Drive an hour from St. Ignace, to the very eastern corner of the Upper Peninsula, onto the Drummond Islander IV in De Tour Village, and land in paradise.
Paradise with nobody in it.
Paradise with cool abandoned stuff.
Paradise with lots of trees & wildflowers.
Ferry passage for a car and the driver is only $14. It was shocking how much stuff they put on that boat – cars towing boats, fifth-wheel campers, I even saw a semi towing a huge excavator waiting to board. I spent two nights at the semi-rustic Township Park campground, a spot with electricity is $16/night. The first night I couldn’t sleep, so I laid awake listening to loons call. Bring a canoe or kayak if you’ve got one, there’s all sorts of little outlying islands, including Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge. There’s also plenty of hiking and four-wheeling trails. A lot of roads on the map unfortunately are signed as private roads, so I couldn’t explore as much as I wanted to :(. There’s no shortage of services here, the main intersection in town has a grocery store, hardware store, and dry goods shop that all seem to be owned by the same family, and there’s plenty of restaurants, hotels, and campgrounds. I think the gas station had as wide a variety as our grocery store here on Mackinac.