The Team Bakun Camping Trip : Circumnavigating Lake Michigan

Here are a few of the places visited on this journey.

Team Bakun's journey starts.

Team Bakun’s journey starts.

Mackinac Bridge picture taken from the ferry.

Mackinac Bridge picture taken from the ferry.

Mackinac Island State Park

The park was first established as Mackinac National Park in 1875, which was the second national park established in the United States after Yellowstone National Park. In 1895, it was transferred to state control and reorganized as Mackinac Island State Park, which was the first state park in Michigan. The park contains many important historical and geological features, such as Fort Mackinac, Fort Holmes, other historic buildings, historic sites, limestone caves, and other unique rock formations.

Team Bakun at Mackinac Island State Park on a chilly day in July.

Team Bakun at Mackinac Island State Park on a chilly day in July.

A woman in the period dress at Fort Mackinac

A woman in the period dress at Fort Mackinac

 A reenactment of Court Martial at Fort Mackinac

A reenactment of Court Martial at Fort Mackinac

A beautiful Michigan sunset

A beautiful Michigan sunset

Bells Point Beach

Located on beautiful St. Mary’s River, 1/2 KM east of the Hwy By-Pass. Bell’s Point is the destination of choice for families visiting Sault Ste. Marie, Echo Bay, Desbarats, and those who stop in while traveling the Trans Canada Highway.

Team Bakun upon arrival  at Bell's Beach

Team Bakun upon arrival at Bell’s Beach

Agawa Canyon

The Agawa Canyon is a shallow canyon located deep in the sparsely populated Algoma District in the                       Canadian province of Ontario. It was created 1.2 billion years ago by faulting along the Canadian Shield  and then enlarged by the erosive action of the Agawa River. The Agawa Canyon Wilderness Park is only accessible by hiking trail or the Algoma Central Railway, and is located 114 rail miles north west of Sault Ste. Marie.

Barbara from Team Bakun resting and taking in the  Canadian Wilderness' beauty.

Barbara from Team Bakun resting and taking in the Canadian Wilderness’ beauty.

Alvin sitting in front of Bridal Veil Falls in Agawa Canyon

Alvin sitting in front of Bridal Veil Falls in Agawa Canyon

Black Beaver Falls

Black Beaver Falls

 

Wells State Park

 Wells State Park (also known as J.W. Wells State Park) is a state park in the U.S. state of Michigan.

The 678-  acre (2.74 km2) park is located in Menominee County on the shore of Lake Michigan‘s

Green Bay, just south of Cedar River. It is on M-35, roughly midway between Menominee and

Escanaba

The park was established in 1925 through a donation by the children of John Walter Wells, a pioneer lumberman in the area and the mayor of Menominee for three terms beginning in 1893. Many of the park’s buildings, landscaping and water and sewage systems were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and 1940s

Alvin Bakun, hanging out at a state park in Michigan.

Alvin Bakun, hanging out at a state park in Michigan.

Bakun's home sweet home: camp site 108 at Wells State park

Bakun’s home sweet home: camp site 108 at Wells State park

A dragon fly at J.W. Wells State Park.

A dragon fly at J.W. Wells State Park.

Marinette County  Historical Museum

Stephenson Isle
Marinette, Wisconsin

The logging museum on Stephenson Island features artifacts of trading posts, Indian culture, logging and lumbering history, farming, fishing, etc. The Evanchek log cabin provides an authentic example of how this  area’s rural pioneer families lived. A recently acquired saw mill found its new home here at the museum in late 2009. In addition to the museum and cabin.

Marinette County Historical and Logging Museum

Marinette County Historical and Logging Museum

Map showing general  area covered by Team Bakuns Lake Michigan Trip.

Map showing general area covered by Team Bakuns Lake Michigan Trip.

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AMAZING CAMP-LAND RACE STANDINGS AS OF JULY 31,2013

TEAM BATES RACES PAST TEAM SAYERS INTO FIRST PLACE

It is still any ones  race to win.

Team Bates Vaulted into the lead, after their camping weekend at O’Bannon Woods State Park, that earned them 58 points. They now lead Team Sayers by 24 points. The teams competing in the Amazing Camp-Land Race,sure seem to be having fun. Matt and Allison also learned about fossils at Falls of the Ohio State Park.

Allison and Matt learning about fossils from DNR ranger at  Falls of the OHio State Park

Allison and Matt learning about fossils from DNR ranger at Falls of the OHio State Park

Team Bates at entrance to O'BANNON WOODS STATE PARK.  Allison seeing park from different perspective.

Team Bates at entrance to O’BANNON WOODS STATE PARK. Allison seeing park from different perspective.

Team Bates,the camper and the fire at O'Bannon Woods State Park.

Team Bates,the camper and the fire at O’Bannon Woods State Park.

NEW DESTINATIONS ADDED TO AMAZING CAMP-LAND RACE

Camp at these locations and they are now worth 25 points.

These parks have special bonus points for activities  specified in this Post.

The first park is the Indiana Dunes National Lake shore.   Camp at Dunewood Campground and this will earn you 25 points ,plus the possibility  of Special Bonus Points.  This is an opportunity for the bird watchers to score.  While at the Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore, take pictures of and correctly identify 5 species of birds,you earn 3 points,same as before,but if you find, photograph, and correctly identify more than 5 species you get 3 points for each group of five.  If you take photos of 15 species of birds you will earn 9 points, if they have a “a” or “c” symbol in the column for the time of year when the pictures were taken in the table titled “Birds of the Indiana Dunes A Seasonal Checklist “.  If the bird species has a “u”.”r”,”x”, or “i” then you earn 3 points per species.  The rarity of  the typical bird sightings determines how many bonus points.

The second additional camping location being added to the Destination Parks is Tippecanoe State Park.  If while camping at Tippecanoe State Park, you go and visit Dunn Bridge and take a picture with a teammate wearing the AC Race tee shirt you earn 6 extra bonus points for a total of 9 bonus points.(3 for the normal old bridge picture plus the 6 Special Bonus Points.  Dunn Bridge is in Southern Porter County,In, about 29 miles away from  Tippecanoe  State Park, the park is  near Winamac, IN .

Special Bonus Points can be earned if you play at least nine holes  of Disc Golf, in one session of DG at one of the following parks.  Lemon Lake, Hidden Lake,(Lake County,IN} or Rogers Lakewood Park in Valparaiso,IN.  A picture of your score card ,a picture of you in the Amazing Camp-Land Race shirt while on the Disc Golf Course,and the closest hole# to you when the picture was taken will earn you 9 Special Bonus points.

Team Standings for AMAZING CAMP-LAND RACE as of July 1, 2013

Team Sayers vaults into First Place

Team Sayers Scores 99 points with their  camping weekend at Nascar RV Resort  at Indiana Beach.

Team Sayers scored 88 out of their 99 points this last  weekend, by cooking up a storm,or rather cooking in a storm.  Way to go Team Sayers!  Congratulations  for reaching achievement Level 2 in the  of the Amazing Camp-Land Race.  You are  the  first to reach the “ADVENTURER”  level of competitors in the Amazing Camp-Land Race for 2013.

Team Sayers ready to enter the NASCAR RV  Resort at Indiana Beach.

Team Sayers ready to enter the NASCAR RV Resort at Indiana Beach.

It looks like Team Sayers is just waiting for G58 for a diagonal Bingo,in the Bingo game at Nascar Campground in Indiana Beach.

It looks like Team Sayers is just waiting for G58 for a diagonal Bingo,in the Bingo game at Nascar Campground in Indiana Beach.

Team Sayers campsite at the Nascar campground in Indiana Beach . This is where  they stayed one week-end  , while Competing in the Amazing Camp-Land Race.

Team Sayers campsite at the Nascar campground in Indiana Beach . This is where they stayed one week-end , while Competing in the Amazing Camp-Land Race.

 

Amazing Camp- Land Race Activities June 21-23 2013

Team Bakun Leading Scoring Team for this week.

Team Bakun led the week in scoring with 25 plus points.  The amount of bonus and cooking points will be determined, when they get their Starved Rock State Park photos to us.

The leading team is still Team Bates.

Now is the time and weather to go out and have camping fun.

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Amazing Camp-Land Race Team Challenge : 5 Bird Pictures

Team Bates bird photographs.

Here are Team Bates bird pictures.  They were taken at Starved Rock State Park, and Brown County State Park.

A Wild Turkey..Photo by Team Bates, at Starved Rock State Park. Near Utica,IL

Wild Turkey..Photo by Team Bates, at Starved Rock State Park. Near Utica,IL

A visiting Pelican. Stopped on its migration.Photo by Team Bates, at Starved Rock State Park. Near Utica,IL

A migrating Pelican..Photo by Team Bates, at Starved Rock State Park. Near Utica,IL

American Barn Owl ,picture taken by Team Bates at Presentation at Brown County State Park by Indiana Raptor Center

American Barn Owl ,picture taken by Team Bates at Presentation at Brown County State Park by Indiana Raptor Center

Eastern Screech Owl. Presented by Indiana Raptor Center. Presentation at Brown County State Park.Photo by Team Bates.

Eastern Screech Owl. Presented by Indiana Raptor Center. Presentation at Brown County State Park.Photo by Team Bates.

Red Tailed Hawk. Presented by Indiana Raptor Center. Presentation at Brown County State Park.Photo by Team Bates.

Red Tailed Hawk. Presented by Indiana Raptor Center. Presentation at Brown County State Park.Photo by Team Bates.

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AMAZING CAMP-LAND RACE HAPPENINGS WEEK OF JUNE 10-16

Teams Bates & Sayers reach Sightseer award level.

Teams Bates and Sayers went camping at Brown County State park during the weekend  of  June 14-16 . They enjoyed horse back riding in Brown County State Park, as well as panning for Gold in  Nashville,IN

Team Bates enjoying Brown County State Park Weekend

Team Bates enjoying Brown County State Park

 

Team Bates all set for Brown County State Park ride.

Team Bates all set for Brown County State Park ride.

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Part of the camping fun, was the great camping food.  Isn’t this always the case good food and relaxation. Camping is so good….

 

This is  Team Sayers campsite at Brown County State Park.

This is Team Sayers campsite at Brown County State Park.

A Team Sayers participant having fun panning for gold & gems at Nashville,IN

A Team Sayers participant having fun panning for gold & gems at Nashville,IN

Apps of interest to RV’ers

 SOME APPS FOR RV TRAVELERS

These Apps might be handy ones to have on your Phone or Tablet when you travel away from home:

To find a reliable dealer for service when traveling:     “Priority  RV Network”,     “RVDA RV Dealer Locator”

To find camping sites while on the road:    “Woodalls”,        “Passport America”

To reach the mobile website of Camp-Land RV, go to “mobile.camplandrv.com”

 

Partial List of Amazing Camp-Land Race Destinations

camping at Indiana state park

Twin Bridges at Indiana’s Turkey Run Park

DESTINATION CAMPING SITES for THE AMAZING CAMP-LAND RACE 

Following is a partial list of Destinations and other Challenges for the
Season-Long Game of Camping Fun and Adventure.  The Outdoor
Hobbies and Activities Challenges will be found in a separate post.
Proof of fulfilling the Destination Challenges will be a photo of a family
member in their official Race Shirt by the Park entrance sign and a
second photo with your tent or camper at your campsite.  Bonus points
for visiting a landmark in or near the Park will require two photos proving
you were there.  Please note that if you are camping at a camp site
other than the designated Park, you could still score the Bonus Points
by visiting the Bonus Landmark as a Day.

DESTINATION STATE PARKS IN OUR FOUR-STATE AREA (IL, IN, MI, WI)         
[25 Points, Possible bonus of 5 points]

ILLINOIS CAMPING SITES

  • STARVED ROCK STATE PARK                                                           BONUS: Visit a waterfall.   
  •  LINCOLN’S NEW SALEM STATE HISTORIC SITE                     BONUS: Visit inside the Blacksmith Shop
  • NAUVOO STATE PARK                                                                        BONUS: Visit nearby 1846 Historic Nauvoo visitor
         Center http://www.historicnauvoo.net/  and the Browning Home and Gunsmith Shop in Historic Nauvoo    
  •  APPLE CREEK CANYON STATE PARK                          BONUS: Take 2 good photos of a family member in the Canyon 
  •  PERE MARQUETTE STATE PARK                                                    BONUS: Take a guided Nature Hike with a Ranger

 

INDIANA CAMPING SITES

  •  INDIANA DUNES STATE PARK                            BONUS: (a) Visit the Nature Center or (b) Visit the platform on Mt. Tom 
  •   TURKEY RUN STATE PARK                                   BONUS: Float down Sugar Creek in a canoe 
  •  McCORMICK CREEK STATE PARK                       BONUS: Hike to the Twin Bridges rock formation 
  •  SPRING MILL STATE PARK                                    BONUS: Visit the Mill 
  •  BROWN COUNTY STATE PARK                            BONUS: (a) Enjoy the view from West Lookout blockhouse or (b) Visit the  nearby town of    Nashville, Indiana

 

MICHIGAN CAMPING SITES

  • GRAND HAVEN STATE PARK                                 BONUS: Visit The Musical Fountain 
  • HOLLAND STATE PARK                                            BONUS: Photograph the Windmill in the town of Holland
  • TAHQUAMENON FALLS STATE PARK        BONUS: Take a photo of the falls from 2 different view points
  • WARREN DUNES STATE PARK                               BONUS: Photos on top of Mt. Randall
  • PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS WILDERNESS STATE PARK                    BONUS:  Visit Lake of the Clouds

 

WISCONSIN CAMPING SITES

  •  COPPER FALLS STATE PARK                             BONUS: Waterfalls on Doughboy’s Nature Trail 
  •  DEVIL’S LAKE STATE PARK                               BONUS: Balanced Rock Formation
  •  PENINSULA STATE PARK                                  BONUS: (a) Eagle Bluff Lighthouse or(b) Peninsula two-step Geocache 
  •  KOHLER-ANDRAE STATE PARK                     BONUS: Visit Sanderling Nature Centerand photograph the piece of the keel of the “Challenge”
  • KETTLE MORAINE STATE FOREST-NORTHERN UNIT              BONUS: Reach the top of the Parnell Tower

 

FEATURED  NATIONWIDE CAMPGROUNDS  [25 Points each, Possible 5 point Bonus]

  • MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK          BONUS: Take a funny picture inside the cave.
  • ACADIA NATIONAL PARK                              BONUS:  Acadia has 12-foot tides.  Safely explore the intertidal zone at low tide. Take two interesting photographs of what you find.
  • LIBBY’S OCEANSIDE CAMP, York Harbor, Maine  • Libby’s Oceanside Camp, York Harbor, Maine   http://libbysoceancamping.com./    (Bonus:  Make photo with lighthouse in the background)   BONUS:  Take  photographs with the lighthouse in the background)
  • GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK   BONUS:  Safely take a picture of a Black Bear  (not a close-up)
  • LOUISBOURG RV PARK on the Waterfront     http://louisbourg.com/motorhomepark/   Cape Breton Highlands Park, Nova Scotia —    BONUS: Visit Louisbourg Fortress (Score a double-bonus if you are lucky enough to photograph a live musical performance at the Louisbourg Playhouse next to the RV Park.)
  • YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK              BONUS: Take a photo of Yellowstone Falls & one of Old Faithful erupting.
  • ZION NATIONAL PARK                                   BONUS: Take a trail ride on a horse
  • GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK           BONUS: Ride a mule down into the Canyon
  • EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK                  BONUS:  Photograph an Alligator and a white bird.
  • PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE    BONUS:  Photo of yourself either surf  fishing or posing with a surf fisherman  (for a special treat, try camping on the beach at South Beach Campground –no hookups anywhere in the Park)

 

A SAMPLE OF AMAZING RACE CAMPING FUN

CampLand’s Season-Long Game of Camping Fun & Adventure will feature dozens of places to go and things to do.  Here is a small sample:

Camping Michigan State Park

Camp at Michigan’s Tahquamenon Falls Park

Camp at Michigan’s Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

Score extra points by taking a photo of a family member in their Amazing Camp-Land Race tee shirt with the Falls in the background.

You might even consider a week-long trip around Lake Michigan via the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge!   Michigan’s Upper Penisula has much to offer for campers.

 

 

 

Illinois' Lincoln New Salem Historic Site

Rutledge Tavern at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site.

Camp at Illinois’ Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site.      

Step back  150 years and see Lincoln’s New Salem the way it looked when Abraham Lincoln was a young adult.  See Rutledge Tavern, the General Store where Lincoln worked and many other authentic log buildings.  Visit the Visitor Center Museum.

Score extra points by taking a photo of a family member in their Amazing Camp-Land Race tee shirt in the Blacksmith Shop.

           

 

 

Camp at Indiana Dunes

Beach at Indiana Dunes State Park

Enjoy the Beach at Indiana Dunes State Park.  Camp  at the Indiana Dunes State Park within walking distance of the Beach.  Climb a dune, walk miles of woodland trails, see the Chicago skyline on a clear day.  Score bonus points by climbing a dune OR by visiting the outstanding Dunes Nature Center.  More news is coming soon.  Click the, “Subscribe” , button on the left, so you won’t miss anything.

If you are permanently parked you won’t be able to camp at these Amazing places.  But, you are not forgotten in the Amazing Camp-Land Race.    We have lots of fun things in store for you, your friends,  children and/or grandchildren.  Stay tuned.