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Trip Report Trip Report - National Lakeshore in Michigan

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My girlfriends and I go on a "Girls Trip" every summer. We look for adventures that involve outdoor adventures, nature, water, hiking, and camping. Our past trips included New Zealand, Ireland, Newfoundland, SW National Parks, and Northern New England. This year, one of the girls suggested Michigan. I have to admit - Michigan didn't originally sound like an exotic adventure to me, but after one week of hiking, boating, sunbathing, swimming, and camping - our Michigan trip has reached the same levels our past adventures! I have blogged my trip report at my travel blog The Freelance Adventurer (http://thefreelanceadventurer.blogspot.com/), however I broke it up into two posts.

Part 1 (http://thefreelanceadventurer.blogspot.com/2013/07/northwestern-michigan-adventures.html)

The first part of the trip was on the Northwestern shore of the Lower Peninsula. This portion included:
- Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - hiking, driving, swimming, dune running!
- Traverse City - Walking, shopping, foodie
- Arcadia and local areas - Shopping, swimming, beach
- Camping

Part II (http://thefreelanceadventurer.blogspot.com/2013/07/pictured-rocks-astounds-another.html)

The second half of the trip was at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This portion included:
- Hiking multiple trails
- Lighthouse viewing
- Swimming and beaches
- Pictured Rocks Cruises
- Camping

I hope my trip reports get others excited about what Michigan has to offer. I hope to go back soon. I'd love to explore the lakes by kayak!

- The Freelance Adventurer -