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September 2012
What did you think of this week's show?
Saturday, September 01, 2012 6:11 AM
Cathy Schultz - Rockford, MI

My husband and I are always looking for a great ride to do on our Harley Davidson motorcycles. This is just one of the areas (Tawas) in Michigan we haven't explored alot on our bikes.
Saturday, September 01, 2012 10:57 AM
Bill Kacanowski - Ray TWP, MI

Looks like an excellent place for a weekend fall color tour.  Looks nice and relaxing.
Saturday, September 01, 2012 11:04 AM
Michael W. Fernandez - Taylor, MI

I love your program because it gives me great ideas for places to see in Michigan.
Saturday, September 01, 2012 11:32 AM
Marilyn LaLone - Howell, MI

I thought it was very well done.  Makes me want to go up to an area that I haven't been to in years.  Thank you
Saturday, September 01, 2012 11:36 AM
Jane Spooner - Croswell, MI

Wonderful! The show really inspired to get off the beaten path and explore the back roads. I'm going to share this with my co-workers.
Saturday, September 01, 2012 1:59 PM
Wesley Wright - Belleville, MI

I liked it enough to plan a fall trip to the area. It has been a number of years since I have visited this area and now am looking forward to a fall trip.
Saturday, September 01, 2012 3:30 PM
Jan McNeal - Clio, MI

Great show with lots of info and ideas for my next adventure in the area.
Saturday, September 01, 2012 3:34 PM
Jenny Pon - Novi, MI

I enjoyed learning about the beautiful getaway opportunities in the Tawas area.
Sunday, September 02, 2012 10:35 AM
Julie Lubbers - Hamilton, MI

Great! I love learning more about our great state especially the UP!
Thursday, September 06, 2012 8:20 PM
Nathan Crossno - Wyoming, MI

Absolutely fantastic! I am continually impressed at how every week you capture Michigan's beauty.
Saturday, September 08, 2012 7:39 AM
Cheryl Schultz - Bay City, MI

Always enjoy the information on different sites to see.  And you give so much information that it makes you want to go and visit them all.  The shows are always put together very well.  Thank you.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 3:28 PM
Elaine Granch - Dearborn, MI

I thought it was great! My friends just purchased a vacation home in the area and while they haven't spent much time on the "Sunrise" side, my family used to spend part of our vacation time in this area every summer. It has been a long time since I was back on this side of the state. This show brought back a lot of those memories and also showed me new places that my family hadn't visited.
Friday, September 14, 2012 9:38 AM
Andrew Kapusta Jr - Clinton Township, MI

Great Show...I look forward to planning our next camping trip with the help of Great Getaways!!
Sunday, September 16, 2012 7:07 AM
Dennis Lipa - Swartz Creek, MI

Great show, I really enjoyed it. The show highlighted some of the best of the Houghton Lake area. It should make any outdoor enthusiast want to visit.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 7:02 PM
Shirley Burgtorf - Ithaca, MI

I learned some new things about the Houghton Lake area that I didnt know about (good show).
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 7:03 PM
Lori Dorman - Flushing, MI

Great.....not too far from our family cottage in Harrison and never even knew some of it was there! Can't wait to go on an adventure!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 7:22 PM
John Wagus - South Lyon, MI

I have watched the show faithfully for years! Really enjoyed this one and was going to call for more information on the phone number you often show towards the end of the program for the local visitor bureau. The phone number was clipped off on the right and I could not make it out. Perhaps I need to invest in a HD widescreen??

- John, you can contact the Houghton Lake Area Tourism & Convention Bureau at 1 (800) 676-5330. You can also find information from this episode at our online travel planner here.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 7:28 PM
Eileen Gullick - Canton, MI

I just saw your presentation on U.P. waterfalls with sheer delight! I love the Upper Peninsula and at one time I searched for the Sturgeon River Gorge by car through forest roads but later found out it was only accessible by backpacking.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 10:34 AM
Kendall Mead Jr - Moline, MI

You guys do a great job! I usually can nit pick something however great job as always. Keep up showing us Michigan.

Sunday, September 23, 2012 11:11 AM
Janet Koestner - Hickory Corners, MI

Interesting show...  We think our children would love to have more information about the Treetop tours. Where can we get information about this?

- You can find more information about this episode of Great Getaways at our online travel planner here or for specific information about the treetops hike you can contact Scenic Caves Nature Adventures via their website or Information Hotline - (705) 446-0256. I hope that helps!

Saturday, September 29, 2012 10:59 AM
James Fall - Pontiac, MI

Really enjoyed your program on the Rifle River Recreation Area. I have lived in Michigan all my life and your program shows me new places to visit. Look forward to your next show.
Saturday, September 29, 2012 10:57 AM
Ron Simpson - Troy, MI

We always enjoy how you present Michigan and it's beauty to be seen.  The Rifle River is another episode we really enjoyed.  Thank you for doing what you do!!!
Saturday, September 29, 2012 11:00 AM
Phillip Zorza - Waterford, MI

I really enjoyed that you showed a great place to visit in the fall. I used to camp on the Rifle River in the 50's on private land but I did not know about the great wilderness sites offered in this area.
Saturday, September 29, 2012 11:06 AM
Jim Lloyd - Clare, MI

Great show, I didn't know about this area so close to home.  We hope to make a visit next week.
Saturday, September 29, 2012 11:00 AM
Mark Radzwion - Columbus, MI

Very nice and beautiful! We have been going in and around West Branch/Northern Gladwin Co. for 40 years, and had no idea this was here.
Saturday, September 29, 2012 11:29 AM
Beverly Lewis - Cadillac, MI

This is the first time I've seen your show and I will definitely look for it in the future.  It was so interesting.  I've lived in Northern Michigan all my life and never knew about the Rifle River Recreation Area.  I have relatives that visit us every year from California, love nature walks and I was running out of ideas for things to do near our area.  This will absolutely be on my list for next summer when they come.  I was also interested in the camping and canoeing, both things we like to do.  Thanks for promoting our beautiful state.
Sunday, September 30, 2012 12:30 PM
Tony Canda - Ada, MI

Love the shows local flavour and the emphasis on low impact travel.
Sunday, September 30, 2012 6:42 PM
SA Miller - Bellevue, MI

It was awesome. I missed the first couple minutes and wish I hadn't. I wish the show had been a full hour. I'd have sat glued to it the whole time! I've now got this trip on my bucket list. I've done a LOT of camping, backpacking, etc and prefer the more primitive style. Rifle River and the several lakes look to be just my style! THANK YOU for the show and keep up the good (AWESOME) work.
October 2012
What did you think of this week's show?
Monday, October 01, 2012 6:43 AM
Mary Helen Lawson - Big Stone Gap, VA

Every show is full of nature at its best. So nice to see beautiful getaways without crowded lines, noise, all the "commercial vacation" attractions. Great job.
Monday, October 01, 2012 2:17 PM
Andrew Kapusta Jr - Clinton Township, MI

Great Show...I cannot wait to make plans to go to this area. Keep up the great work.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 7:00 PM
Jerry  Hudgins - New Boston, MI

I thought the show was great. I havent been in the Rifle River area since I was a kid, the show brought back alot of good memories. I have watched a number of your programs and I have enjoyed them all. Keep up the good work.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 7:00 PM
Michael Everett - Novi, MI

Love the fact that the lakes were all non-powered. I didn't know that we had any like that in the area. GREAT SHOW!!!
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 6:59 PM
David Everley - Webberville, MI

Loved it.  Of course, we always love your show.  And you always show us different places in Michigan to visit.  Thanks for the great shows.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 7:02 PM
Paul Johnson - Livonia, MI

Found it very interesting. I want to come with my son and enjoy the variety of activities there. And so close to home too! This is the 1st time I've seen the show and was very impressed. Hope to learn about more places I really never considered visiting in my own state.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 7:03 PM
Sandra & David Scheel - West Branch, MI

FANTASTIC!!!  What a pleasure to see "our town" showcased on public TV. This was a very positive show -- we learned a lot about the area (we retired here) and want to visit the woods and lakes you highlighted. Many, many thanks.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 7:02 PM
Debra Abraham - West Branch, MI

Loved it!  I was living and working close to the Rifle River Recreation Area for nearly 40 years and I didn't know what a jewel it was until the last 6 or 7. Since then, my husband and I have tried to go camping there at least once a year, and we make frequent day trips, just to enjoy the beauty. Many of our family and friends stay there, too, and we join them as often as we know they're there. Some of my most beautiful photographs are from the Rifle River Recreation Area. I love to share information about the Rifle River Recreation Area with others. Thank you!
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 7:02 PM
Yvonne Bird - Auburn, MI

We are always looking for a new area in Michigan for color tours.  The Rifle River Recreation Area is secluded and has hiking trails and boating in the lake. I look forward to visiting sometime before November.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 7:04 PM
Mark Loyd - Milan, MI

I really like watching your show. I enjoy traveling Michigan and your show gives me a lot of ideas on places to go.I now want to go to the Rifle River Rec. Area on my next outing after watching you show. Thank You, keep up the good work.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 7:02 PM
Chuck  Savine - Dryden, MI

Really enjoyed the show! We have a cottage just south of West Branch and never knew of the Rifle River Rec. Area. We are definitely going to plan a visit.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 7:04 PM
Don McClelland - Clinton Township, MI

Very good information on the area, am going to take the family camping there next summer.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 7:20 PM
Loren Kohlhorst - Wixom, MI

Very good as always Tom. We watched you way back (Northern Experience). We would like to go there. Keep up the good job Tom & crew. Been to other places you have had on over the years.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 7:18 PM
Ike Iacobelli - Shelby Twp., MI

Great to see someplace that's within one tank of gas that I can go to for hiking, backpacking, and camping.  This Rifle River Area looks promising.  I only knew of the canoeing aspect of this area before viewing the show, having canoed this river several times 20-30 years ago. You really put together a great show that shows all the facilities and oppotunities that are available to use and appreciate.  Thanks for a "GENUINE" Michigan Outdoors show that is for those of us that choose to experience and appreciate nature in a soft path way other than with guns and hunting and killing animals. The "NO MOTORS" on the lakes up there is very cool.  I'm always looking for great places to go hiking here in Michigan!.  Great job guys! Thanks
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 7:01 PM
Ray Stadler - Greenbush, MI

Very beautiful area. We live not too far away and plan on a fall color tour on our Harley soon!Thanks for showing this pretty place.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 7:03 PM
Gary Hummel - Carson City, MI

I never knew that the Rifle River area was such a great getaway place. Now that I have seen it on your show I am going to check it out on the next nice weekend we have. Thank you so much.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 7:21 PM
Marsha Tappen - Casco, MI

I enjoyed the show on the Rifle River campground so much that my husband and I said we'd like to plan to visit next year. I remember my parents taking us to the swinging bridge as a youngster, good memories! Thank you for all the facinating and fun places you cover. It's nice to see all of them even if we're not able to visit them all. Michigan is such a beautiful state.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 7:30 PM
Jackie Parko - West Bloomfield, MI

This week's show was informative and comprehensive of what The Rifle River Recreation Area has to offer. We love to hike, camp, fish and kayak and have camped in 19 different Michigan State Parks. Your programs not only give us usable information but the spirit and feelings of what enjoying the great outdoors is all about. I want to share your program with a fellow camper who is recouping. Thank you.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 7:47 PM
William Musham - Trenton, MI

Outstanding! Great job in showing the true beauty of the State of Michigan.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 8:43 PM
Brad Anderson-Smith - Memphis, MI

We like your show very much, my wife and I are always looking for new places to go and your show helps us do that. Thank you.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 9:55 PM
Paul Messing - Sterling Heights, MI

The show covered nicely what Rifle River Rec Area has to offer. I steward the Michigan Nature Association Lost Lake Nature Sanctuary, and I am delighted to see such a large area located right next door dedicated to providing a pristine outdoor experience. A big take-away was that Rifle River Rec Area does not allow motor boats. The people in the show, like the people I have met there, seem to enjoy the genuine, rustic, natural experience that Rifle River can provide.
Thursday, October 04, 2012 7:32 PM
Lou Scherzer - Frankenmuth, MI

I just loved it!  You took me back to the early 1980's when I was a counselor at Camp Lu Lay Lea on Henderson Lake, and we took the campers on a 21 mile canoe trip on the Rifle River with the connecting lakes of Devoe and Grosehaven.  We slept "under the stars" in our sleeping bags in the Rifle River Recreation Park.  It was so much fun and such a happy memory for me.
Thursday, October 04, 2012 7:56 PM
Erik Visser - Grand Rapids, MI

Great show!  I had never heard of the Rifle River Recreation Area.  Your show made me want to visit to camp and kayak.  Thanks for the  great show!
Thursday, October 04, 2012 8:03 PM
Dave Spencer - Belmont, MI

I have just started watching the show this fall. I'm really enjoying your program. I am excited to travel and see the great places in our state, and your guidance is surely helpful. You have shown me things I did not even know about. Keep up the great work... a great show for us Michiganders and those outside the state as well.
Saturday, October 06, 2012 11:47 AM
Charlie Lundgren - Waterford, MI

The show was just great! we have a cabin by West Branch and I never new that all that stuff was there.
Saturday, October 06, 2012 3:42 PM
R W Anderson - Elkhart, IN

Great, have paddled many of the streams in the western LP (in my younger days) but have not been on the AuSable. Familiar with the East Tawas area but never made it up to Oscoda so close but will now.
Sunday, October 07, 2012 12:00 PM
Phyllis Green - Fennville, MI

For years I'd had a gift, from some of the folks in Mid-Michigan, of the Mackinaw Bridge, etched in Gold. It is numbered. I love and cherish it very much. I use to travel Michigan for my job in healthcare. I looked and took photos with the assistance of the many agencies I worked with on my project. My grandson, age 12, asked us to take him to see this bridge, after asking me if it was a real place. So for 3 years we waited until he would want to travel alone with the "grands," he now wants to go to some of the other places I have photos of. I didn't have many of the beautiful photo shots you got on video. Living in lower Michigan I know what I saw. But now my grandson can get excited about our trip with the things you all viewed and tried. My photos of picture rock are nothing like your show's photos of the falls. I am not a professional like you are but I love what you do. I look forward to seeing you up north soon.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 8:24 PM
Brenda Gardner - Clare, MI

Loved the show!! We live in Clare, so this trip is a short one for us. We never knew there was so much to do in the West Branch area.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 9:44 PM
William Schaible Sr. - Canton, MI

I have been in West Branch on and off for 25 years and have not seen some of the things you showed on your program. I am interested in finding more about them.
Thursday, October 11, 2012 8:31 AM
Debra Smith - Chase, MI

From what we could watch it was very beautiful.  We have Dish and their signal was weak so we didn't get to see it all.  What we did see has sparked an interest for us to go camping up in that area since we do a lot of kayaking and camping. We look forward to watching more great adventures.. Thanks!
Saturday, October 13, 2012 11:34 AM
Kim Holden - Amherstburg, ON

This was the first time that I watched your show and I absolutely loved it. My husband and I are always looking for road trips. This will be the perfect surpise for him. Thank You. I can't wait for your next episode.
Saturday, October 13, 2012 3:36 PM
Brad Overmyer - Michigan Center, MI

Great show. It made me want to get on my bike.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 11:22 AM
Gary Hummel - Carson City, MI

There's always something new to see. I have lived in Michigan all my life but never knew of a lot of the places you go. Thank you.
Thursday, October 18, 2012 6:48 PM
Nathan Crossno - Wyoming, MI

A great glimpse of the Upper Peninsula's beauty, nicely done.
Thursday, October 18, 2012 8:03 PM
John Taylor - Grand Rapids, MI

I thought it was great.  Reminded me of my many trips to the U.P.
Saturday, October 20, 2012 11:00 AM
Karen Henschel - Roseville, MI

I think this week's show was awesome. I watch every week and can not believe all Michigan has to offer for beautiful vacations. I have lived in Michigan my whole life and there is much to discover.
Saturday, October 20, 2012 10:59 AM
Peggy Gates - Mt. Pleasant, MI

Very interesting. We have visited some of the places you showed but would like to see them all. We love camping and traveling in the U.P.
Saturday, October 20, 2012 11:03 AM
Dean A. - Kincheloe, MI

We thought it was awesome. We have just completed restoring our 1959 Vintage Camper, and have decided to spend 2 weeks in the Upper Peninsula, following today's show, for our first vacation in 2013.
Saturday, October 20, 2012 1:51 PM
David  Burley - Allen Park, MI

Love the diversity of the different places you went to. I love the area and I am thinking of taking another trip up there real soon.
Saturday, October 20, 2012 3:30 PM
Denise Glynn - Davison, MI

We are planning to take this trip next summer in our motorhome....we were really glad we saw your show because there where several stops we did not know about...Thank you!
Sunday, October 21, 2012 11:16 AM
Linda Walker - Mattawan, MI

This show was fantastic!  We are thinking about visiting the U.P. next summer and I love all the highlights you presented here. Thanks for a nice production.
Sunday, October 21, 2012 11:18 AM
Tom VanDyken - Hudsonville, MI

Wonderful show! I have never even heard of some of those places. I enjoy the same places you do. Beautiful, quiet places to walk.
Sunday, October 21, 2012 4:21 PM
Jeffrey Sisson - Kentwood, MI

This show was very informative, as we have camped at Indian Lake SP, and didn't realize there was all the things you had on the show to do in the area.  Will do more exploring of the area next time we're up there.
Monday, October 22, 2012 1:14 PM
Diane Braykovich - Walled Lake, MI

I loved it. My son is attending Michigan Tech and I thought this would be a fun thing for us to do on one of my trips up there. It's the first time that I watched the show and I really enjoyed it. Kudos to you for doing this, it's wonderful :)
Monday, October 22, 2012 4:06 PM
Joel Cook - Fennville, MI

I was born in Manistique and you showed me things that I did not know about. I would like to take my children and grand children back to Manistique and show them around.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 5:59 AM
Mary Ketchum - Corunna, MI

Love the show about Schoolcraft County! I was unaware about the horse trail and the fishing lake-this area sounds like something our family could really enjoy!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 9:46 AM
Sue Lentner - Peck, MI

Love all the shows, very informative and we want to travel to each and every beautiful spot!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 7:02 PM
Walt Aring - Empire, MI

This show was great. My wife has never traveled thru the U.P. and it helped me to get her interest up for a summer weekend trip. I was a local in that area for a couple years and would love to return again to see the changes. Thanks for the interesting show. We will keeping watching and have bookmarked your website.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 7:04 PM
Judy Chizmadia - Otisville , MI

I love the U.P. There are so many wonderful places to explore that are totally unlike the lower Pennisula. It's absolutly amazing in all four seasons. Thanks for venturing out into Michigan's Upper Pennisula.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 7:00 PM
Marcia Reiser - Livonia, MI

The Circle Tour was great. I hope to camp at some of the sites next summer. Thanks for a great program.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 7:56 PM
Don Meiner - Irons, MI

My wife and I both enjoyed the program and we are planing a trip for next fall. Keep up the great work.
Thursday, October 25, 2012 11:49 AM
Richard Koppelberger - Wayne, MI

It was excellent and created a real interest on our part to visit this area "sooner rather than later".
Saturday, October 27, 2012 11:28 AM
Sarah Oliver - Cobourg, ON

We enjoyed hearing and seeing about an area that we have heard about and wondered about hiking.  Your program has us wanting to know more and how to approach it.
Sunday, October 28, 2012 10:25 PM
Stephen Wieszczecinski - Bay City, MI

I enjoyed the show, it's like being out on the trail and enjoying the outdoors. I didn't realize how beautiful the view can be while doing some hiking in our beautiful state of Michigan.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 7:41 PM
Colleen Gregory - Rodney, MI

This looks like a great hiking trip. Really like the idea of hiking from Bed and Breakfast to Bed and Breakfast. Thanks for the show!!

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