Travels With Bowie & D.O.G.: Michigan’s Upper Peninsula!

In the past six years, my dogs and I have seen a lot of this country. I take a lot of photos when I travel and my favorites are usually the shots with my border collie mixes Bowie and Dio (short for D.O.G.). Without the dogs, it’s just a pretty picture, but with them  it’s a place I’ve been, a place I know and love. From time to time I’ll post some of my favorite photos on here from my travels with Bowie and D.O.G. Today: Michigan’s UP!

Michigan is one of those states I never thought much about until I spent a summer living in Ann Arbor and discovered it’s an amazing place! The week-long trip I took up to the Upper Peninsula to research a Travels in Geology column for EARTH magazine remains one of my all time favorite regional road trips. The UP, especially the Shipwreck Coast of Lake Superior and the Porcupine Mountains, ranks among the wildest places in the lower 48. It’s certainly one of the most beautiful…

Canyon River D.O.G.

Lake Superior Dogs, Shipwreck Coast

Tahquamenon Falls Bowie

Porcupine Mountains Creek Crossing

Superior D.O.G., Porcupine Coast

Lake Superior Self Portrait

Click here to see Travels with Bowie & D.O.G.: Great Lakes!

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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8 Responses to Travels With Bowie & D.O.G.: Michigan’s Upper Peninsula!

  1. seekraz says:

    I’m beginning to feel like a broken record with the comments…but wow…what beautiful pictures again! What a joy it must have been to actually be there stream and lake-side. Thank you. 🙂

  2. You’re welcome! The Porcupine Mountains should be on every backpacker’s wish list! Someday I’ll get back there for a longer trek. Those campsites on the shores of Lake Superior are amazing. And the park rents cabins- perfect for winter snowshoeing trips!

  3. seekraz says:

    Well if I ever find myself in Michigan, I’ll certainly have to get out there…until then, though, I’ll enjoy it vicariously through your wonderful pictures. 😉

  4. Well, now I must go there! Thanks for the great shots. I love that you take your dogs with you. And putting them in the pictures really gives a great perspective of how big and vast these places are! Thanks for taking us along too 🙂

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