Thursday, December 29, 2011

Snowmobiling big in Gogebic country

   You can tell you're a long ways from Detroit when you begin seeing Green Bay Packers jerseys for sale instead of the Honolulu blue and silver of the Lions.
   A good 10-hour drive from Oakland County to Bergland in the western U.P. puts one in touch with some decent snow; enough for snow machines to run on.
   Staying at the Timbers resort, we are about the only guests here to do something other than ride trails. "We're booked solid," Timbers resort owner Sarah Long said. She and her husband Tim run an operation that looks more like a lot for snowmobiles than it does for cabin rentals.
   Situated on the shore of Lake Gogebic, it's but a short snowmobile ride down the hill in front of the resort to the lake below.
   Besides riding on the frozen lake, there are hundreds of miles nearby to explore via snow machines. One could ride to the tip of the Keweenaw, or to Wisconsin, and back through the U.P. to the Soo.
   On our drive up here we didn't encounter snow until well north of Escanaba, probably near Sagola. Whether you ice fish or come here to ride, be safe.

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