It was all set. Plans were made. Meet ups with some local friends where arranged. Passports were in hand. We were heading towards Newfoundland, an island I fell in love with and one I wanted to share with my family as they did not get a chance to experience it yet. Then my wife's workplace took back some of her requested vacation days, thus leaving us to little time to merit the long drive north. Not ones to sit around feeling sorry for ourselves, action was called for. We decide to make a trip that's been bubbling in our future travels cauldron for some time. We laid plans to head up to Michigan's UP and see some of those places our ExPo brethen have been taunting us with. With the help of some of those fine folks we made ready to see new terriory for us and have a great time in the backwoods of Michigan's northern territory.
We set out early last Friday morning heading our Tundra towards I-80. In tow was our Fleetwood Evolution pop-up trailer. Loaded with gear and supplies we were rearing to go! With good weather and some fine navigating by my wife Michelle we pulled up towards the Mackinaw bridge in under 10 hours. Taking a cue from 86cj, we decide to spend the night at the southern side of the bridge at the Wilderness State Forest campground. We were in no particular hurry and it was getting close to supper time anyways. After getting the trailer set-up and making some potato soup and biscuits for supper we settled down for the night.
The next morning we were rolling across the bridge early intent on making our way to our first stop, Drummond Island.
We found ourselves rolling down highway 134 taking in the lakeshore sights as we rolled east. We stopped at a little bakery in Cedarville and bought some kick butt pastries and peanutbutter cookies. The folks who ran the shop were really great as we spent some time shooting the breeze with them. Later we pulled off the side of 134 to check out a stretch of dunes and beach. While we we're messing around on the shoreline a group of lifted Jeeps and one Land Cruiser drove by, honking their horns and waving. We later caught up with that group at the gas station in Detour and found out they were from the Great Lakes 4WD Club. My Jeep liscense plate on the front off my Tundra got some laughs as it's not something you see every day. I spent some time BSing with a couple of those folks and we found out they were heading to Drummond also. The driver of the LC, Dave, seemed to check out the Expo from time to time and asked if we had been here before. After we replied it was our first time here, he was kind enough to give us one of his island trail maps. That came in handy for the next couple of days, so if your checking in Dave, thanks man that was sure decent of you! Here's a shot of us stuck in the middle of the Great Lakes crew.
We loaded up on the ferry where my Toyota was surround by Jeeps. A couple minutes later we were on Drummond Island soil and heading towards the backwoods.