It's not too early to start surfing the net and making preliminary plans for any summer vacation (2005) plans that you may have. Do you have anything penciled-in, yet?
If all goes well on the health front, this Bear and wife Katie will be returning to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The fishing boat will be in tow, the bikes will be on the rack, the camping gear will be in the back of the pick-up, the Rolling Rock will be in the cooler.
Haven't decided on an exact place to slide the boat in. I would prefer to fish and camp in the Hiawatha National Forest area that is north and northwest of Manistique. Lots of good fishing lakes in that area. However, National Forest campgrounds have flush toilets but NO showers and Katie won't be in to that. (This Bear is just fine with jumping in the lake and bathing .)
I would also consider a favorite place, Van Riper State Park, located on Lake Michigamme, west of Marquette. It's also close to a good bar, Stumps. Big lake with lots of fish. Great beach for swimming.
My son keeps pushing me to try the Sylvania Wildnerness Area. I have been there, many years ago. Beautiful clean water, great fishing......but I'm what they call a "stink boat" person (powered boat) and this area does not allow stink boats. I gave my canoe to my son and if I chose Sylvania I would have to take the canoe with me.
We may also take a mini-vacation to Washington, DC.
Bear Making Plans