Michigan’s magical Upper Peninsula

*Somewhere for the weekend* ~ Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

This week’s virtual adventure takes us on a magical mystery tour of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I’ll be unlocking some of its many outstanding geographical features as well as looking at lighthouses, checking out shipwrecks, highlighting the Geocaching hot spots, and finding out about Jasper’s Knob…and on that note let’s go have a look around.

Must sees…

With a wide range of activities available for any kind of traveller – Michigan’s UP has it all. From bird watching for eagles and tundra swans to ice climbing, snow biking and hiking. The summer months are the perfect time to admire some of the many waterfalls, lighthouses, colonial forts and camping spots and if canoeing takes your fancy there are dozens of great spots to get the paddles out too.

Visit the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum – If you’re keen on your history then this could be a really interesting stop for you. Go remember those brave souls who lost their lives to the sea and help to keep their stories alive. Perfect for the Geo kid’s too as there’s plenty to see at the museum and it’ll really encourage their adventurous curiosity.

Michigan Shipwreck Museum IMG_0267 - CC2010 Ben Dominguez-Benner

Michigan Shipwreck Museum IMG_0267 – CC2010 Ben Dominguez-Benner

Hike to frozen waterfalls in Tahquamenon Falls State Park – Keep your eyes peeled for moose, black bears, coyotes, porcupines and bald eagles as you make your way over to the stunning Tahquamenon Falls. There also at number 8 on the Geocaches list so don’t forget to update your GPS before you go!

Find one of the 40 lighthouses in Michigan’s UP – That’s right there are over 40 lighthouses dotted all around the coasts some of which you can go inside and others which you can stay at. Check out the link for more information and also number 3 on the Geocaching list.

Get yourself deeper underground on a mining tour – If you’re in copper country then you’ve gotta go looking for copper right?! Well, this is the best place to do just that, book yourself on one of their amazing underground tours or if you’re there at the right time then try out the ‘Miner’s Revenge‘ mountain bike race another extreme bike challenge for those with peddle power!

Snow bike your way through amazing terrain – Marquette in Michigan has a great trail for those keen to have a go at this sport…and looking at this amazing video by filmmaker Aaron Peterson it really highlights why snow biking is taking off in such a big way!

I don’t know about you but after seeing all of that frosty terrain I’m really starting to warm up to Michigan’s UP…let’s have a look at the Geocaches…

Top 11 Geocaches in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula…

1. Arch Rock – GCPFP8 by Cyclops

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Earthcache

Number of favourite points: 127

To claim this cache on Mackinac Island in Lake Huron you’ll need to find out about the mysterious creation of ‘Mackinac Breccia’. Let’s hope your quest to this cache isn’t a rocky road…

Arch Rock, Mackinac Island CC2009 Charles Pence

Arch Rock, Mackinac Island CC2009 Charles Pence

2. The 6/8/34 Mackinaw Travelbug Inn – GC2N0AZ by SP500

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

Number of favourite points: 96

Exactly what it says on the tin a TB hotel!

3. Manistique East Breakwater Light – GCGYQ9 by basswoodbend

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Virtual

Number of favourite points: 65

A gorgeous photo opportunity if, like me, you’re into your lighthouses!

4. St. Anthony’s Rock – GC1E8AR by CacherX4

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 1

Cache Type: Earthcache

Number of favourite points: 58

In order to claim your find for this one you’ll need to learn about how rock formations called ‘sea stacks’ are created.

5. The Measure of the Keweenaw – GCHRGT by Capt. Bud

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 1

Cache Type: Virtual

Number of favourite points: 58

Check out this one to be amazed at the amount of snow that falls up here in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula!

6. Man Eating Clam !! YIKES!! – GCK9X7 by TreePlanter,Sketcher,Hillhiker,Chris,TakeAHike!

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 1

Cache Type: Virtual

Number of favourite points: 53

See if you can tempt your Geo kids into pulling their best clam faces next to this gigantic clam! 

Man-Killing Clam CC2007 Dave Hogg

Man-Killing Clam CC2007 Dave Hogg

7. Lake of the Clouds – GCJZ43 by The Outback Caching Team

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 1

Cache Type: Virtual

Number of favourite points: 52

A bit of a hike to get to this one but the view is definitely worth that extra bit of effort. Check out the cache page for more details.

8. Tahquamenon Falls – GC13ZEY by DarrylW4 & Firefly03

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 1

Cache Type: Earthcache

Number of favourite points: 49

There’s a fee to enter the area near this cache but from the smiles on the cache page it’s definitely worth a couple of bucks!

9. Bond Falls – GC2BKP2 by The Keatons

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Traditional

Number of favourite points: 30

This cache highlights one of the things that I love about Geocaching – Geocachers know where all the best free parking spots are! To avoid the charge at this popular tourist spot just have a look at the cache page before you go.

Bond Falls 6300 CC2008 send2davet

Bond Falls 6300 CC2008 send2davet

10. Brain Hill – GC2B9 by Tim and Sandy

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 3.5

Cache Type: Traditional

Number of favourite points: 25

Michigan’s third oldest cache hidden on 17th February 2001! Perfect if you’re trying to complete a challenge 😉

11. The World’s Largest Gemstone – GC1C6F1 by Team LaLonde

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Earthcache

Number of favourite points: 24

I was going to stop my list at 10 but I couldn’t resist telling you about ‘Jasper’s Knob’…yes you heard me right but it’s not what you’re thinking!

As the cache title suggests it’s the nickname of the world’s largest gemstone made from the semiprecious stone jasper and hematite – best known as iron ore. Want to know more about it? Perhaps someone from the Michigan Geocaching Organization can help you out…?

Have you ever been to Michigan’s UP? What were your highlights? Do you prefer to visit in the summer or winter months? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

If you liked this post don’t forget to share it with your Geocaching/travel buddies…

Until next time,

Happy caching! 🙂

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