Time to Relax...and Some Excitement, too!

Trip Start Apr 29, 2010
Trip End Nov 30, 2010

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Friday, August 13, 2010

 We left Lake of the North and headed up to the Upper Peninsula. As we crossed the Mackinac (pronounced like Mackinaw) Bridge, everything is big, beautiful and impressive.  The bridge itself is rather awesome and it spans where Lake Huron is on the right (east side) and Lake Michigan is on the left (west side) and they are HUGE!!!  Looking out on Lake Huron, the water was a pretty turquoise then a deep blue and there was a ferry running south with a giant rooster-tail behind it. A little beyond that was a sailboat with Mackinac Island beyond it.

Eventually, at the end of the bridge we started west across the Upper Peninsula, which to the locals, is almost like another State. They refer to the rest of the State as Down Below. The majority of the U P, as they call it, is sparsely populated and has many National and State Forests. The eastern portion is surrounded by Lake Superior on the north, Lake Michigan on the south and Lake Huron on the east.  We stopped for a night at the Escanaba WalMart, then continued on into Wisconsin.

We had reservations for five nights at the West Bay Camping Resort near Rhinelander, WI, However, when we got there, we found it to be really buried in the woods, with no possibility of using our satellite for TV, nor did they have cable, and there was also no cel reception for either of our cels or our internet air-cards. Plus the pool was closed and the mosquitoes were plentiful. I did try to get a photo of some cute chipmunks but they'd run away, even when I offered some nuts (which were all gone in the morning).  So we only stayed one night, then continued on to the Christmas Mountain Village near Wisconsin Dells, WI.

We get a kick out of what some places call 'mountains' that are hardly more than molehills... this is one of them. The resort is popular all year long, and admitedly, the slopes are mostly for tubing or ski lessons for novices.  
But it is a lovely resort with cabins, condos and RV areas, and a large number of activities including golf, tennis, pools & spas, boating, and just about everything else.  I took the photo of the 1st Fairway, then turned around and took a photo of our RV from the same spot. They also do horse drawn wagon rides such as the one that pass by us.

Wisconsin Dells is definitely a tourist town. From my point of view, I would sort of compare it to Maui and in particular, Lahaina. Of course, they don't look alike, but the multitude of tourist shops   and lots of fun things to do, is the similarity. They boast that it's the "Waterpark Capitol of the World" because they have so many waterparks, each with a bigger, faster, scarier or more elaborate water slide/attraction than the others. Also, there's all kinds of activities to do on the river. From slow moving tubes floating along   to the jet boats that race up and down the river, doing donut spins,    fast turns and power stops. That was what we like, so we did the two jet boat trips,     first on the Upper Dells and followed by the Lower Dells. The dam separates the Upper and Lower parts of the Wisconsin River.  I think we agreed that the Upper Dells trip was more fun because our Captain Brook did more spins, turns and stops, as well as, telling us interesting stories of the area's history. 

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