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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THE AMAZING RACE IS UNDERWAY!

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.

Team Activities ,the last weekend of July 2013

Team Bates are traveling far and wide in Indiana

They had fun at O’Bannon Woods State Park and side trip to Falls of the Ohio State Park

Team Bates collected leaves,Matt and Allison did the first artwork submitted in The Amazing Camp-Land Race.  Here is their artwork and leaf collection.  This is what camping is all about.  The teams participating in the Race will always have their memories of this camping season.

Matt, age 10, drawing their camper.

Matt, age 10, drawing their camper.

Matt ,from Team Bates, and Team Bates Home Away From Home.  Mom's hand?

Matt ,from Team Bates, and Team Bates Home Away From Home. Mom’s hand?

Allison Bates 9,Drawing Amazing Camp-Land Race logo.

Allison Bates 9,Drawing Amazing Camp-Land Race logo.

Allison's finished Race logo.

Allison’s finished Race logo.

Allison drawing O'Bannon Woods State Park's swimming pool.

Allison drawing O’Bannon Woods State Park’s swimming pool.

O'Bannon Woods State Park's swimming pool  with people ,towels,and chairs.

O’Bannon Woods State Park’s swimming pool with people ,towels,and chairs.

Allison showing off leaves collected at O'Bannon Woods State Park.

Allison showing off leaves collected 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.

Amazing Camp-Land Race Happenings Week of Juneb 17-23

Team Bakun Camps  at Starved Rock State Park.  Team Bates has fun at Green Briar Lake  ,Dugger, IN(Sullivan County)

Here are a few photos from the weekend.

Team Bakun's home weekend of June 21-23 at Starved Rock state Park.

Team Bakun’s home weekend of June 21-23 at Starved Rock state Park.

Team Bakun  getting ready to have fun at Starved Rock State Park.

Team Bakun getting ready to have fun at Starved Rock State Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A young member of Team Bates with, her blue gill she caught in Green Briar Lake.

A young member of Team Bates with, her blue gill she caught in Green Briar Lake.

A team Bates youngster with another Blue gill

A team Bates youngster with another Blue gill

 

Team Bakun Intently Geo-caching at Starved Rock state Park

Team Bakun Intently Geo-caching at Starved Rock state Park

Team Bates beating the heat at Green Briar Lake.

Team Bates beating the heat at Green Briar Lake.

The children of Team Bates swinging over the lake.  Do they drop into the lake?

The children of Team Bates swinging over the lake. Do they drop into the lake?

 

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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THE AMAZING RACE IS UNDERWAY!

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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THE AMAZING RACE IS UNDERWAY!

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

AMAZING CAMP-LAND RACE TEAM STANDINGS AS OF JUNE 10,2013

Much of the camping season is still in front of us.   Two of the teams have gotten out, even with the non camping friendly weather. They have participated in numerous race activities.  Teams Bates and Sayers have enjoyed themselves.They have found birds nests,have gone geocaching,cooked,have taken  pictures of flowers,water falls, frogs, snakes, and camping at Starved Rock State Park  .   This is what camping fun is all about.

Team Bates at Starved Rock State Park Enterance

Team Bates at Starved Rock State Park Entrance

Currently Team Bates leads the race standings with 76 points, followed by Team Sayers with 48 points .  You other teams; there is still plenty of time to have fun and catch the leaders.

Sayer's campsite at Starved Rock State Park

Sayer’s campsite at Starved Rock State Park

 

AMAZING CAMPLAND RACE EVENTS CHALLENGES

 

Watch and Camp with the shooters

Watch and Camp with the shooters

JUNE 8-16,2013.  National Muzzleloading Rifle Association Spring national Shoot,  Friendship, Indiana.  http://nmlra.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/2013-SPRING-SHOOT-FLYER.pdf    You don’t have to actually participate in order to camp there and observe the costumed muzzleloaders pursue their hobby.  Remember this will be worth 15 POINTS

 

We will add  some more interesting events and festivals to the AMAZING CAMP-LAND RACE  CHALLENGES in the near future.

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”