Places and Things
Nick Howell

Places to Go: Isle Royale

Located 56 miles from the Keweenaw Peninsula in the northwest corner of Lake Superior resides the 4th largest inland lake island in the world. It’s the second largest in the great lakes after Manitoulin Island on the Canadian side of Lake Huron in the Ontario Province. We are of course talking about the quarter pounder of islands, Isle Royale. The

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Nick Howell

Places to Go: Drummond Island

In keeping with the island theme, we started with Beaver Island, this quarter we’re going to shed some light on Drummond Island. Drummond is pretty well known to the off-road and overland community here in Michigan. It offers a good variety of trails that range from easy to challenging. The Places to Go series explores adventure related points of interest

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Michigan Made: Victory 4x4
Michigan Made
Nick Howell

Michigan Made: Victory 4×4

JCROffroad is one of the Michigan businesses leading the way when it comes to engineering Jeep parts. And they have been successful at it. A few years back, when we ran their Michigan Made article, we also caught wind of something else they had been cooking up. Victory 4×4 is something not aimed at the Jeep market.There are hundreds if

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Michigan Made
Nick Howell

Michigan Made: Four Overland Specific Small Businesses You Should Follow

Michigan is known for automotive innovation. Several of the worlds largest automotive companies have headquarters in and around the state. Large companies are not all the state has to offer though. A good number of smaller companies are making their mark in the automotive aftermarket arena as well. While overlanding in Michigan is starting to gain traction, there are still

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Places To Go: Beaver Island
Places and Things
Nick Howell

Places to Go: Beaver Island

There are a good number of islands dotted throughout the Great Lakes. The largest of these being Drummond Island and Isle Royale, both of which are respectable adventuring spots. However, one island in Lake Michigan not far off the cost from Charlevoix has a strange history. Accessible by boat or plane, Beaver Island, has now become a favorite place for

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Michigan Made
Nick Howell

Michigan Made: Peninsulas and Yooper Shirts

Michigan has a strong base of small businesses that create a wide range of state-related goods. In this Michigan Made we take a look at Peninsulas and Yooper Shirts, two retailers with a diverse array of products, online presence, and traditional brick and mortar stores that fulfill that need for Michigan branded goods. Peninsulas Peninsulas have strong roots in Michigan,

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Michigan Made
Nick Howell

Michigan Made: Lost In Michigan

Being based in Michigan we tend to see the same types of photos coming across our social media streams. The dunes, the bridge, the waterfalls, and sunsets. Everyone’s take on Michigan’s iconic landmarks is interesting but what we don’t get to see is what’s not seen every day. Things that aren’t tourist attractions, but we still might find interesting. Lost

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Michigan Made
Nick Howell

Michigan Made: Under The Radar

One of the things we try to do here at Michigan Overland is to promote some of the people, places, and things that make Michigan great. While we’re rather new to this, Under the Radar has been creating video content for PBS for 7 seasons. They’re pretty seasoned and they do a fantastic job. They are the original purveyors of

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real hawk in the wild
Michigan Made
Nick Howell

Michigan Made: JCR Offroad

If you own a Jeep in Michigan you might be familiar with Michigan Made JCR Offroad and their incredible line of Jeep parts and accessories. Offering everything from bumpers, armor, and racks down to some miscellaneous mounts and parts that might be more obscure. If you own XJ, JK, CJ, or any other two letter Jeep variant they’ve probably got

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Nick Howell

Michigan Made: 906 Adventure Team

There is no doubt that biking in Michigan is an enjoyable and effective way to stay healthy and active. Whether it’s mountain biking, road biking,or you’ve just got a leisure rider then the 906 Adventure Team might be for you. Based out of Marquette in the Upper Peninsula, the 906 Adventure Team has three primary goals: to get families and

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Places and Things
Nick Howell

Places to Go: Tahquamenon Falls Train and Riverboat Tours

Situated just west of Lake Superior in the eastern part of the Upper Peninsula are the two sections of Tahquamenon Falls. There is no denying that Tahquamenon Falls by itself is one of the best attractions in the state of Michigan and should be experienced on it’s own. What some might not know is that the falls can be accessed by

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Places and Things
Nick Howell

Places to Go: Black Rocks Cliff Diving and Swimming Hole

If cliff diving is your thing, keep reading. Located just outside of Marquette in the Upper Peninsula, Presque Isle Park is home to one of best swimming spots in the state of Michigan. Black Rocks offer visitors the chance to jump from its fifteen-foot cliffs into the beautiful Lake Superior water. Granted the best time to take advantage of this

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Places and Things
Nick Howell

Places to Go: Blissfield Murder Mystery Train

Nestled between Adrian and the Ohio border resides a small village in Lenawee County named Blissfield. With a population of roughly 3,300 people, the question might be what does Blissfield, Michigan have to offer someone looking for adventure? That question can be answered in the form of The Old Road Dinner Train.While Blissfield is in the Southern parts of Michigan

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Places and Things
Nick Howell

Places to Go: Tunnel of Trees

It’s hard to pinpoint one great thing about Michigan at any point in time of the year, however, many things could be considered great during each season. The Tunnel of Trees is no exception. One of the great things about a Michigan Fall is the explosion of color throughout the state. From suburban streets to the middle of nowhere, Michigan

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Michigan Made
Nick Howell

Michigan Made: Tri City Brewing

The story goes that Tri-City Brewing, a Bay City craft brewery, founder Kevin Peil was given a beer brewing kit for Father’s Day in 1995. Fast forward to 2007 and Tri-City Brewing makes its appearance on the Michigan beer scene. Following in the likes of Bay City Brewing, Phoenix Brewing, and Saginaw Brewing, Tri-City Brewing finds itself the first independent

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Nick Howell

Michigan Made: The Mighty Mitten

Being overlanders we also tend to dabble in other ventures outside of vehicle dependent travel. For those of you who might be Michigan art connoisseurs, The Mighty Mitten has just the thing for you. Owner and artist Brian Walline managed to capture some of the most iconic locations in and around Michigan in the form of Work Projects Administration posters

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Nick Howell

Michigan Made: Roam

Roam Automotive, Roam Media, and U.P. Overland are all synonymous with the Roam brand. Maybe you’re familiar with U.P. Overland, but if not it’s the arm of Roam that provides overlanders (or non-overlanders) with the opportunity to experience Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in a unique way. Not surprisingly, Roam Automotive caters to and promotes vehicle enhancements in the vein of overlanding rigs. These

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Nick Howell

Michigan Made: Must Be Michigan

There isn’t much better than being able to represent the best parts of something we love. Must Be Michigan helps us accomplish this with their awesome line of #michiganmade apparel. The company specializes in nothing but apparel and accessories, offering t-shirts, sweatshirts, coffee mugs, and even a phone cover. Some of our favorites are the Great Lakes Not Great Roads,

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Michigan Made
Nick Howell

Michigan Made: Awesome Mitten

Do you need a good resource for finding things to do all over Michigan? Awesome Mitten has you covered. Providing almost daily coverage of things to do and places to see all over Michigan, Awesome Mitten brings a highly detailed and engaging perspective on what there is to do in this state. Covering all four corners of lower Michigan and

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Michigan Made
Nick Howell

Michigan Made: Oxx Coffeeboxx

Coffee is an essential part of any overlanding trip and Oxx recognized a need for a portable, rugged, go anywhere coffee making solution. Designed and engineered as a crush proof caffeine delivery system, the Coffeeboxx was born out of a necessity to provide fuel for those who build and maintain the areas we occupy, work, and play in. The Coffeeboxx

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Nick Howell

Michigan Made: Michigan Fishworks

Michigan Fishworks is an online apparel company for you anglers. Owner, angler, and designer Michael Michaud uses a Japanese method known as Gyotaku to make his fish prints with stunning results. Each fish is caught by Michael from Michigan waters and used as a template to create his t-shirts. Michigan Fishworks currently offers five different types of fish t-shirts. Check

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Michigan Made
Nick Howell

Michigan Made: Pure Mittigan

Pure Mittigan is a Grand Rapids based outfit that showcases Michigan photography. Their Instagram page has well over 50,000 followers and near 1,000 scenic photos taken from all over Michigan. In addition to the photography, their website shop offers some unique items. Both the Michigan Pallet Wood Wall Decor (seen above) and Michigan Bottle Cap Map are made from pallet wood

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Michigan Made
Nick Howell

Michigan Made: Things To Do In The U.P.

Things To Do In The U.P., sounds like a Google search right? It is, but it’s also a repository of places to go and things to do in the Upper Peninsula run by one Michigander lucky enough to live in the great white north. Along with providing a wealth of information on things to do, Jesse Land also has an

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