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!

NEW AMAZING CAMP-LAND RACE CHALLENGES

IT’S A LITTLE EARLY TO THINK ABOUT FALL, BUT ……..

FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO PLAN AHEAD, HERE ARE SOME NEW EVENT CHALLENGES:

  • JOHNNY APPLESEED FESTIVAL,  FT. WAYNE, IN,  SEPT 21, 22, 2013       www.johnnyappleseedfest.com   Camp at the adjacent City Park Campground or at other area campgrounds.  (15 points)
  • PARKE COUNTY COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL in Southern Indiana starts the 2nd FRIDAY OF OCTOBER AND RUNS THROUGH 2 WEEKENDS.  http://www.coveredbridges.com/   There are many campgrounds in the area and, during that week, many makeshift campgrounds.  (15 points)

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    One of Parke Countie’s Many Bridges

  •  IF YOU ARE NOT THAT FOND OF BIG CROWDS, YOU CAN VISIT  PARKE COUNTY ANY TIME AND EARN 3 POINTS FOR SEEING A COVERED BRIDGE (They claim to have 40 in the area.)
  • WITNESS THE AMAZING SANDHILL CRANE FALL MIGRATION  at Jasper Pulaski State Fish & Game Area near Medaryville, IN. Peak time is usually OCTOBER-NOVEMBER.  http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3091.htm   This is an amazing spectacle when thousands of these big birds congregate in an open field near an observation platform.  They no longer allow camping in the park, but there are numerous campgrounds nearby.  (15 points)Sandhill Cranes
  • Sandhill Cranes at Jasper Pulaski

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Camping in an Indiana State Park

In the canyon far below us, a creek flowed from the  mouth of a cave.  Through a gap in the forest, we could just see the cave surrounded on three sides by sheer limestone cliffs.  As we followed the rim of the canyon downstream, the trail brought us to a rocky point jutting out into the tree-filled canyon;  and there it was, spread out before us!  The canyon opened into a wide green valley.  Smoke curled from the chimney of a log cabin directly below us and hung in the sunlit air over the valley.  The smell of wood smoke was everywhere.  A stone grist mill stood in the middle of the valley — its huge wheel creaking and groaning as it slowly turned.  A woman in long skirts and a bonnet was walking across the the clearing between cabins …

Can you identify the State Park where we were hiking?  Have you ever camped there?