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! 


The Fourth of July in Historical Mackinac, Michigan 

“Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a county.” -Marquis de Lafayette 

The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. As someone who is in love with American history, I constantly find myself excited for the fireworks and immense patriotism that fills the day. 

However, this Independence Day was not centered on cookouts with my family. Instead, I found myself in Mackinac, Michigan for an internship that I had taken on for this month. 

Nevertheless, I was far from disappointed. The beauty and historical significance of Mackinac Island is truly admirable. 

To get to the island, the group I was interning with had to take a ferry. This allowed us to glimpse historical lighthouses and gorgeous scenery from the boat.

After reaching the island, I was impressed with how well the residents took pride in the history and unique quality of the land. Cozy bookstores and shops filled the island and welcomed guests. These adorable stores sold antiques and small gifts. It took everything in me not to buy every souvenir I came across. 

Above all, I fell in love with how people on the island traveled. Whether it was by bike or horse-and-buggy, entering Mackinac immediately made me feel as if I had gone back in time! 

Yet, what would a holiday be without sweet treats to celebrate with? Thankfully, the locals on Mackinac island pride themselves on the delicious fudge shops that compete for the best deserts! 

(P.S. Murdick’s won within our group.)

Last but not least, the fireworks were incredible. The show was by the water, which allowed us to view the fireworks over the lake we traveled on earlier. It was a glorious sight and a terrific day!