Island Adventures in Northern Michigan (Les Cheneaux, Mackinac, Grand)

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This trip is the ideal combination of relaxation and adventure! My name is Mark and I have been traveling to Northern Michigan for more than 25 years now! I am an extroverted, fun-loving, easy going, and adventurous person who is looking for TripMates who exhibit the same qualities. I love hanging out with people who are kind, helpful, caring, and are genuinely interested in sharing, learning, and adventuring! If these traits apply to you, join me! Side note: Some level of physical fitness is encouraged, as we will be doing activities that require some strength and coordination. If you're concerned about your fitness level, contact me and we can discuss it. Our home base is a rustic cabin on a small peninsula overlooking Mismer Bay and Lake Huron, from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. From there, we will be taking adventure/exploratory day trips to 3 different islands! We will kayak in and through some of the beautiful Les Cheneaux Islands, bike around historical Mackinac Island, and hike to scenic overlooks on Grand Island where we can see Pictured Rocks and Lake Superior. Mix in some pontoon boat rides, campfires down by the lake, trips to the local coffee shop and distillery, and we've got ourselves an awesome trip! Included in the price is: - Double occupancy lodging - Breakfasts - All adventure activities Not included: Transportation costs (fuel, etc.) will be divided among participants at the end of the trip, and lunches and dinners will be paid by each individual participant. If any TripMates are flying in to Detroit Metro Airport, we can discuss pick up times for Friday morning (6/23/23). I'm really looking forward to meeting you and adventuring together in Northern Michigan!
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Hey everyone! My name is Mark Chappell-Lakin. I'm a 50 year old health and wellness professional who loves to travel and meet new people!

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Day 1-4
The rustic cabin we use as our home base is located just outside of Hessel, MI. This will be our evening accommodation for the 3 nights of our trip and will also serve as our relaxation oasis when we are not adventuring. Pontoon boat rides, fires by the lake, and swimming will all be possible here! Hessel will also serve as the launch point for our kayaking adventure in the beautiful Les Cheneaux Islands. Depending on the paddling experience level of our TripMates, our 4-5 hour paddling route will guide us through various places in the island chain.

Grand Island Township

Day 4
A 2-hour van ride brings us to our second adventure location, Grand Island. We will be boarding the ferry in Munising and taking the 10-minute ferry ride out to the island, where we will hike into the interior of the island in search of scenic overlooks of Pictured Rocks and Lake Superior. After a nice hike, we can take an optional dip in Lake Superior before boarding the ferry and heading back to our lodging accommodations for the evening.

Mackinac Island

Day 4
A 30-minute van ride from our lodging brings us to the ferry terminal to our third adventure location, historic Mackinac Island. Boarding the ferry in St. Ignace, we will be treated to incredible views of the Mackinac Bridge as we make our way to the island. Once at the island, we will explore some of the historical features of the island, like the Old Fort and Main Street. We will then get bikes and ride the 8-mile loop around the island on the paved path, taking in the scenery and fresh air. We'll finish with some optional souvenir shopping before heading back to St. Ignace and then on to the cabin for the evening.
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4 days trip
Hessel, Grand Island Township & 1 more
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