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 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!

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)

 

Beach Camping on Fort Myers Beach…Yes, Please!

It’s still cold in Indiana and camping on the beach sounds so wonderful! Picture stepping out of your very own camper and walking 5 steps onto the warm sandy beach or dining by campfire and listening to the ocean waves wash ashore.  As many times as I have been to Fort Myers Beach, Florida, I have only passed by the single campground on this beach; sometimes I actually sit in front of it, waiting in line to drive off the island.  During my most recent visit to Florida, I was determined to see just how close you could camp to the beach. Well, it turns out Red Coconut RV Park literally has sites on the beach!Red Coconut Campground in Ft Myers Beach, FL We’re not talking primitive beach camping. Each RV site features full hook-up, basic cable and internet service, a concrete slab to park on and a picnic table. There are also laundry facilities, a bath house, and a recreation hall which has many activities. This is a pet-friendly park, as long as you bring immunization records. For more on camping with your pet, view our previous blog, http://blog.camplandrv.com/traveling-with-pets/. While walking amongst the beachfront sites, I spoke with a woman that has been coming to the Red Coconut for 31 years. She and her husband come for 3 months every year and book their next year’s stay as they leave. Now in her 80’s, she says she can’t handle the exposure to the sun very long each day, but she enjoys the view and the many things to do around the park and Fort Myers Beach. The park has shuffleboard courts, pancake breakfasts and movie nights, to name a few activities.

As for things to do on Fort Myers Beach, there is something for everyone. They have a great website, http://www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov/, which explains the many things going on in the area. Downtown on Times Square there are street performers, the Pier, restaurants and many shops to catch your eye. Another option is to hit the Farmers Market on a Friday morning to score some fresh fruit, veggies and seafood and take back to your campsite to prepare. If you are unable to have a car while visiting they have that covered too! The Lee Trolley runs the island and beyond for a minimal cost, is easily accessible.

So, it’s safe to say that you do not have to stick to camping and hiking in state parks to enjoy your camper during ‘camping season’.  You can hook up your travel trailer or hop in your motorhome and head some place warm to feel the sand between your toes and listen to waves crashing ashore. If you have never considered camping on the beach before, I hope this has warmed you up a new idea.