8 September 2013
At the crack of 6:00 we will begin the drive north to one of our favorite places - the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
We have been making trips to the UP for over 30 years. It all started when Betsy and I were dating. I would drive up to Cleveland Heights from Morgantown with all the camping gear and then we head on up to the UP for some private time.
Our last trip up that way was to kick off Betsy's retirement. That was Three Weeks in Michigan and one of our better trips. Betsy even let me add her journal to the trip report so you know it had to be good!
We have never been up thata way this time of the year. Our visits have always been in May and June. It should be interesting to see just how different it looks and feels.
On this trip we will be exploring some areas we have not been to before: The shore of Lake Huron and Drummond Island.
Along the way, I hope to relocate the place where I first saw the rare and elusive Hart's Tongue Fern (Asplenium scolopendrium). The first and last time I was there was in 1977 with Joe Beitel and Herb and Florence Wagner. Joe had discovered the site and was eager to show it to us.
I hope I am able to relocate the site after all these years.