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A Fall Trip To The Mackinac Bridge [PHOTOS]

As I wrap up my vacation blogging, I saved the best for last. Michigan is home to so many cool places, festivals and landmarks. But, in my opinion, what tops the list is the majestic Mackinac Bridge.

Typically on family vacations, my wife handles the picture taking.  In her absence, I took on the task, and apparently overdid it.  My son, Ben, asked why I needed so many pictures of "Big Mac."  I didn't really have an answer at the time, but now I realize it is so I can share them with you.  Enjoy!

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Harvest Festival at For-Mar This Saturday

The For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum invites you to the 2011 Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 8th from 9-5. It's time to slow down and enjoy and celebrate the beauty of autumn right here in Genesee County's premier outdoor attraction. Enjoy cider and donuts and a hayride through the nature preserve.

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The View From Castle Rock [PHOTOS]

Last week, I started a series of articles about a trip my son and I took up north last weekend.  Today, we continue with a stop at Castle Rock in St. Ignace.

This rock, at least five stories up, provides an incredible view of the Straits of Mackinac.  Castle Rock is also home to Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe.

Check out photos from atop the rock after the jump.

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Archery Deer Hunting Season Begins Saturday In Michigan

Saturday morning, October 1st is the beginning of archery deer hunting season throughout Michigan. Thousands of hunters will take to their tree stands and ground blinds in hopes of bagging that big buck. Hunters using archery equipment can hunt deer in Michigan from October 1st to November 14th, and again from December 1st to January 1st.

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A Stop At Michigan’s Mystery Spot

Before my son and I left for our venture to Northern Michigan, my dad told me about a place he took me to when I was a child called Mystery Spot in St. Ignace.  I have no recollection of this mysterious location, so Ben and I decided to check it out.

I know a lot about illusions, magic, smoke and mirrors, so I was convinced it would be a sham.  However, I'm still wondering what we saw and how it was possible.

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Fall Inspires Father/Son Vacation To Michigan’s Mackinaw Village

A few weeks ago, my son, Ben, and I had planned a trip to visit with my grandmother.  She moved in with my aunt and uncle just outside of Washington D.C. about ten years ago, making it much more difficult to spend time with her.

Just days before our departure, our plans fell through and the trip was off.  My son and I had both been really looking forward to a road trip with each other.  A last minute change of plans landed us in Mackinaw Village.

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Time to hit the woods!
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Youth & Disabled Veteran Deer Hunt This Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, September 24th & 25th there will be a special hunting season in Michigan for youth and disabled veterans. A firearm or combination deer hunting license is required to hunt in this special season and veterans must be determined to be 100 percent disabled by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Youth hunters aged 10 to 13 can hunt with firearms on private land only and must have completed hunter training. They also must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

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Extended Weekend At Michigan Renaissance Festival

The Michigan Renaissance Festival is celebrating their Harvest Huzzah this Saturday and Sunday, but also Festival Friday today.  This is one of two three-day weekends the 2011 schedule offers.

The only Friday the Renaissance Festival is open this season offers the opportunity for school groups to experience the authentic Holly Grove Village.

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Dog Meets Skunk-What To Do?

My two year old Golden Retriever, Sammi, met a skunk face-to-face for the first time this morning and, you guessed it, she got sprayed. So what to do first? If this should happen to your pet, you need to be prepared to act quickly to minimize the smell.

Time is of the essence if you don't want your dog and your home to reek of skunk perfume for a long time. There is a solution that will greatly reduce the smell and make your life at least tolerable until it wears off. If you have pets and they roam outdoors, make sure that you have a quart of hydrogen peroxide, some Dawn Dish Soap, and some baking soda on hand. Here's the plan for "de-skunking" your pet (or yourself).

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Cars 108 Garden Harvest Time

It's been a good year for the Cars 108 garden. Almost everything we planted produced prolifically. Between my garden at home and the one at the radio station, I had enough tomoatoes to can for soups and chili and plenty to give to friends and co-workers. The potatoes did very well, as I dug up a 5-gallon bucketful of spuds. The sweet potatoes were the only disappointment as they didn't get very large. I still plan to throw a couple of them on the grill and see how they taste before calling them a failure.

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Fun At The Zoo… I’m Not Lion!

This Labor Day was a bit on the chilly side, but it was perfect for a visit to Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

After riding camels and petting goats, we found ourselves in the presence of the king of beasts.  Not only did this huge Lion catch my eye, but I caught his as well.

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Severe Weather Brought Back To The Bricks To An Abrupt End

There were many events going on throughout Mid-Michigan on Saturday, and many of them ended prematurely.  Severe Storms rolled through the area prompting several severe weather warnings, and dropping as much as five inches of rain in some spots in a very short period of time.

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