(The 20th Edition)

Victor Edward Swanson,



    The reports and stories contained on this Web page have been put together with information taken from "The Victor Swanson Fabulous Files of Places to See in Michigan and Wisconsin" and with information obtained from operators and staffers of tourist attractions and from press releases, Web sites, and other sources.  The reports and stories are provided as a public service by Victor Swanson and The Hologlobe Press.  Almost all persons and entities, such as staffers of radio stations, may freely use the materials; neither AAA Michigan nor any employee of AAA Michigan may use, distribute, download, transmit, copy, or duplicate any of the material presented on this page in any way or through any means.

- - - Travel Thoughts for Everyone - - -

    If a person goes traveling in Michigan by vehicle, the person could travel alone or could travel with at least one other person, and if a person must travel with someone else or is forced to travel with someone else, the person can end up with someone who the person would never want to travel with again in a million years or can end up with someone who the person would not be opposed to traveling with again.  I recently ended up taking an unexpected trip through the Detroit area with a guy named Jim Moore, and the trip--which was taken on the evening of Halloween Eve--was an unexpected pleasant trip.  The trip and other matters are the focus of this edition of Michigan Travel Tips.

    The trip on Halloween Eve was the end result of my having made a decision to do a bit of work for a "friend" of one of my close friends, and the "friend" was a retired gal who needed work done on, for instance, the front porch and the back porch of her home, which had been built around 1904 and exists a few blocks north of the Fisher Building in Detroit.  By the way, the Fisher Building is one of the prominent buildings in Detroit, especially at night when it is aglow because of a lighting system.  Around midmorning on Halloween Eve, the gal and I traveled at least a dozen miles in one direction from her home to get materials from a store so that I could finish what work had to be done for her, and after taking that drive, some of what I did during the remainder of the day was put outdoor carpeting on the front porch of her home and install a light in the kitchen.  At about nine in evening, the work was done, and the Fisher Building had a golden glow, and I was ready to leave for Dearborn.  I said good evening to my host and went to my vehicle, a pickup truck, which had been used to get the materials earlier in the day.  I started the vehicle and pressed on the brake pedal, and the pedal went all the way to the floor--too easily.  The brake system was not working properly, and I knew immediately there had to be a brake-fluid leak in the brake system, and I soon discovered through a little searching that the leak was somewhere near the master cylinder.

    Here's where Jim Moore comes in.  I called for a tow truck.  The truck that arrived--a bit before ten in the evening--was Truck Number 4 of R. J.'s Towing.  The driver was Jim Moore.

    And so the trip began, most of which was on a portion of westbound I-94 and a portion of westbound Ford Road.  During the trip, we talked about a number of subjects.  I learned he was married and had a son.  We talked about movie-host Bill Kennedy (who you can learn a bit about by reading T.H.A.T. #10 or T.H.A.T. #11, reached by clicking on T.H.A.T. #10 or T.H.A.T. #11) and Sir Graves Ghastly (who you can learn a bit about by reading T.H.A.T. #19, reached by clicking on T.H.A.T. #19).  He talked about how he likes to see old movies, such as those fun B pictures of the 1950s, examples of which are the movie with the giant ants and the movie with the giant grasshoppers.  I told him about a bookstore at which he could find a lot of old or used books about movies and television shows (that bookstore is John King Bookstore in Detroit).  Of course, I passed along information about my background in radio and my Web site, and, in relation to my Web site, I mostly talked about T.H.A.T. and Michigan Travel Tips, and I talked more about Michigan Travel Tips than T.H.A.T., but I really did not talk too much about Michigan Travel Tips because there was not much time to get into a long discussion about it, and I did not mention what the next edition--this edition--would cover.

    Near the end of the trip, I talked about what Michigan Travel Tips #19 focused on, which was mostly about the big sculptures that were created by Moran Iron Works and the sculptures that still exist.  I did not note that one of the sculptures--the "Torch of Freedom"--now has a new location, given it only after the previous edition of Michigan Travel Tips was published.  Special Reporter Joan Scheel recently confirmed that the "Torch of Freedom" is now set up at the new location.  (In the previous edition of T.H.A.T., I said that the "Torch of Freedom," which is a statue based on the arm with the torch of the Statue of Liberty, would soon be at a new permanent location.)  Joan reported that the "Torch of Freedom" is set up in Lakeside Park at Rogers City (Presque Isle County of the Lower Peninsula), and she said that the torch is mounted on a somewhat raised platform, and the people who set up the torch did work on the flame of the torch, and now the flame looks like it is aflame, having, for instance, little lights and what appears to be gold tinsel-like material.  (Incidentally, Lakeside Park is along Erie Street (which is an extension of M-68), near US-23.)

    During the trip home, I told Jim that I try to talk about at least one thing in the Upper Peninsula in each edition of Michigan Travel Tips, but I did not tell Jim about new information that I had recently come across about Marquette Golf Club, which is at Marquette (Marquette County of the Upper Peninsula).  I could have said that Marquette Golf Club opened up The Heritage Golf Course in 1926, and, then, the course had only nine holes, and I could have said, in the summer of 1968, nine more holes became available to golfers at The Heritage.  Next, I could have told Jim that, this summer, another course was opened by the Marquette Golf Club, and, in fact, it was opened on June 16, 2005, and I could have reported that the new golf course is called the Greywalls Golf Course.

    The Greywalls Golf Course has 18 holes, and one of the special features at the course is the rock face at the fifth hole, an obstruction of sorts that is on the way to the green.  It is too late to walk The Greywalls and chase a golf ball around this year.  Keep The Greywalls in mind for next year. Officially, Marquette Golf Club is at 1075 Grove Street at Marquette.

    I did not tell Jim that, from time to time, I mention places to stay in the state and that I do not necessarily recommend places--that is, I note places that exist and recommend readers of Michigan Travel Tips do research to determine whether or not they wish to stay at the places.  Since the last edition of Michigan Travel Tips was published, I stumbled upon information about McIntaw Lodge, which is at Cheboygan (Cheboygan County of the Lower Peninsula), and I could have told Jim about McIntaw Lodge, and if I would have, I would have told him to decide for himself if it seems to be a place he, his wife, and son could go to and stay at during a vacation.  I could have noted that I discovered guests of the lodge find there's a Meade motorized telescope as something to use.

    McIntaw Lodge is a four-bedroom place, which has a kitchen, and it is open for reservations throughout the year.  Generally speaking, the main season is from the start of June to the second full week of October and the "off season" is from the second full week of October to the last full week of May.  If you are looking for a place to stay while on a vacation to see things in the general Mackinaw City/St. Ignace area or beyond that area, you could do research about the McIntaw Lodge, which is operated by Tom and Eve McIntosh.

    While riding and talking with Jim Moore, I did not give a hint that I was going to talk about any place in the Detroit area through the upcoming edition of Michigan Travel Tips, the 20th edition.  I could have told him that I was going to talk about two places to see in Wyandotte, which is a suburb of Detroit--a southern suburb.  I could have first told him about the Biddle Gallery, which is an art gallery that is open most days of the year--it is open on most weekdays and open some weekend days.  I then could have mentioned that the art gallery is along Biddle Avenue, as is another tourist attraction, and the other tourist attraction is the Ford-MacNichol Home and Wyandotte Museum.

    Of course, Jim and I finally got to the end of the ride.  Jim disconnected my vehicle from his Truck Number 4, and he went about his way.  I moved the vehicle in to the garage, and that was my unexpected trip in Michigan on the evening of Halloween Eve this year.

    Let me add something.  The next day, I pushed the truck out of the garage and discovered brake line somewhat positioned along the frame in the engine compartment was broken--having rusted through.  To make the vehicle right, I had to put in three new pieces of brake line, which I had to bend and add flare nuts to, and I had to drill out a broken bleeder screw in a front caliper and use a tap to make new threads for a new bleeder screw, and I had to do other things to get the brake system ready so that I could "bleed" the brake system, which is the process of getting air out of the brake system.  Remember: If you do a brake-repair job, put anti-seize on the threads of each bleeder screw and only tighten down each screw enough so that you stop brake fluid from leaking out of the caliper or brake cylinder, and consider putting a "blob" or "glob" of high-temperture grease on what part of each bleeder screw is exposed to the elements (the greasing work is done so that you can easily loosen or remove each bleeder screw at sometime in the future).

    Your travel tips in Michigan are:

    The Biddle Gallery, Wyandotte, Wayne County, the Lower Peninsula.

    The Ford-MacNichol Home and Wyandotte Museum, Wyandotte, Wayne County, the Lower Peninsula.

    The Greywalls Golf Course, Marquette Golf Club, Marquette, Marquette County, the Upper Peninsula.

    McIntaw Lodge, Cheboygan, Cheboygan County, the Lower Peninsula.

    The "Torch of Freedom" (created by Moran Iron Works), Lakeside Park, Rogers City, Presque Isle County, the Lower Peninsula.

- - - Public Service Copy for Broadcasters (four pieces) - - -

Number One:

    It can sometimes take longer to get to places, such

as the Watersmeet area of the Upper Peninsula, in the

winter than in the summer because roads can be

completely snow covered or partially snow covered.

Snow-covered conditions or partially snow-covered

conditions are not necessarily reasons to do no traveling,

but snow-covered conditions or partially snow-covered

conditions are reasons to slow down and follow the

rules of safe driving.  When roads are snow covered

or slippery, drive at steady safe speeds and keep a lot

of room between your vehicle and any vehicle ahead.

If you have a vehicle with ABS brakes and want to

stop on slippery pavement, press down on the brake

pedal firmly, and let the ABS system do what it is

supposed to do.  If you have a vehicle with standard

brakes and want to stop on slippery pavement, do not

press the brake pedal so hard that the brakes lock up.

And enjoy your safe traveling in Michigan.


Number Two:

    Here is a little news item from The Hologlobe Press,

which publishes the free Internet-only publication

entitled Michigan Travel Tips every month.  The

edition of Michigan Travel Tips for last month had

information about 15 special sculptures created by

Moran Iron Works that are on display--for free--

around the state.  Since last month, one of the

sculptures--the "Torch of Freedom"--has been set up

at a new permanent location.  The sculpture, which is

like the hand with the torch of the Statue of Liberty,

is now at Lakeside Park at Rogers City.  If you go to

Rogers City, look for the torch.  Remember: All the

editions of Michigan Travel Tips can be found at the

Web site for The Hologlobe Press, and the Web-site

address is www.hologlobepress.com.  And the

publisher of The Hologlobe Press reminds you to keep

your speed down on the snow-covered roads this

winter and enjoy your safe traveling in Michigan.


Number Three:

    In the winter, a good way to avoid cold weather

and stay warm is to stay inside, but staying inside a

home all the time is not a good way to spend the winter,

especially since there are so many other places around

the state to go to and keep warm.  Wyandotte is one

of the suburbs of Detroit, and one of the tourist

attractions in Wyandotte is the Biddle Gallery.  The

Biddle Gallery is an art gallery that has fine art, jewelry,

handmade tile, and other items, and it is located at

2840 Biddle Avenue, which is not far from another

tourist attraction at Wyandotte.  At 2610 Biddle

Avenue is the Ford-MacNichol Home and Wyandotte

Museum.  The "home" is a house that was built in

1896, and the "home" is the main building for the

Wyandotte Museum.  The historic home and the

gallery are open most weekdays of year, and each

has limited open days on weekends.  Remember:

Wyandotte is easily found south of Detroit, so enjoy

the trip.


Number Four:

    And now The Hologlobe Press has information to

clear up possible confusion about two places in

Michigan--Watersmeet and Watervliet.  Watersmeet

is near US-2 in eastern Gogebic County in the Upper

Peninsula, and Watervliet is along I-94 in northern

Berrien County of the Lower Peninsula.  It is easy to

get the two places somewhat confused.  For instance,

ten letters make up the name of each place.  Both are

places where a lot of snow can fall in the winter, and

that makes both places good places to do cross-country

skiing or snowshoeing.  There are several lakes for

fishing in the Watervliet area, one of which is Paw Paw

Lake, and there several lakes for fishing in the

Watersmeet area, one of which is Sucker Lake.  People

can find places to go camping in both the Watersmeet

area and the Watervliet area.  Remember, though,

if you want and hope to see moose, you are better

off in the Watersmeet area than the Watervliet area.


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copyright c. 2005
File date: 10 November 2005

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