Northern Michigan Adventures 2014

By: Webmaster|Date: Sep 25, 2014|Tags: School News, Uncategorized


We are thrilled that our 5th-grade students, staff, and parent chaperones have the opportunity to enjoy their Northern Michigan Adventure this week. The weather forecast for the Crystal Mountain & Sleeping Bear Dunes is spectacular. The fall colors will be amazing. The following is the first of many updates from Mrs. Larabee as she keeps us posted on their travels with stories and pictures.

Thursday, 9/25 at 10:30 am: “What a great start to this annual trip up north to the beautiful Manitou islands. We just passed Lansing and we’re heading toward Claire for our outdoor picnic. We are blessed with gorgeous weather. More details about our journey to come.”

Thursday, 9/25 at 12:45 pm: “5th Grade has arrived at the Visitor’s Center in Claire for a picnic lunch. Other than dodging a few bees and a smelly cow trailer, we’re enjoying the 68-degree weather and beautiful fall colors!”

Our up north experience wouldn’t be complete without a truly outdoor, “rustic” stop along nature’s trail!

Thursday, 9/25: “Following the “rustic” stop, we arrived at Gwen Frostics Print Shop. Gwen has been called “Michigan’s Artist”. Born in 1906, Gwen stood out as an example of a true entrepreneur, establishing herself as an author, artist and nature lover. The 285 acres she developed is a truly a wildlife sanctuary for all to enjoy. Students enjoyed seeing the Heildburg presses print beautiful wildlife on stationery and napkins. Next stop, a surprise trip to Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm.

Thursday, 9/25: “How often do you get to see alpaca’s up close and personal? Less than half a mile from the print shop, we visited Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm and Boutique.”

Friday, 9/26: Our 5th-grade travelers have had one of the most beautiful days for their explorations today. Starting early this morning, they arrived at the Empire Bluff Visitors Center where they met Ranger Katie. After buying some amazing souvenirs, they watched a video about the Legend of the Sleeping Bear. They learned how to leave no trace, except for footprints, in our state parks. From there they drove to the Maritime Museum and had a “Heroes of the Storm” demonstration. They learned about the Manitou Islands Coastguard Life Saving Station. After a fun scavenger hunt in the barracks and boathouse, they headed toward a 450-ft glacier deposit overlooking Lake Michigan. They enjoyed their barbecue lunch along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. Following lunch, they arrived at the Empire Bluff 1.5 mile nature hike where they worked off their lunch. The final few hours of their day were spent on the amazing dune climb. They formed a cross for their class picture. They have now departed northern Michigan and are headed home. Albeit with a bit more sand in their clothes than when they left yesterday. Get ready to dust them off when you pick them up this evening!

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