets for hiking lol.
    A if you have a chance to take a sauna and jump in the Big Lake do it. Unless you have a heart condition.
     
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    Hey Josh, a couple tips for you: the gas station in Port Wing, which is probably on your route in and out of that rental has excellent smoked fish. They have a good selection of fresh fish too, but the smoked trout and salmon is top notch, especially the brown sugar versions of both. It's also very reasonably priced.

    Also, Duluth might be a little out of your way, but if you're gonna be near there around lunch or dinner time, bring the family to the Duluth Grill. It's an AWESOME family restaurant. They have great food, a huge menu, seating for your whole army plus a couple of other customers, and they buy from a lot of local small farms. Killer onion rings. Great food for the price!

    If your route takes you towards Minneapolis, you'd be welcome to drop in here too. Our orchard is blooming and there's room for your kids to chase each other around if you guys have time to get out and stretch your legs.
     
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    unclemoustache My 'stache is bigger than yours.

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    Yes, I've heard lots of warnings about the lake and weather. We're going to hug the shore and be very careful.

    Skeeters that bad right now?
     
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    Thanks for the tip! We'll try the smoked fish.

    I doubt anyone will want to travel another hour to hit Duluth, but I'll keep it in mind. Maybe good for a rainy day, which might happen.

    Thanks for the offer!
     
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    Just pray that the dragonflies are out. Without them you WILL get carried away by the skeeters. If it's not windy out Thermacells work great.
     
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    Skeeters haven't been to bad yet here. But the little black flies are horrible. But that all depends on where your at. By the lake they shouldn't be bad. Best fish that way would be anything sold by the local odanah tribe. Ya can get pipe tobacco also pretty cheap at there smoke shop. It's right by Ashland. If your entertaining the area via Hwy 63 just hang a right and Ashland is right there. You can find some neet stuff to do there I'm sure on rainy day.
     
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    unclemoustache My 'stache is bigger than yours.

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    We have a lovely little private beach and this stream empties into the lake. I built a little bridge with handrail to get across.

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    Lots of clay here - very good clay, too!


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    The view from our back porch

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    That creek is big enough for some easy canoeing.


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    Thor (left) set up the totem pole, so I'm adding a moustache face to it.
    He also made a clay gun. That's my boy!

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    On our way to the sea caves. a jon boat and a canoe are not the recommended sea craft for this kind of thing. We were told so by a ranger who came to scold us when we beached for lunch. But we were under the weight limits for our boats, all kids under 16 had life vests, and we hugged the shore, especially when the wind started to pick up. All was well.

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    We're having a blast here!
    No mosquitoes, no black flies, fires on the beach every night, lots of games and cards.
    Good stuff!
     
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    Happy to hear you all are enjoying the Big Lake.
     

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