Category Archives: Road Trip

Cruising Along Lake Michigan in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Is the Michigan summer open road taking you to Mackinac Island or just into the Upper Peninsula and St. Ignace? If so, take some time to drive westbound U.S. Route 2, one of the major east-west drives in the U.P. Once you are about ten miles off I-75 and the Mackinac Bridge you will find yourself along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

You will be on a part of the official Lake Michigan Circle Tour. For miles and miles it will be just lake, beach, sand dunes and brush straight ahead. The brush along the road is narrow, along with the beach that snugs the northern shore of the Great Lake.

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

There are plenty of places to park the car alongside the road to walk the beach. Despite being here in the middle of the summer, I had the scenery all to myself.

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Well without further ado, some more pics of my time out on the open road in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan:

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

What lake side drives are your favorites? Any in Michigan?

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Another Autumn has rolled around here in Michigan and the Midwest. With that brings the usual plethora of Fall colors and beauty everywhere you look.

Below are just some of the scenes I’ve captured around Ann Arbor, Brighton, Fenton and the western Detroit area over the last few weeks. Pure Michigan Autumn beauty at its finest!

Hines Drive - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Picnic table hanging out amongst the Autumn backdrop of Hines Drive in Plymouth.

Hines Drive - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Hines Drive in Plymouth Autumn beauty.

Hines Drive - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Fall colors await along Hines Drive in Northville.

Hines Drive - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Fall colors await along Hines Drive in Northville.

Hines Drive - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

The morning frost is enjoying the Fall backdrop.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Out on the open rural Autumn road in Pure Michigan.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Colorful leaves dotting the ground are aplenty.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

The Fall leaves are hanging along the Shiawassee River in Fenton.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Checking out andom dirt roads in Livingston County.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Huron Meadows Metropark is the place to be around Brighton this time of year.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Huron Meadows Metropark is the place to be around Brighton this time of year.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Out on the open Fall road around Pinckney.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Out on the open Fall road around Pinckney.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Out on the open Fall road around Pinckney.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Autumn Ann Arbor neighborhood style.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Huron Meadows Metropark is the place to be around Brighton this time of year.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Huron Meadows Metropark is the place to be around Brighton this time of year.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

You’ll find a vast number of Autumn colors every year at Parker Mill Park in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

You’ll find a vast number of Autumn colors every year at Parker Mill Park in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

You’ll find a vast number of Autumn colors every year at Parker Mill Park in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

You’ll find a vast number of Autumn colors every year at Parker Mill Park in Ann Arbor.

Hell, Michigan - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Autumn is in the foreground at Hell Dam in Hell, Michigan.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Out on the open country dirt road outside Ann Arbor.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Out on the open country dirt road outside Ann Arbor.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

The Fall scene anywhere along the Huron RIver in Ann Arbor is worth checking out.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

The Fall scene anywhere along the Huron RIver in Ann Arbor is worth checking out.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Looking up Bird Road at Fall beauty in Ann Arbor.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Make sure to look not just straight ahead, but upwards to capture the beauty of the season.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Make sure to look not just straight ahead, but upwards to capture the beauty of the season.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

The shadows of Autumn are on full display at the Argo Nature Area in Ann Arbor.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Make sure to look not just straight ahead, but upwards to capture the beauty of the season.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Colorful leaves dotting the ground are aplenty.

Check some scenes I captured last year in The 2015 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan.

Where have you gone around home or in your travels to capture Fall colors this season?

New Zealand’s Lake Hawea in Pictures.

I’ve written about New Zealand. I’ve talked about my wanderlust. If you were to combine the two, the spot that brings out the wanderlust in me in NZ is Lake Hawea on the South Island.

This glacial lake just outside Wanaka is a deep blue and crystal in color and mountains serve as its backdrop. It makes for a scenic day trip from Wanaka and Queenstown with plenty of outdoor fun options.

I thought I’d share some larger versions of photos I took and used in my original Lake Hawea post from a few years back, plus some additional ones. I took them at the Lookout Point! on State Highway 6 along the western shoreline.

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand, elatlboy selfie, The Adventures of elATLboy

Do you have a spot in New Zealand or anywhere else that takes your wanderlust to the next level?

Getting to Know Me – Roadtripping to See the Denver Broncos

Ever since I was a kid I have loved the Denver Broncos American football team. Growing up my Dad and I would get out on the open road for a father-son weekend road trips to watch the Broncos in action.

Back in the late 80’s-early 90’s the Broncos and Cleveland Browns were great teams playing almost annually, many times in Cleveland. Every time they were at the old Cleveland Municipal stadium we were there. One of those years we sat in the old Dog Pound. I kept quiet about my allegiance that year as we were surrounded by some passionate and rowdy Browns fans who disliked the Broncos you could say. 🙂

We also have roadtripped to Buffalo several times, sitting in the snow and pouring rain to watch them play the Bills at Ralph Wilson (Rich) Stadium. Locally we took in the Broncos and Lions at the old Silverdome on Thanksgiving in the early 90’s.

Denver Broncos fan

This season I had the chance to go see the Broncos in action again when a friend secured tickets for the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. I definitely wore the Bronco orange-and-blue this time and was surprised to see thousands of my Denver friends in attendance cheering them on alongside me. Sitting in the lower level I had the chance to get close to the field during warm ups which gave me goosebumps.

One thing about this story though is that I have never been to Denver to catch the Broncos at home. It is arguably number one on my bucket list. I thought I got goosebumps going to see them in Detroit recently, image how I would will feel seeing them in Denver. One day!

Do you have a sports team you grew up loving and would travel to watch them play even to this day?

The 2015 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan.

Every October in Michigan brings the end of summer, cooler temperatures and shorter days. With that though comes cider, donuts, corn mazes and most of all the colors of Autumn.

Over the last few weeks I’ve spent a lot of time driving around Ann Arbor, Brighton, Fenton and everywhere in between in lower Michigan with my camera ready to go. Below are some of my favorite shots of what the Fall season is like in Pure Michigan.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Can’t wrap myself around how beautiful Autumn is in Michigan.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The colors of Kensington Metropark in Milford.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The colors of Kensington Metropark in Milford.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The color is all around Kent Lake at Kensington Metropark in Milford.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The color is all around Kent Lake at Kensington Metropark in Milford.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Out on the open Autumn road at Kensington Metropark in Milford.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

An Autumn picnic at Huron Meadows Metropark in Brighton anyone?

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Overlooking the dock and Maltby Lake at Huron Meadows Metropark in Brighton.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The colors of Huron Meadows Metropark in Brighton.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Finding random Autumn beauty in Fenton.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Dawn and the start of a new Autumn day at Appleton Lake in Brighton.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Ann Arbor Autumn beauty from up-top the Republic Parking structure.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Finding random Autumn colors while driving around the Ann Arbor area.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The Huron River and Barton Nature Area are showing off in Ann Arbor.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Out on the open Autumn road in Huron Meadows Metropark in Brighton.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The leaves of Parker Mill Park in Ann Arbor.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The rainbow of Autumn colors at Parker Mill Park in Ann Arbor.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor is a must drive in Fall.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The colors are jumping out at Hudson Mills Metropark in Dexter.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Autumn is guarding the woods at Kensington Metropark in Milford.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Looking up at the bright orange within Kensington Metropark in Milford.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Autumn colors across the way at Kensington Metropark in Milford.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Out on the open corn maze at Chambers Farm in Pinckney.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Out on the open corn maze at Chambers Farm in Pinckney.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Chambers Farm pumpkin patch in Pinckney.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The pumpkin is posing at the Chambers Farm pumpkin patch in Pinckney.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Autumn above the Parshallville River at Tom Walker’s Grist Mill.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Historic Tom Walker’s Grist Mill in Parshallville.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Pumpkins, cider, donuts and family fun at Spicer Orchards in Fenton.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Cider and donuts and Spicer Orchards in Fenton.

Do you have any places around home or that you have come across in your travels that you like to photograph in Autumn?