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Your authors encourage you to attend the 2017 International Rally, July 22-29 at the Upper Peninsula (UP) State Fairgrounds, Escanaba, Michigan.
If you have been in the UP, you may have already fallen in love with the area. But for our “newbies,” we believe you will become “enchanted” with many things the UP has to offer. The formula for enchantment includes traveling beyond your Escanaba destination. If you have the time, please plan to visit other areas before or after the International.
From the Lonely Planet: “Perhaps life isn’t so harried in the UP because there are simply fewer people here. Around 320,000 residents (3% of the Mitten State’s population) live among the region’s 16,500 square miles - making up 28% of Michigan’s landmass. That’s a lot of elbow room.”
“All this bodes well for visitors who want to explore the 4,000 inland lakes, some 40 picturesque lighthouses and 3000 waterfalls, sunken shipwrecks, colonial forts and more than 1,000 years of Native American history.”
Here are some areas of the UP that are suggested for your exploration. These areas are along the south shore of Lake Superior, two to four hours north and east of Escanaba.

If you enjoy bird watching, check out the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory ( ). Rarities, such as the Boreal Owl and Jaegers have occasionally been seen there, among the 340 species recorded. While you are in the Whitefish Point area, you may tour the Great Lake Shipwreck Museum covering the shipwrecks on Lake Superior, including the Edmund Fitzgerald. You may recall the Gordon Lightfoot song about the 729 foot, 13,632 gross ton ore carrier ( ). And yes, part of your enchantment will be that you are in Paradise, Michigan!

In this same area of the Upper Peninsula, you may take a Scenic Heritage Route ( This drive will include the Tahquamenon Scenic Byway, a 63 mile route leading to the Tahquamenon Falls State Park. The Falls has a 50 foot drop, second only to Niagara Falls as the most voluminous vertical waterfall east of the Mississippi River.
(Learning to say “Tahquamenon” is easy: just think “phenomenon” and say “Tahqua” instead of “pheno.” Well, it works for me!)
40 miles of sandstone cliffs, with multi-colored streaks of mineral stain, make up Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. (
Many Airstreamers have seen the Pictured Rocks, both from the water and from hiking trails in the park. From Munising, MI you can board a tour boat that will provide narration and close-up views of this beauty. Natural beauty is abundant. The beauty of the UP, whether along a shoreline, near a waterfall, or on a forest road, will become an enchanted memory for life.

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