A Michigan straight, so the joke goes in the Midwest, is the way you order a glass of water in this region. I recently got to see a LOT of water on some recent road trips.
A total of 36 hours on the road alone, sure helps you meditate on life and collect your thoughts. I recently had to travel to Alpena, Michigan for two weeks of work. Because of prior obligations at home, I had to make the trip twice, 9 hours each way (with stops) there and back, alone. Deep thoughts, reflections on life, along with loud sing-a-longs with the radio, kept me entertained and awake.
The drive? It was marvelous.
Once-upon-a-time I drove from New Orleans to Orlando along Florida’s gulf coast, expecting to see breathtaking views of the ocean. Instead I got disappointing views of the backsides of condos. Not so, with my drive to Alpena. Starting in Marinette, Wisconsin and there on to Alpena, the views were spectacular. The roads went along desolate, lonely beaches and offered clear, uncluttered views of the lakes.
As I drove, the sandy, pale blue waters of Lake Michigan sparkled in the sunlight, gentle waves lapping delicately against the shoreline. There was no anger in Lady Michigan’s mood this trip, as I have written about in the past. Her demeanor was calm, and the views I enjoyed were soothing and relaxing.
After crossing the Mackinac Bridge, it was Huron’s turn to gleam. Huron sparkled a deeper blue-green than Michigan, and the softly rippling waves I saw, matched the gentleness of Michigan’s. A married couple one might say, these two lakes are separate but one, being joined together in matrimony by the Straits of Mackinac.
I stopped at a few lighthouses, as time allowed, and other points of interest. Limited by work constraints, other stops would have to wait for a return trip. To tell you the truth, a return trip is definitely in order, as Alpena (and the stops along the way) had much to offer, with the architecture, stunning views and an interesting assortment of things to do.
I would say this drive is one of my top 3 and would not hesitate to do it again. I highly recommend this road trip to anyone looking to do some sightseeing over a long weekend. Do it in fall and it would be even better!
My travels aren’t over yet as I get set to take off again this Thursday.
Next stops up are Seattle, Washington and British Colombia, Canada, eh? Stay tuned and prepare to come with me.