Friday, January 12, 2007

The Upper P

MS and the IFR Pilot are planning their next hair-raising, boys-weekend adventure. We're thinking of conquering the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the spring. Besides Mackinac Island, who's got other suggestions for us on places that we gotta see and things we gotta do? You know, stuff that isn't likely to be found here.

3 comments:

Bill said...

I would recommend this website. www.adventurepilot.com for some things to do up there.

Anonymous said...

Traverse City is a great resort area. I think you'd like it.

DeltaWhiskey said...

I've done a fair amount of traveling in the UP.

If you like hiking, fly into Houghton, MI (CMX)...which is WAY up there. There's lots to do in wandering around the Keeweenaw penninsula. Copper Harbor is nice and quaint. Beautiful lakeshore. I'd wait for LATE spring for that one, though...they usually get upwards of 200inches of snow a year. Last summer I went to Isle Royale NP with my wife. Unless you've got floats, it's not a fly-in, but it's still pretty nice. We rode the boat in and flew out. You can read my blog entry at: http://poweredbylycoming.blogspot.com/2006_08_01_archive.html

Empire (Y87) and Sugar Loaf (Y04) are really small airports, but close to Sleeping Bear Dunes, and some pretty lakeshore and lakes near Traverse City. Traverse City/bay is nice, but it is a busy resort town. This may be good for finding a place to stay, but you really won't get a good feel for the small-town Michigan that you would other places. Think Gatlinburg, TN, but up north.

Beaver Island (SXJ) is one place that I'd really like to go. It's about 20nm in the middle of Lake Michigan and has a 4300ft paved runway. Pretty island, and I'd really like to see it from the air.

Northern Michigan is really nice in the summer - I plan to do some serious flying up around there this year.