Day 3: Gaylord, Alpena, Presque Isle, Petoskey

Trip Start Jul 16, 2012
Trip End Jul 25, 2012

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Alpena Lighthouse
Presque Isle Lighthouse
Forty Mile Point Lighthouse
Petoskey State Park

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Gaylord is such a cute little town! It kind of reminds me of my home town, Marshall. Today is Alpenfest! This is definitely a town gathering and festival, it seemed as if everyone knew each other. I totally looked like a tourist just because I didn't know anyone! They kicked off Alpenfest with a parade in the morning. Everyone was dressed in their Swiss attire and walked down the main street. Before all the festivities started they had free donuts and coffee for everyone! I stayed for a little while and people-watched and then headed out.

I drove to Alpena to see the lighthouse there. It is a small red lighthouse that sits on Lake Huron. There's a walkway to view the lighthouse but it's definitely a bit of a hike.

I left Alpena and headed up the coast to Presque Isle. There was a nice beach area and the water is SO blue! It almost looked like the Caribbean! I visited the old Presque Isle lighthouse and the new lighthouse which is about a mile down the road. I also went by Forty Mile Point Lighthouse near Rogers City and they also have a shipwreck site here too.

I headed up north towards Mackinaw City. I didn't stay here long because I would be coming back here in a few days to go to the Upper Peninsula (UP). I headed along the western coast of Michigan towards Petoskey. This is a nice area and reminds me a little of Rhode Island. I went to Petoskey State Park to look for Petoskey Stones but I couldn't find any. They are probably a lot harder to find than I think. I love the town of Petoskey! It's on a hill and overlooks Little Traverse Bay. It's not too big of a town but not small either. I stayed in the Econo Lodge. It wasn't too bad but a little expensive for one night. I have a long day ahead of me tomorrow!
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