(The 121st Edition)


Victor Edward Swanson,



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    On Friday, April 25, 2014, there was yet ice out in the water in the Straits of Mackinac and near Mackinac Island, but the ice was not like it had been for much of the winter, and some small boats--not the icebreaker type--could move around a bit.  On Sunday, April 27, 2014, I went to the website for the Mackinac Bridge, and I looked at the page showing recent (that day) webcam shots, and there was yet a lot of ice around, which would stop little fishing boats from moving around well, and on that day, I found that the management of the bridge had yet to post the "monthly traffic statistic" for March 2014 (the reason I went to the website was to see the statistics).  On Sunday, April 27, 2014, it looked as if the water of the Straits of Mackinac was made up of sky and clouds, like a partially cloudy day, which reminded me that, in the Upper Peninsula, there is a place called the "Lake of the Clouds," which is over in the Porcupine Mountains area and which is a famous tourist attraction (which was probably ice covered on April 27, 2014).  Then, in the 10 o'clock hour of the morning of Wednesday, April 30, 2014, I went to see if the traffic statistics for March 2014 were posted at the website for the Mackinac Bridge, and they still were not, and at that time, I looked at the webcam shots of the bridge to see how the ice was out on the Straits of Mackinac, and it was impossible to see the water because it was really foggy, which had made the management of the bridge post a "fog warning," which requires motorists to move no faster than 20 miles an hour on the bridge.  On Friday, on May 9 2014, I went to see what the traffic statistics for the Mackinac Bridge for March 2014 were, and, finally--finally--the information was available.  It was reported that, in March 2014, 195,514 vehicles used the Mackinac Bridge and that, in March 2013, 206,728 vehicles had used the Mackinac Bridge, so there was a 5.4 percent drop in 2014 when you compare March 2014 with March 2013.  The amount of traffic on the Mackinac Bridge is on a continual down turn!

    Well, while I am talking about the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I now take you to Marquette, where you will find Northern Michigan University, which is above the 45th parallel.  On the campus of the university is Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center, which is open, generally speaking, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on a Monday-through-Saturday basis during the year.  It has arts and crafts, clothing, household pieces, and other materials related to the Upper Peninsula and history, and a special exhibit at the place till September 6, 2014, is called "What's on Tap?: Brewing in the Upper Peninsula," and it looks at the history of brewing beer in the region from 1850 to today.  Also on the campus of Northern Michigan University is The DeVos Art Museum.  Till August 24, 2014, the art museum has an exhibit entitled "The End Will Look as the Beginning Did: Solutions from the Permanent Art Collection."  That title bothers me.  It makes me think the persons who put the show together--who happen to be student interns--are pushing the manmade-global-warmng idea.  Keep in mind--Even in the Upper Peninsula, far from the nonsense of Detroit, there can be nonsense.  I will be unable to see the exhibit, and if you do, see what you think.  Also at the art museum from June 6, 2014, through August 3, 2014, there will be the "North of the 45th: Seventh Annual Upper Peninsula Juried Art Exhibit," which will have items made by people in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota who live above the 45th parallel.  Remember: Barack Obama as the U.S. President has been to Northern Michigan University to push his rotten ideas about life and his lies about life, such as communism and manmade climate change, and students can be easily pushed into rotten ideas by a smiling face and a man with a "title" (U.S. President).

    Warning announcement!  Because of incidents at schools for children and incidents at other places for people in general tied to "Sharia" or "Islamic Law" or even the religion/political system known as "Islam," I now regularly have this paragraph as a part of each edition of Michigan Travel Tips.  The governmental system of the United States of America based on The U.S. Constitution and "Sharia" or, informally, Islam law, are not compatible and cannot co-exist, and one reason is "Sharia" (et cetera) is a political system, in which there is one-party rule, and that one party is basically made up or controlled by religious leaders who base all the ways of their culture or society on "Sharia" or "Islamic Law."  Those who uphold and practice "Sharia" have no tolerance for the existence of Christianity or Buddhism or Hinduism or non-religion, and that is a fact, and "Sharia" is a political system in which women are second-rate human bodies and in which clergy can be involved in determining  business transactions, and there is no "freedom of speech" tied to politics in a society related to "Sharia."  When you travel around Michigan and in other states of the country, watch for signs that rotten people are trying to teach you or family members, especially children, that "Sharia" is good and "Allah" is good and teach you or family members that the United States of America is bad and that, for instance, Christianity and Buddhism and Hinduism are bad, which I have evidence is happening and which is being brought about by people who are clearly working to make "Sharia" and "Islamic Law" a dominant political system in the world (it is a political system as rotten as socialism and fascism and communism are, since it promotes violence and thuggery and coercion and killing under the face of religion).  By the way, a society based of "Sharia" really creates nothing in the long run and does not advance the human society as a whole since it is too busy suppressing the ideas of people and keeping that ideas of the society based of ways of only a few minds up front (the political leaders, whose main purpose is too keep themselves enriched through  the work of others, the many--it is a gang-run society really.  Yes, if you run across people pushing the idea that Muslim-stuff is better than U.S. is, especially to little children, go public and make it known to other good people and fight back against it!

    Within the last month, people in at least Michigan, especially the Detroit area, have seen news stories about the work being done by the operators of the Yankee Air Museum (based at Willow Run Airport) to buy a portion of the old "Willow Run" factory area, where, for instance, bombers were made during World War II [Meyer, Zlati.  "Museum to buy section of historic Willow Run bomber plant."  Detroit Free Press, 2 May 2014, p. 7A.], and during the last month, I have been making another intensive run to get more information about the helicopters that were based at Air Station Traverse City (Traverse City, Michigan) between 1945 and about 1963 and were used with the former U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker known as The Mackinaw WAG-83 and mostly The Mackinaw WAGB-83 (which is now a museum at Mackinaw City, Michigan) during that period of time (over the last few years, I have sort of done spurts of high-intensive researching on helicopters), and also since last month, I have been working to get more information on radar systems that were on the icebreaker over the years, such as the SL-1, SO-4, SPS-5, and SPS-23 types.  It has been difficult finding information about old radar systems--particularly old photographs of antenna units--so that I can do comparisons of photographs of know radar antenna units with those is see in old photographs of the icebreaker, and it is hard finding old photographs of former U.S. Coast Guard helicopters, such as HO3S-1G types and HO4S-1G types (made up of  the HO4S-1G, HO4S-2G, and HO4S-3G), the former type of which was used with the icebreaker from March 1948 to at least May 1959 and the latter type of which was used with the icebreaker from the early 1950s to the mid 1960s.  During the spring icebreaking seasons between March 1948 and May 1960, the HO3S-1G helicopters got more use with the icebreaker than HO4S-1G-type helicopters got, and during that period of time, there were tough years for the icebreaker, not unlike this past winter; for instance, around May 11, 1947, there was still bad ice in the Buffalo area of New York, and The Mackinaw WAG-83 (as the icebreaker was then known) had to do work to help free about three dozen trapped freighters.  Around the first week of May 2014, The Mackinaw WLBB-30, which took over for The Mackinaw WAGB-83 in June 2006 and which is based at Cheboygan (Michigan), was still out doing breakout work, such as in the Duluth area of Minnesota.  Helicopters are not used for spotting ice conditions for The Mackinaw WLBB-30.  The days of using helicopters with icebreakers to do ice-spotting work for the icebreakers had a heyday between the late 1940s and early 1960s.  Today, I know three HO3S-1G helicopters that were used with The Mackinaw WAGB-83 (or The Mackinaw WAG-83) still exist, and they are at museums ("232" is in Phoenix, Arizona, and "233" is in McMinniville, Oregon, and "235" is in NAS Pensacola, Florida), and it is too bad one of those or another is not in Michigan, such as at the Yankee Air Museum, since it is very unlikely that I will ever get to see the three housed at museums in the country, such as those way out in the West.  I have seen the three helicopters in old photographs and recently made photographs, which I have on file to study, some of which I acquired by watching old newsreels, such as those recently posted on YouTube by British Pathe.  If you have old photographs of The Mackinaw WAGB-83 or aircraft used with the icebreaker, I hope you would be kind enough to send digital copies to me so that I may study them, especially during the days that I spend trying to figure out what radar systems were used with the icebreaker.

    Oh, I have some good news for long-distance travelers, and I have some bad news, which you may not have heard.  In the past, I made mention of the Hammond Bay Trading Post, which is located along US-23, about fifteen miles north of Rogers City.  The place is open again with new owners, whom I met for the first time on Thursday, May 8, 2014.  The new owners are Tina Bertog and Thomas Hankins, and the place was opened up by them for the week on Monday, May 13, 2014.  The place has been changed a bit inside since the last time the place was open (operated by the pervious owners).  For instance, in the back room, which is open to customers, there is now ice cream sold by the scoop.  The plot at the moment is to have the place open year-round.  I hope for the best for Tina and Thomas.  I keep in mind how Barack Obama and his associates are hurting the American economy--purposely--and yet he and them say that things are going well, which is bullshit!.  Here is news that you may not have heard about--Around May 6, 2014, some news entities reported the news from a recently issued Brookings Institute study that noted that, now, more businesses are folding in the country than are being created, and that is a first for the country (Morrissey, Ed.  "Brookings: More businesses dying than being created--for the first time ever."  HotAir.com, 6, May 2914, 10:41 a.m.).  Since January 2009, I have from time to time reported in editions of Michigan Travel Tips my rough surveys of tourism in the general area where the Hammond Bay Trading Post exists, and I have been report signs on continual downturns.  Tina and Thomas have more burdens in their way to keep their business running than they should have--imposed on them by the federal government (particularly the Barack Obama administration, the communistic entity)--and may even know.

    Stay well!


    P.S. #1: Remember: While you travel in Michigan, remind your children or grandchildren that they should never pledge to be a "servant to Obama" or a servant to any politician or sing the praises of Barack Obama, and to help you remember other matters that you should teach children about bad politicians, such as Barack Obama (who can be described as an "enslaver"), see such other documents of mine as Conservatism for Children and What Conservatism Means (which can be reached through this link: Conservatism) and Lessons for Children about Politics and Dangerous People (which can be reached through this link: Children).  (Note: I first passed along the subject of not being a "servant to Obama" and the like in the publication entitled T.H.A.T. #58, which can be reached through this link: T.H.A.T. #58.)

    Your travel tips in this edition of Michigan Travel Tips are:

    The Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Marquette County, the Upper Peninsula.

    The DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Marquette County, the Upper Peninsula.

    The Yankee Air Museum, Willow Run Airport, Belleville, Wayne County, the Lower Peninsula.


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