Steamship Excursion From Detroit 1910

Steamers Detroit Michigan 1910

While railroads had been in service for much of the major cities in southern Michigan, excursion steamships were still a comfortable and viable option to get to Michigan’s northern resort areas. You could board a ship on a Friday evening, have dinner on board, and arrive in north Michigan the next morning.

Michigan Day Trip Around the Thumb – Part Two

Michigan Beach Vacation

In Part One of our Michigan Day Trip Around the Thumb we traveled from Port Huron up the eastern shore of Lake Huron to the tip of the Thumb. Our starting point for the second half of our adventure is in Grindstone City. We will begin heading west along Saginaw Bay’s shore of sugar sand beaches and interesting coastal towns and villages. I hope you brought your bathing suit because this side of the Thumb offers some of the best swimming beaches in Michigan.

Michigan Day Trip Around the Thumb – Part One

Saginaw Bay Beach

If you have been housebound for the past 40 days I would like to offer you some potential ideas to explore and take that outdoor walk. Especially as the weather improves. Officially we are still under the executive orders for Stay Home, Stay Safe. However, this does not prevent a person or immediate family that is currently in the same household from engaging in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, biking. There is no better place to do that, using safe distance practices, then in Michigan’s Thumb.

A Fortnight in the Wilderness by Alexis De Tocqueville

Fortnight In The Wilderness Alexis De Tocqueville

In 1831, two 26-year-old, French aristocrats, Alexis De Tocqueville, and Gustave de Beaumont, decided to strike out, in what today’s terms, would be the ultimate road trip. Namely, traveling overland from Detroit, to the last “white” settlement in the Northwest Territories, to Saginaw Michigan.