(The 95th Edition)


Victor Edward Swanson,



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    So the winter has been unusually cold and snowy for Europeans, as I have become aware through television newscast reports and other news reports, and the winter for Europeans has been a stark difference compared with the winter that has been around for the Great Lakes area, specifically for Michigan.  Since late 2011, while the winter has been easy, I have been hunting down articles about The Mackinaw WAGB-83, which was an icebreaker on the Great Lakes from 1944 to 2006, and I have found information about how the winters had been over the decades while that ship was on duty--some were easy and some were hard, and one of the hardest was the 1978 winter--and given that this winter has been mild, it looks as if The Mackinaw WLBB-30, which is the ship that replaced The Mackinaw WAGB-83, will have an easy "breakout season" this March and April.  The Mackinaw WAGB-83 may be one thing that you might visit as a tourist attraction this season, and for several days this summer, I expect to be a volunteer guide on the ship, working at my usual station--on the bridge--and I wonder if there  will be fewer visitors to the ship this season because of a number of reasons.  I have heard predictions that the price of gasoline will be high this summer, and that may cause some people to hold back on how much they travel.  I have to report that I regularly keep informed about how much traffic has been going over the Mackinac Bridge, which is the direct link between the Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula.  For 2011, statistics from the Mackinac Bridge Authority show that the first eleven months were down months--that is, each month had a decrease in traffic over the corresponding month of 2010--and December 2011 had a slight increase in traffic over that of December 2010.  Overall, the 2011 traffic count was down five-point-six percent (or 5.6 percent) over the 2010 count.  What is very important to the people in the Upper Peninsula is tourism, as it has been for decades and decades, and, by the way, many people in the Upper Peninsula voted for Barack Obama in the election of November 2008, and it looks to me as if the people in the Upper Peninsula could have a tough tourism season this season, if the price of gasoline is very high, higher than it needs to be, and that will be partially the result of what Barack Obama is purposely doing to hurt the country (evidence has been his work to hurt the beaches of the Gulf during the oil-well disaster of 2010 and his work to block drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico and other places and his work to block the construction of the "Keystone" pipeline project).  Just after the 2012 big tourism season ends, the national election of 2012 will come, and, to me, it will be interesting to see how many people will vote for Barack Obama and show off their ignorance or evilness, since only ignorant or evil people could vote for Barack Obama, who is an "enslavist."

    Before I report on some places to see this upcoming tourism season, I do have to note information about tourism in some parts of the Lower Peninsula.  At Cheboygan, which is in Cheboygan County (of the Lower Peninsula), there are two hardware stores informally called "Do-It-Stores," and one has been closed all winter or been on hiatus all winter, which is the first time it has happened this century, and that is only one piece of information that shows the economy is not improving, as Barack Obama has been saying.  About 25 miles south of Cheboygan along US-23 is Ocqueoc, and for years, there was a store and gas station, there, called "Hammond Bay Trading Post."  Well, because of lack of tourism in roughly the northern quarter of the Lower Peninsula for about two years, the operators of that place shut it down near the end of February 2012; for example, last winter, for many weeks, the place did not sell gasoline because the operators did not have enough customers to urge them to buy gasoline to sell (it cost thousands and thousands of dollars to buy gas from a distributor to fill the big underground gas tanks), and, to be specific, I note that the snowmobile traffic was down last winter and that the first two months of this winter had terrible snowmobiling conditions for snowmobilers--in essence, there was not any snow.  Oh, I have reported, in the past, that boating traffic and beach-use traffic in the "Trading Post" area seem to be down when compared with the boating traffic and beach-use traffic of several years ago.  (Incidentally, Rogers City is about fifteen miles south of what was the "Trading Post," and the marina traffic at Rogers City has been going steadily down the last few years.

    Well, that is enough of that type of tourism-related information for this edition of Michigan Travel Tips, and I will provide similar type information in the next edition of Michigan Travel Tips, especially about what could be called a nationally known business and tourist site that had been run by a "progressive" (in essence, a supporter of communism) for about five years and that is dead--Barack Obama is even hurting idiot communist supporters that he has [Barack Obama's hurting his communist supporters I do not care about and could not care less about, but I will not it, even only to show how such persons are idiots].

    Advertisement: The commercial in this edition of Michigan Travel Tips urges you to get a copy of Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, which is a book written by Mark R. Levin.  This book will help you understand better what Barack Obama is--a man who is purposely hurting the country, even though he is the president of the country--but the book is really about enslavers--politicians--who do not believe in the values of The U.S. Constitution and how The U.S. Constitution is designed to limit the power of the government, especially a dictatorship, over the individual (the citizen).  Remember: In the United States of America, it is the individuals who own the government and not the government that owns the citizens, the latter of which is what Barack Obama wants and is pushing for.

    I begin my work to mention places to see by noting one more traffic statistic at the Mackinaw Bridge.  The amount of traffic for January 2012 at the Mackinac Bridge was four-point-six percent lower than the amount of traffic for January 2011, which had been down over January 2010.  I wonder if that hints at a trend for 2012.
    I think the operators at Family Fun Park at Escanaba (of Delta County of the Upper Peninsula) might see fewer long-distance travelers as guests this year.  Oh, Family Fun Park is a little amusement park, not unlike others that you can find fairly easily at other places in Michigan.  It has, for example, a go-kart track, bumper-boat area, a driving range for golf, baseball batting cages, and more than a dozen bankshot backboards for basketball fans.  Family Fun Park is located along 3rd Avenue near North 30th Street, and it is open every day from May through Labor Day as a rule.
    Family Fun Park is a place that I have never talked about in an edition of Michigan Travel Tips before, and it is one of the tourist attractions in Michigan that is most definitely being affected by Barack Obama's communist attack on the United States of America--since it has go-karts, which use gasoline.

    Another place that I have never talked about in Michigan Travel Tips before is the Inland Water Route Historical Museum, which is at Alanson (of Emmet County of the Lower Peninsula).  The Inland Water Route is made up of inland lakes, rivers, and manmade passageways, which allowed boats to be used to move mail, goods, and people in the 1800s and 1900s, especially from the late-1800s to the mid-1900s, and before good roads existed, it tied together more closely people of such places as Alanson, Burt Lake, Indian River, and Cheboygan, which are in, basically, the northern tip of the Lower Peninsula.  If you go to the museum, you will learn about such boats as The Irene, The City of Cheboygan, and The North Belle of the late 1800s and The Topbinabee of the early 1900s, and you will learn about "dummy trains," which are considered suburban trains (small trains) that linked communities in the region.  The Inland Water Route Historical Society was founded in 2004, and the museum was opened in June 2007, and since it is a new museum, which is based in a small town, the staffers of the museum are looking for donations of items that can make up the museum, such as documents (like flyers) from hotels that were along the water route, old photographs (either those from publications or those from family collections), and any real items that have historical value.  Generally speaking, the Inland Water Route Historical Museum is open at Alanson from Memorial Day to October 31, though not every day; for example, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, it is only open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for a few hours--during the midday period.

    Since 2008, I have been a guide/volunteer at the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum, which is at Mackinaw City, and, as I have already noted, I plan to be at the museum--which is the former Great Lakes icebreaker known as The Mackinaw WAGB-83 (and The Mackinaw WAG-83)--for a few days this summer tourist season, and when I am there, I will man my usual station, which is the bridge.  Over the last two months, I have done heavy research and found more than 300 old newspapers articles about the ship, so I think I am now one of the most informed persons about the ship.  During the last few months, I have determined a number of big pieces of information that I had been told about by paid staffers of the museum are wrong, and I have come to the conclusion that some information about radar on the ship could be wrong.  I was told that The Mackinaw was the first ship to have a radar unit on the Great Lakes, but so far, I have only been able to find that The Mackinaw got a radar unit in late-December 1946, and by December 1946, six freighters and at least two pleasure ships based in Canada, one of which was The S.S. Keewatin, had already had radar units.  Now I come to the real purpose of this paragraph. While looking for information about radar, I found an article that had been published by The Grand Rapids Press on December 9, 2011, that was about The S.S. Keewatin (Kukla, Myron.  "Work Starts This Week to Start S.S. Keewatin on Journey Back to Ontario." The Grand Rapids Press, 9 December 2011, 2:00 p.m., 2:10 p.m.). The S.S. Keewatin was a pleasure ship/tourist ship on the Great Lakes in much of the 1900s, and  in 1967, it became a tourist attraction at Douglas (of Allegan County of the Lower Peninsula), Michigan, and work is now being done, such as by Skyline International Development Inc., to move the ship from Douglas, Michigan, to Port McNicoll, Ontario, where it will become a floating museum.  So sometime in June 2012, The S.S. Keewatin will no longer be at Douglas, Michigan, so if you want to take some photographs of it at Douglas, Michigan, you only have a few more weeks to do that.

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    Since "gas"--or more specifically the price of "gas"-is important to tourism in Michigan, I have this news.  On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, the head of the U.S. Department of Energy--Stephen Chu--was testifying at a subcommittee meeting in the U.S. House of Representatives.  At one point, Alan Nunnelee (a Republican related to Mississippi) asked if the goal of the government was to get the price of gas lower, and Stephen Chu noted: "...No, the overall goal is to decrease our dependence on oil, to build and strengthen our economy."  [Morrissey, Ed.  "Chu to Congress: We're not interested in lowering gas prices."  Hot Air, 29 February 2012, 11:00 a.m.]

    By the way, on February 21, 2012, ABC-TV was sending out its feed of World News with Diane Sawyer to television stations in the East, and during the newscast a reporter was at a gas station in California, and during the newscast, the price of gasoline, there, increased ten cents, ending up at $5.09 a gallon, and over the next few days, the Barack Obama administration pushed the idea that "speculators" were a cause for the rise.  Ugh!

    Enjoy your safe traveling in Michigan!

    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:

    Family Fun Park, Escanaba, Delta County, the Upper Peninsula.

    The Inland Water Route Historical Museum, Alanson, Emmet County, the Lower Peninsula.

    The S.S. Keewatin, Douglas, Allegan County, the Lower Peninsula.

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