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July 2008

Garry Hedrich - Southgate, MI

Excellent. I have already been in the Owen Sound area and seen a few of the falls featured on your program, but didn't realize there were many more to see. Thank you.

Barbara Gillespie - Battle Creek, MI

It was the 1st time I have ever seen the program. It was wonderful. I love nature. I have lung problems that are slowly getting better and I am looking forward to getting out to do things I couldn't do for such a long time.

Michael Mathis - East Lansing, MI

It is nice to get an overview from pros since sometimes the locals are not as aware of things which outsiders think they might be aware of, such as the locals not knowing of the ecological center in Schoolcraft County.

Aaron Walworth - Lansing, MI

I thought it was a very informative episode. I enjoy the fact that you gave information on places that are not well known so that we can visit places that are not as crowded as the most popular places.

Betty Wroubel - Clawson, MI

I absolutely loved it. It has been a while since I have done some hiking but your show rekindled that desire.

Jim Denoyer - Petoskey, MI

Fantastic work, congratulations on capturing the true ambiance of the great UP. I visit the area as often as I can and appreciate your airing in for the rest of the world to see. thanks again

Crystal Cash - Pennville, IN

I really liked the video that you took as you walked the trails and talked about your getaways.

Jennifer Trimper - Grand Rapids, MI

On Saturday, July 5th, we went kayaking on the AuSable River out of Oscoda. We rented our kayaks through the same outfitters as your show does. We told them we had seen them on your show and we did ask about the milkweed too. We plan to kayak the AuSable again in the fall to see the color and more wildlife. Everyone on the river was very friendly by showing us their day's catch and being offered adult beverages. Thanks for the two great shows about the AuSable and Oscoda.

Christine Zarzycki - Madison Heights, MI

I found it interesting that so many places are not well known. I've been to the Manistique area and didn't know that so many places were so close. It was also very interesting that some places were forgotten.

Debbie Blasdell - Birch Run, MI

I recently saw your program about Manistique Enviromental Lab but find nothing to show me where to go for the hike. Could you point me in the right direction?

Hi Debbie,
Thanks for watching Great Getaways! There is not much information to be found online about the Environmental Lab in Manistique, but everything we were able to collect and put together is right here:
Hope that helps.

Dennis Marshall - Alma, MI

Great show. My wife's not a traveler, but she was very interested in this show and a possible vacation on the Gray-Bruce Garden Tour next summer. Last year I found the show on motorcycle touring in Gray-Bruce very enjoyable.

Ray Abbey - Mount Pleasant, MI

It was great. The gardens are absolutely beautiful. I definately plan to visit.

Doug Koch - Plymouth, MI

Beautiful! We'll be traveling in Ontario twice this summer & fall. I especially want to visit the Garden RR. We only caught the last part of that segment after a neighbor called to tell us to "turn on PBS". We have a garden RR - micro-sized compared to what I saw. Next we'll be tuning into your lighthouse tour on WTVS, Detroit - another of our interests Thanks. Doug Koch

Maureen Littlewood - Scarborough, ON

The show was fabulous -- makes me want to come and explore it myself. Maureen

Loren Harper - Grand Rapids, MI

Only caught a few minutes while cooking dinner but always enjoy a lighthouse show. I am a lighthouse junkie. It was immensely interesting but moved along very fast and I had a hard time writing down links and other information (incidently with food on my hands), thus the lighthouse tour guide will be helpful. thank you Loren Harper

Chris Oorbeck - Kalamazoo, MI

Beautiful scenery. My husband and I enjoyed the show so much we want to go there!

Steve Ball - Orlando, FL

Dear Mr. O'boyle and crew, I watch your show here in Orlando on a local station and enjoy your program very much. I used to go hunting in the LP of your state in the 80's and early 90's and if I had known about all the other outdoor oriented places to see there, I probably would have made summer vacations there as well. My wife wants to go to Frankenmuth (sorry if I spelled it wrong). After viewing your show she said she wants go there. I was born here in Orlando and have lived here 46 years and I enjoy now more than ever to visit places that are nature made instead of man made. Your state has made it to our top 5 places to go in the not to distant future because of your show. Sincerely, Steve Ball Orlando, FL

August 2008

Saturday, August 02, 2008 6:03 PM
Joanne Diciacca - Roseville, MI

Great program, beautiful scenery and wonderful commentary. Great Getaways is a very interesting and informitive show.

Jeff Richards - Clinton Township, MI

It was a nice show just like all the ones I've seen so far. It's nice and refreshing to see a show about hiking, canoeing, and the beauty of Michigan, even though your show does not get in too deep about camping but it shows nice places where you can camp, which is something that we (or I at least) need. I like to fish and hunt but that's the only shows on tv that they have.
I don't understand why, but I'm grateful for your show and look forward every Saturday to watch it. My fiance and I are avid campers, camping is what I live for. My second week of vacation this year I'm taking in October and I was considering camping for a week in the Houghton area, I was really considering North Higgins Lake State Park, which one of your earlier shows I caught was about. Thanks for having a great show with some great information and being able to see what each destination is like before you even go there. Keep up the good work, I hope that your show will still be on for years to come, It's one of a kind.
Jeff Richards

Saturday, August 09, 2008 4:29 PM
Donald Schmuck - Unionville, MI

Great show - my wife and I plan on going to the boardwalk in the near future.

Saturday, August 09, 2008 1:19 PM
Kathryn  Jowett - Winnipeg., Manitoba, Canada

I loved the trip through the park and the mention of wheel chair accessibility.  Not being from the area, I also was happy to hear of a clean and friendly hotel/motel that was available.  I do hope you will send me the DVD even though I am from Canada.  I would love to visit the area.  It seems like a jewel in the crown of the great Lakes.   Kathryn Jowett

Saturday, August 09, 2008 1:21 PM
Jennifer Wherry - Temperance, MI

Loved the show! I think this will be a place I will take my grand kids to see.
The filming was great! It was like having a mini vacation at home! The only thing missing was smelling the air, feeling the breeze and my grand children! I WOULD LIKE TO EXPLORE ALL OF THE UP!
Thank you!

Saturday, August 09, 2008 12:05 PM
Dave Armstrong - Waterford, MI

It was great; it really convinced me to take a trip up to Manistique and visit for a few warm summer days and nights before Fall gets here. Thank you for such an informative program!

Sunday, August 10, 2008 12:18 PM
LaRae Mullenix - Three Rivers, MI

It made me feel like I was right there.  I love your show.  I only wish it was on air more often.

Sunday, August 10, 2008 11:29 AM
Dustin Anderson - Delton, MI

I thought that it will be a wonderful trip for my wife and our boys (3 and 5) and I to take next summer. We have been talking about going further north next year after our upper LP tour that we took last week. I think the canoe trip will be perfect for us.
I can't wait to show my family this show, it will get our planning going for next summer's vacation.

Saturday, August 16, 2008 1:00 PM
Alan Fredrickson - Adrian, MI

We love hiking and waterfalls and often plan our vacations around these activities.  We also often go to Ontario so it was great to see your show on waterfalls in Ontario.  We've been to a few of them in the Hamilton/Toronto area but haven't yet ventured this far north.  Thanks for the inspiration to plan another trip!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008 2:48 PM
Pete Ciolfi - Melbourne, FL

Wherever you go next, take me. That was a truly delightful ride filled with wonderous sights and nearly available smells of the great outdoors and delicious food.

Saturday, August 23, 2008 4:35 PM
John Ditner - Brownstown, MI

I liked the show. I too have a bike and have rode in some of the areas that you showed. It is beautiful country and very scenic. I would like to ride this area again and the guide would be very helpful.

Saturday, August 23, 2008 1:03 PM
Robert Galey - Ortonville, MI

GREAT SHOW!!!  My wife and I are new to riding and love finding the nice roads and getaways that are only a couple of days out.  Thanks for the great idea and thanks for a great show.  We can't wait to do it ourselves.
Bob & Bonnie Galey

Monday, August 25, 2008 5:07 PM
Richard Gamm - Lowell, MI

Really enjoy your show overall.  You do a good job showing folks what these recreation/vacation areas are like from a truly realistic vantage point.  Having been a bike rider for 50 years my wife and I really enjoyed your "Born to be Wild" show this past Sunday and are looking forward to duplicating the trip ourselves next summer.
That you for the bike guide and related information.
Richard Gamm

Monday, August 25, 2008 2:54 AM
Donald L  Tallmadge - Port Huron, MI

It really looked like a great time.
More shows on riding motorcycles in great parts of Michigan would be nice.

Saturday, August 30, 2008 1:09 PM
Richard Albertson - Ann Arbor, MI

Just watched the "Mid-Michigan" show on channel 56 and particularly enjoyed learning about the family friendly features of the Rifle River camping area.  My wife and I are retirees with a canoe and 3 year-old black lab and a fall trip to the above area is the sort of trip we would greatly enjoy.

Saturday, August 30, 2008 1:02 PM
Jeff Gresko - Canton, MI

  I have been born and raised in Michigan and it still amazes me when I watch a show such as yours.  I rally appreciate the new and beautiful places in this great state I was not aware of.  Even spending the next 50 years only exploring MI I am sure I will miss something. 
I appreciate and enjoy your show!

Saturday, August 30, 2008 11:25 AM
Thomas Blain - Commerce Township, MI

My wife and I watch your shows and we have already taken a vacation to one of your locations that we had seen on one of your  shows. We went to the Ausable River and camped out. We had a great time then. We just watched this one about the Rifle River. We are now planning our vacation for this Oct. to go to the Rifle River. (I just got a new fly rod fishing pole, can't wait to use it). We are looking forward to having a great time.
Thank you for the suggestion, looks like a lot of fun.

Saturday, August 30, 2008 11:02 AM
Chris Sparks - Saginaw, MI

The show was really good.  I knew of the Rifle River, but did not know of the Park where it started out.  While watching the show, my girlfriend and I decided to take a trip up for the day.

Saturday, August 30, 2008 11:01 AM
Joy Matousek - Flushing, MI

I really enjoyed hearing about the Rifle River Recreation Area.  It seems to be about a 2 hour trip from my home and the canoeing looks great.  Thanks for such an informative show.  I liked the canoeing scenery!!!

Saturday, August 30, 2008 11:03 AM
Elizabeth Ledgerwood - Flint, MI

It was a great show.  I have never been camping before and, just watching the show made want to find out all I can about this great getaway spot. Thank you for showing us how beautiful Michigan truly is.

Saturday, August 30, 2008 11:00 AM
Jude Haggerty - Redford, MI

Awesome!!  I hate seeing summer come to an end, but this show made me hungry for fall.  I have been familiar with Rifle River and have associated it with a "party river", so tend to stay away.  This show "showed" me that there is so much there to see!!  I'm ready.  Gonna open the camper and prepare for a fall trip.

Sunday, August 31, 2008 11:35 AM
Jim Lacasse - Westland, MI

Great show, but I wish it was on the h.d. station

Great Getaways is broadcast in HD where available. The show has been shot in HD for a while now, and will be broadcast that way as local stations convert to the newest technology.

Sunday, August 31, 2008 4:05 PM
Dale Hill -Grand Blanc, MI

I just wanted to let you know how much my wife and I enjoy your program. You people are providing a wonderful service, along with great entertainment which allows us to escape from our everyday troubles. The photography and Tom's narrative are top notch!
Keep up the great work!!
Dale and Chris Hill
Grand Blanc MI (your number one fans)

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