Driving Through Northern Michigan

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” -Thomas Jefferson 

Although I am a traveler at heart, I usually prefer to steer away from driving. I have always been the most comfortable traveling by plane. Because of this, I was hesitant about how enjoyable driving across Michigan would be. 

I took an internship this summer in Michigan, which involved traveling across the entire state to gain support for a new initiative for next year’s ballot. However, the thought of hours in a vehicle made me cringe. 

This is why I was incredibly surprise by how much I enjoyed moving across Northern Michigan with my group of interns. The wildness was beautiful. It was as if we were traveling across land that had barely been touched!

Because of how rural this region of Michigan is, many of the roads we traveled on were dirt paths. Although I am used to driving on highways in the city of Tampa, I quickly fell in love with the wilderness that engulfed us as we embarked on our journey. 

Gorgeous trees surrounded our path. The sky remained blue and cloudless. While traveling across this area of Northern Michigan, I suddenly remembered Robert Frost’s “The Road Less Traveled” poem. 

Although the driving was full of beautiful scenery, my favorite part was stopping near the lake for lunch. For our meal, we ate along the shining water near McKinley, Michigan. The lakes in Michigan are gorgeous and added to the incredible day we were having. 

After eating lunch, we arrived at our destination and rested to begin working again the next day. Although I dreaded heading into this journey, I will never forget this traveling experience. Although we may dread some things in life, the world has a way of surprising us in the best way. I am thankful to have been able to see such a beautiful area!