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Great Getaways in Michigan’s Upper Thumb

This 15 minute video is a great review of some of the highlights of Michigan’s Thumb.  With 150 miles of shoreline the contrast between the rocky, rugged Lake Huron side is toured to the sugar sand and calm waters of Saginaw Bay. The thumb region is a great area to explore.

This video is from Great Getaways, a television travel series that spotlights active getaway adventures across the Midwest and Canada with an emphasis on the outdoors.


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The Thumb Town of Pinnebog

Pinnebog, Huron County

Walter Hume, “the Daniel Boone of Hume Township,” became the first settler in the area in 1844; this settlement was first called Pinnepog (Chippewa for partridge drum); but there was another Pinnepog five miles north on Saginaw Bay, so this one changed to Pinnebog (“a high sounding and dignified way of saying pine bog”), while the other one changed to Port Crescent; Arthur Heminger became the first postmaster ofpinnebog_shirt Pinnebog on April 15, 1863; the office was closed on Jan. 2, 1872, but was restored on Dec. 19, 1879; it was named from its location near the Pinnebog River. Today much of the original town is gone. However the tiny town is the northern boundary to several of the largest wind farms in the area. Pinnebog is home to the famous Heck’s Bar. Known for its Heckle burger and cool T Shirt design denoting Pinnebog as the center of the universe.


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The Buck Stops Here Travelling to Michigan’s Thumb

When I was first launching ThumbWind over five years ago  I was focused on the low water levels of the Great Lakes and the emerging Wind Energy development.However my readership was pretty low. This was my first post that highlighted something neat in the Thumb. Scott’s Quick Stop is great mid-way break if your driving toward the Detroit area. Ice Cream, Gas and Ammo, it’s a unique combination that seems to work. Here is a re-visit of a 2012 post.

Forty-five minutes into our trip back to Detroit from the shoreline of the upper thumb I find a need to stop.  We’ve found a convenient, quirky place to stretch your legs enjoy an ice cream and browse semi-automatic weapons. Scott’s Quick Stop is located north of Marlette on the corner of Van Dyke (M53) and Sanilac (M46) Roads. The truck stop sports a huge parking lot and always has a steady stream of cars. The main draw outside of gassing up is their ice cream. For a couple of bucks you can get two huge scoops on a real waffle cone. While your enjoying your cone you can also browse a huge sporting goods area with guns and ammo of every type. It’s an odd combination but somehow it works.

The other unique draw of Scott’s happens during opening day of deer season. You’ll notice “The Buck Pole” on the side parking lot. During opening day hunters from all over the thumb place their buck for display and compete of prizes. There has been several record setting bucks brought in to Scotts. In 2010 an 18 point was taken near Bad Axe with an unconfirmed score of 198.

So if you’re heading up to Cheeseburger in Caseville or coming back from a day at the beach its worth pulling in to Scott’s Quick Stop if only for a quick look around.


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