Hannah and Je together

Saturday, 29 June 2013

US North East Trip – Michigan

After Indiana, we drove to Michigan for the upper peninsular. I could not make it in a day to upper peninsular, so I drove until late night, and we stopped to get some sleep at a resting area where there was a Tourist Information with bathroom.

Crossing two Great Lakes at the same time!

Crossing two Great Lakes at the same time!

But there was one huge reward for me in Michigan! I found TIM HORTONS!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve not been there for several months where I used to go almost every single day! The building, the paper cups, the menus, the uniforms, the trays, and even the taste were all the same as those in Canada!

Lake Huron on your right

Lake Huron on the right

At the end of lower peninsular, we crossed a bridge. It was very cool because when you are on it, you have Lake Michigan on your left and Lake Huron on your right.

Lake Michigan on the left

Lake Michigan on the left

We were literally crossing two Great Lakes at a time! The bridge’s name is Mackinac Bridge and you need to pay to cross, you have to cross it to go to upper peninsular (you have no choice), and it was worth paying for because of the scene. The camera cannot contain exactly what I saw, but it was so beautiful.

Mackinac Bridge from the upper peninsular

Mackinac Bridge from the upper peninsular

At Michigan, the weather was not helping us a lot, because we had almost all cloudy weather with colder and strong wind. But even so, it was really beautiful place. It was so seriously beautiful. Hannah asked me once why Michigan is so beautiful, and I answered, “Because it is closer to Canada.”

Michigan has three of the Great Lakes – Michigan, Superior, and Huron. If you have trouble memorising all five names of Great Lakes, try to remember just HOMES for Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior.

Lake Superior is the world’s largest lake, and shared by both Canada and America – Province of Ontario in Canada, and three states of America which are Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Presque Isle Park in Marquette

Presque Isle Park in Marquette

We went to Marquette, MI and stopped many other places for sightseeing. Marquette is small town by the Lake Superior, but it is so beautiful. Because of the cloudy weather, I could not picture the beauty well. When I was at Marquette, I thought about two Canadian towns. One was because of the name – Marquette, MB. And the other was because of the beauty – Thunder Bay, ON. If you have chance, you MUST visit Thunder Bay – it is so beautiful and pretty.

Power of bank

Power of bank

For the picture above, I realised how powerful and useful a bank is. Just look at the water and wave of both sides of the bank. Do I need to explain more?

A way to a river

A way to a river

Even any roads in Michigan were beautiful. Look at all the colours of the trees. After we finish the all 50-state-road-trip, Michigan is definitely a place to come back. Michigan is so clean and beautiful, which I guess because it is close to Canada, eh!

Colourful Trees

Colourful Trees

The colourful trees made me miss all the maple trees in Canada. It is said that the colour change of the trees on mountains in Ontario and Quebec is noticeable even from the space! Oh, this writing made me craving for maple syrup.

 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

US North East Trip – Indiana Dunes

After Niagara Falls, we headed to Indiana – the home of Indiana Jones!

Indiana Dunes, Dune side view

Indiana Dunes, Dune side view

Actually, we didn’t do much at that trip. We found a Church in a small town – of course Presbyterian Church, and had worship service, then we looked around a few places around the Indianapolis, the capital city and a beach.

Us on the Beach

Us on the Beach

But last Sunday, we visited Indiana again for that famous Indiana Dunes!

Almost Sunset on the Lake Michigan at indiana Dunes

Almost Sunset on the Lake Michigan at indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes is right north of Chesterton, IN and its lake shore is 25 miles long. It is of course a state park. If you are resident of Indiana State, you need to pay $5 entrance fee per car while you need to pay $10 if you are out of that state.

Indiana Dunes is at the Lake Michigan which is one of the Great Lakes. Lake Michigan does not in only at Michigan state. Illinois and Chicago have Lake Michigan and Indiana has it, and Wisconsin has it too. The word Michigan derived from native American language which means great water.

Indiana Dunes Beach

Indiana Dunes Beach

It was piping hot last Sunday, but the water was freezing cold. This lake is huge and huge. Unless you taste the water, you cannot tell if it is sea or not. It has waves, seagulls and everything.

The sand was so soft and nice. The only beach I’ve been to where the sand was finer and nicer was Grand Beach in Manitoba, Canada.

It takes around two hours from home, so we may visit here often. Indiana Dunes is very nice place to have lots of fun.

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