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Post by LooseGoose on 2017-07-11, 10:14

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Campers at Michigan state parks might have to buy firewood on site in 2018


Money grab.

Cloaked in "saving the trees" clothes.   Lots of people making some beer money from selling firewood and I guess that bothers the State.  

Tell me how this differs from what they're proposing?

or stopping by the mom-and-pop vendors whose wood-bundle displays dot the roads leading to many parks.

that's local wood just as they're proposing selling.

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Post by aualum06 on 2017-07-11, 10:20

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Money grab.

Cloaked in "saving the trees" clothes.   Lots of people making some beer money from selling firewood and I guess that bothers the State.  

Tell me how this differs from what they're proposing?

or stopping by the mom-and-pop vendors whose wood-bundle displays dot the roads leading to many parks.

that's local wood just as they're proposing selling.

So where locally is the state park going to get all this wood? It's not a renewable thing. Plus I am sure they will be smart people and cut down living trees to sell for firewood that won't burn anyways. Seems like a good way to wipe out a forest quickly in a local area.
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Re: The Michigan State Parks Thread

Post by GRR Spartan on 2017-07-11, 11:22

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GRR Spartan wrote:City of Manistique has done a helluva job turning what was a swamp into a very nice upscale camp ground.

First year of operation.  So far a hidden gem but that won't last long.  Each site has a ped with electricity, wifi and cable along with running water and sewer hook up.

https://manistiquelakeshorecampground.org

Holy cow...we're going to the UP for a week or so Sept so checked a few nights around the 10th.  $50 a night??   Sorry, I'm too cheap for that, lol.   I still just back off a fire trail in the woods and camp, much more isolation all the selection of sites in the world.

$40/$45/$50 per night is steep.  I have in-laws who retired in the area and we visited over the holiday.  I was surprised by the number of full size RV's, full trailers 20' or longer and big 5th wheels on I75 and Highway 2.  At least 50% of the big RV's were hauling compact cars.

Its not my style of camping.  The city is appealing to the top end of the market and those whose who, along with children and grandchildren want those ammenities. I forgot to mention the galvanized fire pits with the swing away grill for cooking.

Re Camp fire wood:

The DEQ wants to stop people from bringing in vermin infested wood from who knows how many miles away and reduce the spread of disease that could further decimate who forests of particular species. If they had had similar rules in the 1950's and 1960's we might still have elms.
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Post by aualum06 on 2017-07-11, 12:31

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Holy cow...we're going to the UP for a week or so Sept so checked a few nights around the 10th.  $50 a night??   Sorry, I'm too cheap for that, lol.   I still just back off a fire trail in the woods and camp, much more isolation all the selection of sites in the world.

$40/$45/$50 per night is steep.  I have in-laws who retired in the area and we visited over the holiday.  I was surprised by the number of full size RV's, full trailers 20' or longer and big 5th wheels on I75 and Highway 2.  At least 50% of the big RV's were hauling compact cars.

Its not my style of camping.  The city is appealing to the top end of the market and those whose who, along with children and grandchildren want those ammenities. I forgot to mention the galvanized fire pits with the swing away grill for cooking.

Re Camp fire wood:

The DEQ wants to stop people from bringing in vermin infested wood from who knows how many miles away and reduce the spread of disease that could further decimate who forests of particular species. If they had had similar rules in the 1950's and 1960's we might still have elms.

If they were worried about the spread of disease they should have been on it a long time ago. It is to late now.
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Re: The Michigan State Parks Thread

Post by GRR Spartan on 2017-07-11, 13:19

Better late than never. A lot like the Kalamazoo River oil spill was a wake up for blindly trusting zen bridge, a lot of state legislators never saw the destruction until it hit in their communities or property.

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Re: The Michigan State Parks Thread

Post by LooseGoose on 2017-07-13, 09:38

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Post by LooseGoose on 2017-07-26, 11:06

Caseville's beaches should be on this list....

The 10 absolutely best beaches in Michigan

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Post by Nordic on 2017-07-28, 15:39

Was up in tTy country last week. Rented a house on Torch Lake with the family. At the house they had this rock statue thing. Of course my mom now wants one. They were selling them for $150 in Petoskey. F that. On the way home I pulled off at Barnes County Park on Lake Michigan to do some rock hunting. While sifting through rocks in the water I heard a cackle behind me, turned around and saw this fucker 30 yards from me. There was actually two, the second was off the left and I didn't see it till it took off after raven or some other bird. There was obviously a little territorial pissing match going on.



Anyone know how to polish rocks?
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Post by Nordic on 2017-07-28, 15:45

LooseGoose wrote:Caseville's beaches should be on this list....

The 10 absolutely best beaches in Michigan

My buddy has a place between Caseville and Port Austin (closer to Port Austin). Short walk to the beach and yeah, it is awesome.
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Post by Nordic on 2017-07-28, 15:48

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lol...as an avid Amazon shopper, I did peruse their selection.

Then I remembered I had and old belt motor in the basement. I think it was from when my Grandpa died 20 years ago. Somehow found it, plugged it in and it worked. Now I gotta rig up some sort of tumbler on it... or not. Maybe just order a rock statue from Amazon.
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Post by Floyd Robertson on 2017-07-28, 15:52

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lol...as an avid Amazon shopper, I did peruse their selection.

Then I remembered I had and old belt motor in the basement. I think it was from when my Grandpa died 20 years ago. Somehow found it, plugged it in and it worked.  Now I gotta rig up some sort of tumbler on it... or not.  Maybe just order a rock statue from Amazon.

I've never undertaken rock polishing, so my advice is in bold red.
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Post by LooseGoose on 2017-07-28, 15:53

Nordic wrote:
LooseGoose wrote:Caseville's beaches should be on this list....

The 10 absolutely best beaches in Michigan

My buddy has a place between Caseville and Port Austin (closer to Port Austin). Short walk to the beach and yeah, it is awesome.

I had a friend that had a place at Oak Beach (roughly where you're describing), his grandparents were right on the water and he had a back lot right behind them so it was pretty sweet. Spent many a summer weekend up there in the 80s and 90s.

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Post by Nordic on 2017-07-28, 15:58

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My buddy has a place between Caseville and Port Austin (closer to Port Austin). Short walk to the beach and yeah, it is awesome.

I had a friend that had a place at Oak Beach (roughly where you're describing), his grandparents were right on the water and he had a back lot right behind them so it was pretty sweet. Spent many a summer weekend up there in the 80s and 90s.

Just googled mapped it... Oak Beach State Park is 1.7 miles from my buddies place.
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Post by LooseGoose on 2017-07-28, 16:03

Nordic wrote:
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I had a friend that had a place at Oak Beach (roughly where you're describing), his grandparents were right on the water and he had a back lot right behind them so it was pretty sweet. Spent many a summer weekend up there in the 80s and 90s.

Just googled mapped it... Oak Beach State Park is 1.7 miles from my buddies place.

Depending on which way it's pretty close - I used to buy my Sunday paper and early coffee at the store right across from that park. Their place was a mile or so west of there, within a few houses of the Thompson County Park.

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Post by LooseGoose on 2017-08-03, 08:19

Never been here....anyone?

The U.P.'s "Grand Canyon" is like nowhere else in Michigan


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Post by Floyd Robertson on 2017-08-03, 08:30

LooseGoose wrote:Never been here....anyone?

The U.P.'s "Grand Canyon" is like nowhere else in Michigan


I'm sort of ashamed that I've never heard of the U.P.'s "Grand Canyon" and now I want to check it out.
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