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Old 06-20-2017, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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We just spent a fabulous extended weekend camping near L'Anse (Ojibwa Campground). One day hiking at the Canyon Falls trail Awesome hike - stunning in most places until it turns into mud. Even then it is still pretty. Then up to the mountains for a mine tour (Mining Adventure) - also pretty awesome. The rest of the time we spent exploring around the mountains or L'anse and environs, plus a little sort of off-roading in Barraga Forest (technically on a road, but impassible without high clearance tough suspension and in places 4x4). The campground while not the epitome of modern and clean campgrounds, was suitable and the hosts were very cooperative and helpful. We were able to leave out canoe right on the beach (Kewanee Bay - Lake Superior) just inches from our tent. Nice little town, great area overall. Worth the drive.

Also on the way I visited Marquette for the first time - wonderful place, really cute little city. Only had an hour to explore a little, looking forward to spending a week there one day. However I still want to go back ot the Munising area for a week or two again. Frankly I think I could spend the rest of my vacations for the rest of my life exploring the UP and not run out.
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Old 06-21-2017, 05:59 AM
 
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I want to do a Mining tour. Not sure how many there are, I think for safety sake there are very few? that actually take you down into one. A friend did one of those I think and she said while they were down there they turned off the lights for a minute so you could experience true darkness. I think the mine and the darkness would be fascinating, something I really want to do.
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Old 06-21-2017, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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I want to do a Mining tour. Not sure how many there are, I think for safety sake there are very few? that actually take you down into one. A friend did one of those I think and she said while they were down there they turned off the lights for a minute so you could experience true darkness. I think the mine and the darkness would be fascinating, something I really want to do.
We did one a few years ago in the Keweenaw peninsula. They give you a hard hat and you go down in the cave. We were pretty much the only ones down there and it was awesome!
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Old 06-21-2017, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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This was through Mining Adventure or something like that. The basic tour (Prospector's) is for families and involves nothing more rigorous than lots of walking and some ducking while walking. It is very interesting and informative. They do turn out the lights and they also light a candle so you can see what the miners saw.

They have more advanced tours that require some slope rappelling (very easy) and suitable for teens through maybe 70s or 80s if you are in good shape. There is also a more advanced tour that involves crawling through the mud and takes all day (6 hours).

The tours are $25, $60 and $120. There is a cheaper one but it looks really stupid.

We just did the basic tour ($25) that was about 90 minutes. It was neat. We ran into one of the other tours as they were starting to rappel down to the lower level. The rappelling actually looked pretty tame.

The top tour was closed because some of the areas were full of water and being pumped out. I would love to do that tour, but probably cannot - crawling on my hands and knees is probably not something I will ever be able to do again.
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Old 06-21-2017, 07:29 PM
 
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Going to the U.P. is my favorite vacation. Take the Pictured Rocks Cruise, go to Main Street Pizza in Munising (some might disagree with I thought it was absolutely delicious), go to Copper Harbor and drive up Brockway mountain and Lake of the Clouds is a must in any season!!!
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Old 06-22-2017, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Marquette, Mich
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I want to do a Mining tour. Not sure how many there are, I think for safety sake there are very few? that actually take you down into one. A friend did one of those I think and she said while they were down there they turned off the lights for a minute so you could experience true darkness. I think the mine and the darkness would be fascinating, something I really want to do.

You can do the Quincy Mine tour--it's historic & informative. I've never done it, but my family has & they think it's awesome. You can also take the Iron Mountain Iron Mine tour--it's a little more touristy, but really fun. Fun fact--if you take the Iron Mtn Iron Mine tour, look down at the copper piping--my dad put that down.
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