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Old 09-08-2020, 10:51 AM
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I have a month off work starting this Saturday.

I have no plans.

Tell me where I should go.

Discing, hiking/backpacking are my main activites. But other attractions, touristy or not, are welcome.

I sorta plan to stay mostly in WI/UP mostly bc covid. But if it were worth it, I have the time to go anywhere. I was initally going to also go to my Mom's in Tuscon, but I don't wanna go to AZ right now. And NM has quarantine rules, which is the state I like most down there, so probably going to bail on that.

I thought for a second about Yellowstone again, but...eh. Idk. I sort of want to do some of the Continental Divide Trail there, but it's a long ways for that. Might head that way and just stop at Badlands.

Any and all suggestions welcome. Anyone that lives in N WI or the UP tell me: what are the coolest things tourists DON'T see?
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Old 09-08-2020, 12:01 PM
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Porcupine Mt. is pretty righteous, both from a hiking standpoint as well as disc golf.

Powder Mill in Marquette.

North Manitou Island and Sleeping Bear Dunes on the far side of the lake from you are amazing backpacking.

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Old 09-08-2020, 01:39 PM
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Hmmm...I hadn't considered mainland MI much. But I do still need to get to Flip City at some point, so that is a possibility. I went to Mackinaw a couple times as a little kid. Could be fun to go back

Sleeping Bear does look cool!
One of the few places I know I am stopping is Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Superior in the UP.

Looking at google maps, I am wondering if there are trails all the way out to the end of the peninsula in Wilderness State Park, to get out to Waugoshance Point. That looks like a sweet day or two of backpacking.
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Stay in town and develop a practice strategy. Maybe start each day with an hour of putting then off to do some field work for about 2 hours then home for brunch. Then time for more putting before heading to say Capital Springs for a practice round then home for more putting. Good nights sleep then repeat. See if you can knock one stroke off your handicap in one month. Have fun on your vacation.

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Well if you have a month off, Highbridge seems like a no brainier at some point.
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Stay in town and develop a practice strategy. Maybe start each day with an hour of putting then off to do some field work for about 2 hours then home for brunch. Then time for more putting before heading to say Capital Springs for a practice round then home for more putting. Good nights sleep then repeat. See if you can knock one stroke off your handicap in one month. Have fun on your vacation.
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Well if you have a month off, Highbridge seems like a no brainier at some point.
Tis the plan. Probably towards the end, because last year I was there about that time, and it was amazing with the fall colors.

My "plan" is just to follow the shoreline looking for hiking and disc. I am playing a private tourney around Zobel area Sat/Sun, then I am going to head to the East terminus of Ice Age Trail (I think it's in Door County). Then just follow the shoreline to HBH, basically. Might dip into mainland MI now that I've been thinking about it.

I can find all the courses online (besides unlisted private ones), and I can find most of the trails with google and alltrails and whatever. What I was hoping for this thread is to find a couple things I WON'T find on Google. Or somewhere that's actually really cool but doesn't look that way at a glance online.

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Hmmm...I hadn't considered mainland MI much. But I do still need to get to Flip City at some point, so that is a possibility. I went to Mackinaw a couple times as a little kid. Could be fun to go back

Sleeping Bear does look cool!
One of the few places I know I am stopping is Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Superior in the UP.

Looking at google maps, I am wondering if there are trails all the way out to the end of the peninsula in Wilderness State Park, to get out to Waugoshance Point. That looks like a sweet day or two of backpacking.
Pictured Rocks is very beautiful, too. Unfortunately didn't get to spend much time there but the backpacking seemed really solid from the little I saw.
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Pictured Rocks is very beautiful, too. Unfortunately didn't get to spend much time there but the backpacking seemed really solid from the little I saw.
North Country Scenic Trail (which runs from NY to ND and is like 4,200 miles long(!)) goes through it, right on the shore. Definitely doing a fair bit of NCST this trip. The parts I've done in WI were very nice.

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Hmmm...I hadn't considered mainland MI much. But I do still need to get to Flip City at some point, so that is a possibility. I went to Mackinaw a couple times as a little kid. Could be fun to go back

Sleeping Bear does look cool!
One of the few places I know I am stopping is Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Superior in the UP.

Looking at google maps, I am wondering if there are trails all the way out to the end of the peninsula in Wilderness State Park, to get out to Waugoshance Point. That looks like a sweet day or two of backpacking.
Renting a kayak and checking out Pictured Rocks is about the best way to see the most natural beauty. Mrs. ru4por and I did a tour a couple years ago. Took a nice boat ride and actually launched the kayaks from the boat and back onto the boat.
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Renting a kayak and checking out Pictured Rocks is about the best way to see the most natural beauty. Mrs. ru4por and I did a tour a couple years ago. Took a nice boat ride and actually launched the kayaks from the boat and back onto the boat.
I'm not planning to kayak, since I have never done it before, but anything is possible. I imagine the trail above is also pretty sweet.

The Apostle Island Maritime Cliffs State Natural Area in WI is probably similar to Pictured Rocks, if only like 1% the size of it - I walked the trail up top there and watched many, many kayakers go past below. Looks fun. But I'd want to be alone, not with a group or a guide.

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