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Post by Guest on 07/08/16, 10:29 am

A thread to talk about our great state parks - searched and didn't see one out there.

I'd never even heard of this park until today:

Michigan's strangest state park has rocky, alien landscape

ALPENA – It’s a slippery slope to the water’s edge at Michigan's strangest park.

Poison ivy grows everywhere at the sinkhole's shore. Red dragonflies flit in the afternoon sun. Smallmouth bass swim eerily through the shallows. Entire tree trunks, bleached with age, lie along the edge of the near-perfect circle of the twinkling lake.

The Big Sink is one of 12 mysterious sinkholes at Rockport State Recreation Area.

“Scuba divers went 80 feet down, and down there it is silty and squishy, and they didn’t find the bottom,” says Blake Gingrich, unit supervisor for Rockport and four other state park sites in the northeastern lower peninsula. “We don’t know how deep it is.”

Rockport became part of the state parks system just four years ago when it was transferred from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' forest resources division. The former gravel quarry is 4,237 acres in Alpena and Presque Isle counties along a strip of Lake Huron shoreline.

The park features virgin pines, a bat cave, deep-water pier, sinkholes and beautiful Lake Huron beaches.

But mostly, Michigan's strangest park is full of rocks. Much of it resembles an inhospitable moonscape with vast stretches of gravel punctuated by spindly pines.

Most of the park it is off limits to the public except by foot. No trails are yet marked. Only two campsites (both back-country) exist.

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Post by tGreenWay on 07/08/16, 10:39 am

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Post by WhiteBoyHatcher on 22/08/16, 02:11 pm

I gotta say, Belle Isle is a lot nicer now that the State has taken it over. And I don't mean in a The_Dude way, I mean the activities, the facilities, the beach, etc. I was impressed. Worth checking out.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 22/08/16, 02:11 pm

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Post by DWags on 22/08/16, 02:15 pm

WhiteBoyHatcher wrote:I gotta say, Belle Isle is a lot nicer now that the State has taken it over. And I don't mean in a The_Dude way, I mean the activities, the facilities, the beach, etc. I was impressed. Worth checking out.

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Post by Other Teams Pursuing That on 22/08/16, 02:24 pm

tGreenWay wrote:Rosa

I used to work right across from the street there. Late highschool, early college. Fun fact.
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Post by Guest on 22/08/16, 02:36 pm

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Reporting up in the Thumb...gorgeous day at Port Crescent State Park. Summer's not over yet! @freep

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Post by xsanguine on 22/08/16, 02:38 pm

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Post by xsanguine on 22/08/16, 02:39 pm

Bob, where you do you get all these idyllic pics of waspy whites on vacation? It's like you have a folder on your desktop filled with this kind of gold.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 22/08/16, 02:59 pm

xsanguine wrote:Bob, where you do you get all these idyllic pics of waspy whites on vacation? It's like you have a folder on your desktop filled with this kind of gold.
you have to know what to look for.. it's an art wrapped up in a science.
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Post by Guest on 22/08/16, 02:59 pm

xsanguine wrote:Bob, where you do you get all these idyllic pics of waspy whites on vacation? It's like you have a folder on your desktop filled with this kind of gold.

It sucks that people actually enjoy their vacations when they could be joining Bob in his misery cubicle.
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Post by Dendrobates on 22/08/16, 03:02 pm

WhiteBoyHatcher wrote:I gotta say, Belle Isle is a lot nicer now that the State has taken it over. And I don't mean in a The_Dude way, I mean the activities, the facilities, the beach, etc. I was impressed. Worth checking out.

Very true. It is pretty nice there. If you also go to the Belle Isle Aquarium on a weekend, you might see me working there. And if you go, you should check out in the back where I made my Dendro tank there.
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Post by WhiteBoyHatcher on 22/08/16, 03:03 pm

We were there Saturday. I did not see you too my knowledge. We did have cupcakes though.
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Post by Dendrobates on 22/08/16, 03:05 pm

WhiteBoyHatcher wrote:We were there Saturday. I did not see you too my knowledge. We did have cupcakes though.

I was going to work that sat, but they had full coverage. I might this sat in the morning.

Did you see my Dendros in the very back on the left side/corner? Dendrobates = poison dart frogs
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 22/08/16, 03:07 pm

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xsanguine wrote:Bob, where you do you get all these idyllic pics of waspy whites on vacation? It's like you have a folder on your desktop filled with this kind of gold.

It sucks that people actually enjoy their vacations when they could be joining Bob in his misery cubicle.
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Post by xsanguine on 22/08/16, 03:13 pm

LooseGoose wrote:
xsanguine wrote:Bob, where you do you get all these idyllic pics of waspy whites on vacation? It's like you have a folder on your desktop filled with this kind of gold.

It sucks that people actually enjoy their vacations when they could be joining Bob in his misery cubicle.

I would enjoy a vacation up north with Bob as he made fun of waspy whites.
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Post by xsanguine on 22/08/16, 03:14 pm

Robert J Sakimano wrote:
LooseGoose wrote:

It sucks that people actually enjoy their vacations when they could be joining Bob in his misery cubicle.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 22/08/16, 03:20 pm

xsanguine wrote:
LooseGoose wrote:

It sucks that people actually enjoy their vacations when they could be joining Bob in his misery cubicle.

I would enjoy a vacation up north with Bob as he made fun of waspy whites.
I suspect we'd have more fun than some of the uptight people in this thread.
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Post by xsanguine on 22/08/16, 03:25 pm

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I would enjoy a vacation up north with Bob as he made fun of waspy whites.
I suspect we'd have more fun than some of the uptight people in this thread.

Don't worry, I would join in the fun. Making fun of white people is a specialty of mine.
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Post by Other Teams Pursuing That on 22/08/16, 03:41 pm

Yeah these photos are funny. Bet one of the dads are fucking their maid for sure.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 22/08/16, 03:58 pm

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Post by Wally Fairway on 22/08/16, 09:41 pm

Bob, if my family photos show up on your feed then I'm coming over to your house to have a few words with you!


Also, are these strick rules or can I post National parks and/or local county/township parks?
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Post by Guest on 22/08/16, 09:48 pm

Wally Fairway wrote:Bob, if my family photos show up on your feed then I'm coming over to your house to have a few words with you!


Also, are these strick rules or can I post National parks and/or local county/township parks?

National Parks might need a thread. County/Township parks would fit here nicely.
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Post by WhiteBoyHatcher on 22/08/16, 10:31 pm

Dendrobates wrote:
WhiteBoyHatcher wrote:We were there Saturday. I did not see you too my knowledge. We did have cupcakes though.

I was going to work that sat, but they had full coverage. I might this sat in the morning.

Did you see my Dendros in the very back on the left side/corner? Dendrobates = poison dart frogs

I did indeed. They were on the scavenger hunt list.

I know you hate kids but we had fun.

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Post by Herbie Green on 22/08/16, 10:33 pm

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Ludington State Park


I took a day trip there this summer. Did the tube trip with the kids. Unbelievable park that lives up to the hype. Perhaps too crowded but its so big you can park on the road and get your own beach if that is your thing.
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Post by xsanguine on 22/08/16, 10:38 pm

Wally Fairway wrote:Bob, if my family photos show up on your feed then I'm coming over to your house to have a few words with you!


Also, are these strick rules or can I post National parks and/or local county/township parks?

Post some national forest pics...

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Post by Other Teams Pursuing That on 22/08/16, 10:53 pm

I like to hike.
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Post by xsanguine on 22/08/16, 11:10 pm

Do you hike with ladies of that caliber, OTPT? Nothing like trying to defile a female hiking partner from behind while you're hunched over in a tent because they're not tall enough for that sort of activity.
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Post by Dendrobates on 22/08/16, 11:50 pm

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I was going to work that sat, but they had full coverage. I might this sat in the morning.

Did you see my Dendros in the very back on the left side/corner? Dendrobates = poison dart frogs

I did indeed. They were on the scavenger hunt list.

I know you hate kids but we had fun.

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Didn't know that was on a scavenger list! I'm glad it is. I kept bugging the aquarist to let me build that tank. The hubby and I did it .
And the aquarium is full of kids. Goes along with it. As long as I don't have to set up the kids activities, I can manage for a bit.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 23/08/16, 01:41 pm

Full Disclosure:

I rode up to Sleepy Hollow State Park today... around 42 miles round trip. I saw some white people eating fried chicken and old guy playing with a dog. I then rode back to East Lansing.

Time for a nap now.

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Post by duffy munn on 23/08/16, 01:56 pm

Robert J Sakimano wrote:Full Disclosure:

I rode up to Sleepy Hollow State Park today... around 42 miles round trip. I saw some white people eating fried chicken and old guy playing with a dog. I then rode back to East Lansing.

Time for a nap now.


I was just wondering how far you rode your bike today.

Thanks for the update.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 24/08/16, 07:45 am

duffy munn wrote:
Robert J Sakimano wrote:Full Disclosure:

I rode up to Sleepy Hollow State Park today... around 42 miles round trip. I saw some white people eating fried chicken and old guy playing with a dog. I then rode back to East Lansing.

Time for a nap now.


I was just wondering how far you rode your bike today.

Thanks for the update.
sure, man.. no problem.

It was lovely out yesterday morning. 54 degrees in East Lansing when I left.. wore a long sleeve jersey and was still chilly in some shady spots.

there is a little country store on Round Lake Road where I sometimes stop for a water refill.. they're closed for remodeling. Just found out yesterday - thankfully, it was a cool morning so I didn't need any water.
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Post by Guest on 02/09/16, 10:25 am

Tourism season hot for Michigan

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reports there have also been 1,083,951 nights spent by vacationers in the state’s harbors, campgrounds and cabin lodges through August, an increase of nearly 72,000 nights compared to last year.

“What we’re seeing is that it doesn’t matter what generation you’re from, whether you are a baby boomer or a Gen X’er or you’re a millennial, all of these groups are well represented out there, and they are recreating,” said Jason Fleming, chief of resource protection and promotion division of parks and recreation.

“And they all do it maybe differently in some ways, but they are showing up, whether they are showing up camping at night or during the day.”

The DNR also reports nearly all reservable campsites in state parks and recreation areas are reserved for Labor Day weekend.
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Post by The Pantry on 02/09/16, 01:14 pm

Use to camp a lot.  IMHO the only MSP that comes close to matching Pinery Provincial Park (Ontario) is Ludington.  The Pinery is beautiful with miles of beach and dunes along Lake Huron.  Unlike the parking-lot campsites at MSPs, the Pinery's are generally much bigger...some are huge.  Unlike Ludington, it is much easier to get reservations because there are far more campsites.  Best part is it's less than 2 hours away from Troy.  Been to Ludington a couple times.  Been to the Pinery probably 25 visits ranging from Memorial Day to Halloween. Plenty to do there.  Highly recommend it to anyone, especially those in the Detroit area because it is so close.

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There's a river cutting through the Pinery that has some great campsites along it.  Interestingly, it is named the Ausable
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Post by Guest on 02/09/16, 01:18 pm

The Pantry wrote:Use to camp a lot.  IMHO the only MSP that comes close to matching Pinery Provincial Park (Ontario) is Ludington.  The Pinery is beautiful with miles of beach and dunes along Lake Huron.  Unlike the parking-lot campsites at MSPs, the Pinery's are generally much bigger...some are huge.  Unlike Ludington, it is much easier to get reservations because there are far more campsites.  Best part is it's less than 2 hours away from Troy.  Been to Ludington a couple times.  Been to the Pinery probably 25 visits ranging from Memorial Day to Halloween. Plenty to do there.  Highly recommend it to anyone, especially those in the Detroit area because it is so close.
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Quit pushing your fucking foreign Canuck parks in our Michigan State Parks thread. Hopefully we'll soon build a wall and close those sonsabitches off.
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Post by The Pantry on 02/09/16, 01:37 pm

Those pics you inserted remind me of South Higgins Lake during a typical summer weekend.

You will never see a Budweiser carton at the Pinery Evil or Very Mad
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 08/09/16, 12:17 pm

another one from Petoskey..

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Post by Guest on 08/09/16, 12:21 pm

Robert J Sakimano wrote:another one from Petoskey..

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Stupid asses. They look miserable compared to the happiness they could be enjoying if they spent 90% of their workweek on a message board posting about things they hate.
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