Welcome To Michigan

Hello, my youngest son and I are working together
on this project - introducing you to our home state of Michigan, USA.
Not only where we live but also where we were both born
(not just in the same city and state but the same hospital - 36 years apart)!

We'll get the "boring" information out of the way first and then we would
like you to join us on a pictorial tour of Michigan.

Capital: Lansing
State Flower: Apple Blossom
State Bird: Robin
Settled: 1650
Statehood: January 26, 1837; the 26th state.
Size: 58,216 sq. mi.
Origin of Name: From Indian word meaning "large lake," or "big water"

Nickname: Water-Winter Wonderland; also Wolverine State, Automobile State

State Motto: Si quaeris peninsulam amoeman, circumspice
(If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you).

Having lived in several different states myself, one of my favorite things about Michigan is the changing weather, don't worry about getting bored with that - it changes before you have a chance to get tired of it. The four seasons shine in our great state, spring, summer, fall, and winter all have much to offer in the way of activities also.

If you don't know, Michigan is actually made up of 2 peninsulas -
the Upper and the Lower (which is shaped like a mitten)

Jackson, MI is located in the southcentral part of the lower peninsula.Before we leave town on our trip we would like you to see our favorite site in town. Cascades, located in the Sparks Foundation Park, these beautiful cascades offer a lovely display of color to visitors each evening from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Total length 500 feet, vertical height of 64 feet, sixty feet wide, divided into 16 falls, 11 of which are illuminated.

From Jackson, we are heading west to Lake Michigan. Lined with beaches, sand dunes, habors, and more. Surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes - Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie and within the borders of the state there are more than 11,000 smaller lakes there is plenty of water available. Many of the inland lakes are so clear you can see 20 feet below the surface.

At the northern tip of the lower peninsula we come to two of our favorite sites, one is the Mackinac Bridge, twin towers rise 552 feet above the water of the Straits of Mackinac linking the two peninsulas. A state park on the lower penisula side offers a beautiful view of the bridge including the lights at night.

On the Lake Huron side of the bridge you will find Mackinac Island. No autos allowed you get around by foot, bicycle, or horse (carriage or riding). Points of interest on the island include: Fort Mackinac, established by the British in 1780, the Astor house served as the headquarters for the American Fur Company, and the Grand Hotel, built in 1887 if you are a movie buff you will reconize the Grand as the setting for Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour in "Somewhere in Time"

Crossing the Mackinac Bridge takes us to the Upper peninsula, almost a world of its own you can enjoy Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the locks at Sault Sainte Marie, Miners Castle , Chapel Creek.

Tahquamenon Falls includes one of the largest falls in the eastern United States. The Upper Falls are about 200 feet wide and 40 feet high. The Lower Falls are made up of a series of rapids and cascades divided by an island. The Tahquamenon River is also known as the Dark River or the Golden River. It plays an important part in Longfellow's poem, The Song of Hiawatha.

Crossing back over the bridge and heading down the east side of Michigan you will enjoy many views such as the farm lands Michigan has to offer, the AuSable River, Frankenmuth, the Firestone Farmhouse, and eventually come to Detroit, Michigan's largest city. Detroit is also where you will find the bridge connecting the United States with Canada - note the two countries flags on the bridge.

A trip to Michigan isn't complete without a visit to Greenfield Village, a collection of historic buildings from around the United States established by Henry Ford. See such sites as Grimm Jewelry Store on Main Street, the birth house of Henry Ford, and the Statue of Thomas Edison.

If you haven't figured it out, Michigan has tons to offer many, skiing,
hot air balloons, snowmobiling, auto racing, fishing, camping, casinos, night life
and wild life. History abounds, geography is abundant, and the technology of
modern day is evident in the cities and manufacturing. We would love to show off
our state and have you visit - who knows, you may not want to leave!

Our Favorites!
The following is a collection of our all time personal favorite pictures taken in Michigan
Deer grazing in Field, Fog Setting in Over Marsh, Two Youngest Children at Lake Superior,
Michigan Sky, Wine Glass Hill (sand dune on the AuSable River), Ice Sheets Hanging on River,
and Sun Sets Over the Neighborhood.

We are pleased to represent the great State of Michigan
in Friends Around the World.

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