Michigan

 

 

 

Michigan's East Coast
July 23 - 26, 2007

Every day of this tour was outstanding, featuring activities that far surpassed our expectations!  Enjoy viewing the pictures.

7.27.07:  I want to thank you, Myron, Paul and Chad for a trip that will give me memories for a long time to come.
Phyllis Rozanski

7.28.07:  The Thunder Bay Elk Preserve had to be the highlight of the trip.  Seeing the elk that close and learning so much about them was fascinating.  Jan and Jack were perfect hosts, letting us experience their lives for a short time.  Fun, laughter and learning--what a great combination..  We are glad we had the opportunity to go on the Michigan East Coast trip and would
highly recommend it to anyone who wants something different.  Bonnie and Del Troyer

7.31.07:  What a great trip we had!  Thanks.
Ron & Rae Wright

7.31.07:  We had such a great time.  We just haven't been able to stop talking about our wonderful experiences.  You do a great job and will join you again sometime.  Thanks.
Neil & Pat Klockow

8.26.07  Thank you......it was a GREAT TRIP!
Bob & Sandy Pattillo

We arrived at the Bay City, Michigan Doubletree, did a quick run to our rooms before boarding the Appledore for our evening dinner cruise.

Our Captain.

And off we sail for the evening.

First, a wonderful buffet dinner was served.

Then it's smooth sailing on calm waters with perfect weather.

 

Questions being answered by the First Mate.

And it's time for our passengers to help raise the sails.

In the morning, we met with our guide for a driving tour of Bay City, followed by midmorning tea at Matthew 6:26 Bed & Breakfast.

The first 3 pictures are the Innkeepers, Denise and Thomas Janczewski.

 

 

Tea in the backyard.

That evening, we boarded the North Star for an evening on Big Charity Island.

 

Bob Wiltse welcomed us to the island and to his and his wife, Karen's, home, giving us an explanation of how they acquired the island and the events which followed, such as building their lovely home next to the lighthouse.

Then a short walk to their home nestled in the woods for dinner on their porch with a great view of the bay.

 

 

 

Then the sad time came to board and return to the mainland.  The bonus was a stellar sunset and a cruise past Gravely Shoals Light.

We head north in the morning with our first stop at Tawas Point Lighthouse.

 

Then on to Sturgeon Point Lighthouse

 

It was then on to lunch at the Fletcher Brewing Company and the Thunder Bay National Underwater Shipwreck Preserve

Lunch was followed by helping Charles and Martha celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary.  Heidi Dewald, our Tour Director, is pictured with Charles and Martha in the second picture.

We then moved on to Thunder Bay Resort in Hillman, Michigan, a family-owned and run business owned by Jack and Jan Matthias.  We were greeted by their lovely daughter, Maureen, who I am sorry to say I did not get a picture of.

First are pictures of our accommodations, where we took a short breath and had a bit of a chance to step onto our deck for a look over the golf course.

We then boarded the carriages for a ride through their elk preserve, getting very up close and personal.  Yes, we were standing this close to the elk, who were behind a fence.  Their antlers were still in velvet, at which time they are very docile.

Jack was our guide and narrator.

Before returning to our rooms, we stopped at the lodge for an absolutely superb dinner, all cooked on a wood burning stove by Jack's wife, along with wine tasting.

 

Dinner is served!

Take a look at the men's and women's restrooms!

What a good looking group!

Taking in the lovely view off the deck after arriving back at our rooms.

Breakfast before departure for home.

Saying goodbye to Jack.  Thank you so very much, Jack, for a marvelous time!  We'll see you again in 2008!