August Kayaking at Pictured Rock (upper penninsula)

I heard that Pictured Rock Michigan is one of the most beautiful places in the world. This is arguably the most beautiful shoreline in the United States, with crystal clear water in the largest freshwater lake in the world. Sandstone cliffs of beautiful reddish and orange hues rise vertically out of the shoreline nearly 200 ft. It is one of my places i have to visit before I die.

 

 

I booked a lodge for 3 nights to kayak and hike in the area. The cabin has 1 queen bed, 1 full bed, 1 pull out full bed, 15 twins beds and 2 couch. It also has a new hot tub with living room and kitchen.

The dates I booked were  
July 4(thurs) to July 7(sun)  
& Aug 15(thus) to Aug 18(sun)

 

For a group of 20, I negotiated down the price of the cabin with hot tub for 3 nights to around $97. (i.e. around $33/night). For the kayak trip, i negotiated with a company called Northern Waters for full day's use of kayaks and equipment to $95 per person. After gas and food which I figure to be another $60... i estimate it will be a total of around $300 for this trip. If there is enough of an interest of 20 people at these prices, I would love to adventure up with you for the summer.

 

 

 

For Friday, we will be doing the hiking trip on the Chapel  loop trail. The link for the trail is http://www.uptrails.com/ChapelBasin.cfm

 

For Saturday, we will be doing the kayaking trip with Northern Waters. The links for the kayak trip http://www.northernwaters.com/daytrips.htm

The Itinerary of the kayaking trip is as follows:

 

9:00 am  -  Meeting  & Outfitting

10:00 am  -  Caravan to Lake 
10:45 am  -  Training session 
11:30 am  -  Paddle

1:00 pm  -  Lunch 
2:00 pm  -  Paddle 
4:00 pm  -  Load kayaks

4:30 pm -5:30pm -  Good byes

 

 

The list of items required for trip is the following

· Lunch, snack, & drink

· Rain jacket

· Water shoes, sandals, or tennis shoes

· Billed hat or visor

· Shorts or swimsuit & T-shirt

· LS shirt, jacket & socks (if cold)

· Water - 2 full 16 oz water bottles)

· Sunglasses *

· Strap for glasses *

· Sunscreen & repellent *

· Camera & extra film *

· Backpacks for hiking

* Can purchase at Northern Waters

 

***************************************

To reserve a spot, please pay by Amazon payments through this site

The cost of the bed for 3 nights and kayaks is as follows

For shared queen bed - $192 USD ($97 for bed, $95 for kayaks)

For shared full bed$190 USD ($95 for bed, $95 for kayaks)

For individual twin bed$190 USD ($95 for bed, $95 for kayaks)

For couch$155 USD ($60 for couch, $95 for kayak)

 

Since there is no way to set up the payment so you can choose how much you pay,

I ask you make a pay $195 through amazon payments

and I'll reimburse $40 if you chose a couch when we meet together before the trip.

 

There is no refund after you have reserved a spot in the trip.


 

NOTE: Please check bed availability in the bottom google doc 1st before paying to make sure bed is available.

 

After you've paid, please enter your name in the bed you wish to reserve for the trip in the following google doc to let others know the bed is reserved. (*PLEASE PAY 1ST BEFORE RESERVING BED)

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArZZsFLLl1aNdGlFb1BQdkJGTEZDUk1BNkxTNE5tUmc#gid=0

 

 

 

The beds will be reserved on a first come first serve basis.

Please do not delete other people's names once it is reserved.

If you wish to make a comment regarding the beds, please leave note in the google doc and I will do my best to accomodate.

If you have any questions,

please contact me at [masked]

or email me at [masked].

 

Aside: This event is also being hosted by Ann Arbors Adventure club. If you wish to pay by Paypal rather than Amazon payments please visit the site in Ann Arbors Adventures Club in the following

http://www.meetup.com/a2adventurers/events/110839072/

 

If you like to join us in the July trip, the link is as follows

http://www.meetup.com/MI-adventurers/events/120456062/

 

NOTE: To clarify, only people who paid will be in the RSVP list. Everyone else will be in the not attending list until they have paid and reserved a bed for the trip.

 

 

<Update on Kayaks Rentals>

1) Renting Kayak/ equipment for full day guided tour - $95

(I negotiated with Northern Waters to keep the discounted price

for renting Kayaks for us even if we don’t have 20 people)

 

2) If you bring own kayaks, it’s $20 off the tour - i.e. $75

- IMPORTANT:  if you bring your own kayaks for the guided tour, it must be

1) minimum of 15 feet long,

2) have front and back sealed hatches and bulkheads

that can keep water from flooding the ends of the kayak during a capsize.

3) “sit –in” (not sit on top) cockpit,

4) spray skirt & rim opening about 18” x 32”,

5) foot-controlled rudder or retractable skeg.

- You must also have wind and wave experience in their kayak.

NOTE:  The shorter 8 to 14 foot recreational kayaks are NOT ALLOWED for the guided tour

as they are unsafe, very slow and hard to steer straight if the winds and waves pick up.

Missing the requirements set above will result in prevention of using your Kayak with the guided tour.

If anyone has any further questions regarding kayak requirements, please contact

Carl at [masked] or[masked]-2323.

 

!!! Update (July8/13): After talking to the landlord, I got permission to put tents in the backyard for those interested in bringing their own tents and sleeping bags.  The cost for the campsite for 3 days will be $40 (i.e. $13/night) and you will still have access to the kitchen, hot tub, and bathroom.  With the kayaks for the day ($95) the total will be ($40 + $95) = $135. For those interested in the campsite option, there are 5 opening shown on the google doc. If you signed up by amazon payments and paid $195, we will refund you $60.

 

!!! IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING KAYAKING (Aug5/13) ... Must Read

1) Kayaking has been moved to Friday because that will give us an extra day opportunity to kayak on Saturday in case weather conditions turns for the worst.

 

2) On Friday, the group will be divided into starting at 9am and 10am. Each of the 9am and 10am group will have 4 solos each and rest tandems. If you have a strong preference for solos, you can do solos for half of the trip and tandems for other half of the trip.
That way everyone who wants to solo kayak will have a chance.

 

3) Please call Norther Waters at (906)[masked] to give your name, height and weight so they can get your supplies ready for your arrival on Friday.

 

Thanks

 

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  • Michael

    Thank you Jae, you planned a exciting adventure. I was great to share the beauty of picture rock with this fun gang. Posted pictures with lots of group shot. Will post a link when I get it finished

    August 21, 2013

  • Jim S

    it was even better than i could have hoped for

    2 · August 20, 2013

  • Mike

    Thanks to Jaesung and everyone for such a fun and organized trip. I have posted many of my best pictures from Friday & Saturday but there's more to come in a few days.

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • Lauren

    It was a fantastic and well-organized trip. Great folks and activities!

    August 19, 2013

  • Kristy C.

    Awesome, awesome, awesome trip. Thanks so much for organizing, Jae. And thanks to everyone for being so fun and friendly. Truly a great time!!

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Herb H.

    I loved this trip! It was a wonderful experience with a great group of people. It was great meeting them and making new friends. The folks at Northern waters did a wonderful job of making this a great time! Would highly recommend them.

    August 18, 2013

  • Jaesung Edward L.

    Well the weather forecast looks awesome for Munising. Wish everyone safe in their travel and hope to see you all in the cabin. :) If any issues, just post it in the website. I will check it daily. Since I won't have cell phone reception, please email me at [masked] if you run into any issues.

    August 14, 2013

  • Kevin M.

    I'm currently looking to carpool, if anyone has an available spot please let me know. Thank you

    August 12, 2013

    • Herb H.

      Hey kevin, give me a call at[masked] if you want to carpool, herb

      August 13, 2013

    • Kevin M.

      i was able to find ride, thank you though

      August 14, 2013

  • Jaesung Edward L.

    BED AVAILABLE: I know this is very last minute, but another member named John has gotten injured and doesn't think he can make it to the trip. Is there anyone who might be interested in buying the twin bed spot from for the kayaking trip so he will not be down $190? If so, please give him a call at[masked]

    August 13, 2013

  • Herb H.

    Yes< I am willing to drive and have room. Call me at[masked]

    August 13, 2013

  • Jaesung Edward L.

    URGENT!!! One of the members as gotten into an accident and can no longer provide rides to 2 of our other members. Would anyone be able to share a carpool with the following members:
    1) Dhirender (Ann Arbor)
    2) Kevin Murillo (Ann Arbor)

    August 12, 2013

  • Jaesung Edward L.

    URGENT!!! Currently there is 3 people who say they need rides but could not find it.
    1) Mike Smith (Farmington Hills)
    2) Angela (Westland)
    3) Vivette (Troy)

    Is anyone available to give rides... your help will be greatly appreciated.

    August 4, 2013

    • Angela

      My spot has been filled

      August 10, 2013

    • Mike

      I am riding with Julia.

      August 12, 2013

  • Jeanaiah

    Hopefully next time

    August 12, 2013

  • Angela

    Jaesung as a remind Sarah Olsen has taken my spot, I sent her a message to contact you. If you don't hear from her I will send her your phone number to contact you. Thanks again!

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would anyone like my spot on the trip? I don't think I can make it that weekend. Please let me know. Thanks.

    July 25, 2013

    • Angela

      One of you please email me...I think I might have to let go of my spot. I just got a phone call from a family member about a death in the family and might have to leave the state next week!!!

      August 9, 2013

    • Herb H.

      Is your spot still available?

      August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a carpool available Thursday? Are people planning on leaving after work?

    May 10, 2013

    • THAYS

      Leandro, sorry just noticed your reply. My number is[masked] 0239. We can keep in touch for details. Thanks

      August 4, 2013

    • Herb H.

      Hi, is there any chance of joining the car pool?

      August 10, 2013

  • Angela

    I have sent several messages out...But I am looking for someone who would like my spot. I have a family emergency and won't be able to make it. Please contact me or Jaesung...you can message me and I will send you my phone number so we can talk. Thanks!

    August 9, 2013

  • Angela

    Jaesung, I wasn't able to attend the meetings, but could you for the sake of everyone tell us how the food/fridge situation worked out for your last group? I have some special dietary needs/allergies so I'm hoping to get an understanding how it worked for your last group. I plan on bringing stuff anyway but would like some input from you!! Thanks!! :)

    August 8, 2013

  • Jaesung Edward L.

    !!! IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING KAYAKING (Aug5/13) ... Must Read

    1) Kayaking has been moved to Friday because that will give us an extra day opportunity to kayak on Saturday in case weather conditions turns for the worst.

    2) On Friday, the group will be divided into starting at 9am and 10am. Each of the 9am and 10am group will have 4 solos each and rest tandems. If you have a strong preference for solos, you can do solos for half of the trip and tandems for other half of the trip.
    That way everyone who wants to solo kayak will have a chance.

    3) Please call Norther Waters at (906)[masked] to give your name, height and weight so they can get your supplies ready for your arrival on Friday.

    August 6, 2013

    • Kevin M.

      I made a reservation

      August 6, 2013

  • Jaesung Edward L.

    IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING KAYAKING .. Must Read

    1) Kayaking has been moved to Friday because that will give us an extra day opportunity to kayak on Saturday in case weather conditions turns for the worst.

    2) On Friday, the group will be divided into starting at 9am and 10am. Each of the 9am and 10am group will have 4 solos each and rest tandems. If you have a strong preference for solos, you can do solos for half of the trip and tandems for other half of the trip.
    That way everyone who wants to solo kayak will have a chance.

    3) Please call Norther Waters at (906)[masked] to give your name, height and weight so they can get your supplies ready for your arrival on Friday.

    Thanks

    August 5, 2013

    • Angela

      I"m confused does this mean we have to kayak tandem? Do they not have enough kayaks in general for solo kayakers?

      August 5, 2013

  • Angela

    Jaesung. Do you have more details directions? I attempted to Google the Lodge address and it was not registering. I can pretty much figure it out once I get into that area, but for clarity of WHERE it is exactly.

    Google maps didn't recognize the address just "Olsen" road, However, Mapquest seems to recognize the address. Perhaps to avoid people getting lost could you provide directions based solely form when someone reaches Shingleton?

    August 5, 2013

    • Jaesung Edward L.

      Hey Angela. The address will show up in google maps if you use "N6941 Olson Road, Shingleton,mi" the one i have on up there wrote "Singleton,mi"­ twice... thus not registering with google. I will fix it now :)

      August 5, 2013

  • Kevin M.

    I was wondering if anyone is thinking of leaving early on thursday. I would like to carpool, let me know. Thank you

    August 4, 2013

    • Jaesung Edward L.

      Hey Kevin. Currently there is Chris [masked]) and Dhirender [masked]) who is travelling in a Yaris from Ann Arbor. They did say they can fit 1 more person in the car. Can you call them to see if they can give you a ride?

      August 4, 2013

  • Angela

    Is any one leaving early Thursday? I took the whole day off from work but not sure when the cabin will be available. Guess I'll direct this to Jaesung ?

    July 26, 2013

    • Jaesung Edward L.

      The cabin is available after 11am on Thursday.

      1 · July 26, 2013

    • THAYS

      I Also would like to carpool leaving early on thursday. Let me know.

      August 4, 2013

  • Michelle

    I know the trip is full, but I was wondering if there is any sort of waiting list, should a spot open up? If anyone cannot go and needs to back out, please contact me and I could take your spot. If not, I probably will go on the other trip that weekend. This looks like an amazing trip, have a great time. Thanks.

    August 1, 2013

  • Jaesung Edward L.

    Hey guys. I just wanted to let everyone know that unless you have Verizon... all cell phone reception will be lost as we enter the UP. AT&T has some signal but very weak. Can you guys send me your contact information so I can call you to make sure everything is okay in reaching the cabin. I will be doing a headcount before I cross the bridge by phone to make sure everyone is accounted for. My email is [masked] or text me at[masked]-7563. Or if you are okay with it, please post it int he comment section. Thanks.

    July 30, 2013

  • Jaesung Edward L.

    It is only a few weeks till our Kayak trip to Pictured Rocks and we still didn’t have a pre-meetup yet.
    I think it is a good idea if we meet at least once before the trip so everyone can get to know each other and decide how we can carpool up north.
    However, the members are spread from as far east as East Lansing and all the way west as Port Huron. :S
    For people in Metro Detroit, I was thinking we have 2 pre-meet…
    one in Ann Arbor for the south people in Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor /Belleville/ Detroit…
    and the other in the Farmington area for those living farther up north (e.g. South Lyon, Plymouth, Westland, Farmington Hill, Farmington)

    For the people living outside the Metro Detroit area (e.g. East Lansing, Brooklyn, Port Huron), they can join in through skype to either of the meetings.

    July 25, 2013

    • Jaesung Edward L.

      Since most people finish work at 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, I was thinking of starting the pre-meetup next weekend at 9p at a 24hour coffee/donut shop with wi-fi connection. That way, we can skype with the other members as well. The only 24 hours places I know so far are Starbucks and Arborland and Tim Hortons in Farmington Hills, so that was my 1st pick so far. If you have any of better venues, I am all for it.
      I know 2 of the people in the meetup are getting married so I’ll fill them in either at the wedding or the week after or meetup. The meetup event for the South group in Ann Arbor is the following
      http://www.meetup.com...­

      The meetup event for the North group in Farmington Hills is the following
      http://www.meetup.com...­

      Let me know in the comments if you can make it.

      July 25, 2013

  • Jaesung Edward L.

    Hey guys. In order to get a good pre meeting location. can you guys all tell me where you are from.

    July 14, 2013

    • Dianna P.

      Port Huron

      July 20, 2013

    • leandro m.

      detroit

      July 24, 2013

  • leandro m.

    Hi, i Just payed, but i have no idea what kind of accommodation is available. I can Sleep anywhere just please let me know if i have to bring my tent.
    Thanks

    July 23, 2013

    • Jaesung Edward L.

      Hey Leandro... yes.. you go the last tent campsite so we owe you $60. For the campsite, you need to bring your own tent and tarp.

      July 23, 2013

    • leandro m.

      perfect, thanks Jaesung

      July 24, 2013

  • Kevin M.

    Hi, I would like to attend this event but unfortunately no single beds are available. I notice that a Shared pull out is available, could I just pay the 190 or do I have to pay full price for the bed. I live in Ann Arbor. Thanks

    July 19, 2013

    • Jaesung Edward L.

      Hey Kevin. There is a person named Rob in the Ann Arbor Adventure club (AAAC) that is thinking of leaving. Can you try talking to him first for the single bed. His is currently the latest comment in the AAAC site. Here is the site. http://www.meetup.com...­

      July 20, 2013

  • Jaesung Edward L.

    Update (July8/13): After talking to the landlord, I got permission to put tents in the backyard for those interested in bringing their own tents and sleeping bags. The cost for the campsite for 3 days will be $40 (i.e. $13/night) and you will still have access to the kitchen, hot tub, and bathroom. With the kayaks for the day ($95) the total will be ($40 + $95) = $135. For those interested in the campsite option, there are 5 opening shown on the google doc. If you signed up by amazon payments and paid $195, we will refund you $60.

    July 8, 2013

    • Jaesung Edward L.

      Yep there is still 1 more spot for a campspot available

      July 14, 2013

    • Jaesung Edward L.

      It is $40 per person....

      July 15, 2013

  • Angela

    I have two friends who are interested in going. I see the google doc said two shared beds were still open as was a camping site...can anyone tell me if this is correct...theyd sign up asasp if it is. Please let me know! :)

    July 14, 2013

  • Michael

    Has a few dates been picked to set up a pre-meeting gather yet ?

    July 13, 2013

  • THAYS

    I am interested in carpooling with anyone.

    July 12, 2013

  • THAYS

    Hi Jaesung, I would like to get a refund for the shared full bed. Do you have people still willing to buy spots? My 2 friends are not able to make the trip.

    July 8, 2013

    • Jaesung Edward L.

      Hey Thay. I issued the refund for the 2 friends that cannot make it.

      July 8, 2013

  • Deborah

    Is there a wait list for this August date?

    June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yay, I'm so excited for this trip!! I've never been to Pictured Rock, but have heard so much about it! I have an older car that I'd be nervous to take on such a long trip. I would love to carpool...I live in Plymouth, but could meet up elsewhere.

    1 · May 31, 2013

    • Angela

      Micaela I'm also in Westland so we are close by and I'd be interested in car pooling.

      June 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh yay, we're definitely close! Jaesung is going to organize a pre-meetup group before the trip in July where we'll make plans for the carpooling...we'll figure it out. Have a great day Angela!= )

      June 17, 2013

  • Angela

    Just a quick question...I just looked at the AAAC and noticed there was about 20 ppl on that list too? So is there going to be enough bedding? are there going to be around 40 of us? I'm a little confused there.. lol

    June 13, 2013

    • Jaesung Edward L.

      No... people on the AAAC are the same ppl on the MAC. Just putting the event on 2 sites so there will be enough for the trip.

      June 13, 2013

    • Jaesung Edward L.

      In total, the number on the AAAC and MAC should be the same.

      June 13, 2013

  • Angela

    OK...whats left and available?? Is there anyone who would want to car pool...and I'd be happy to share the expense?

    June 13, 2013

  • Dianna P.

    I decided I will be ready to kayak for this trip! Looks like a great adventure. Already paid the fee and reserved a bed. See you all there.

    May 26, 2013

    • Jaesung Edward L.

      glad to have you Dianna. Hope to see you once we schedule our pre-meetup.

      May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry but I have to cxl my reservation. It's for a great reason tho. I'm moving back to Maine! I lived there for 20 yrs and know the kayaking around the 350 islands in Casco Bay is spectacular. You should plan a trip there! How do I get my refund? Thx a lot!

    May 26, 2013

    • Jaesung Edward L.

      Hey Joan. I won't b back to my place till late tonight. I'll do my best to respond as soon as I get to my computer... currently typing on a a tablet.

      May 26, 2013

    • Jaesung Edward L.

      Hey Joan. I issued the full refund on Paypal and removed your name from the bed reservations. Please email me to confirm you received the full refund or call me at[masked] if there is any issues.

      May 26, 2013

  • Dianna P.

    I'd love to join this event but, I haven't learned to kayak yet. I've been canoeing many times and want to learn to kayak. If I take some lessons in June or July will I be ok for the August trip?

    May 26, 2013

  • Jaesung Edward L.

    For those who want to bring their own Kayaks, you will save $20 from the guided trip ($95 - $20 = $75). But it is absolutely imperative that you follow the guidelines as listed in the descriptions above for bringing own kayaks for the trip. Otherwise you would be denied the right to use the kayaks for the guided tour with us d/t safety issues.

    May 21, 2013

  • Jaesung Edward L.

    Update (May21/13) - Good news guys! I managed to negotiate with the kayaking company (Northern Waters) and Cherry Hill Lodge to keep the discounted price for us even if we don't have 20 people in July. Thus the event will not be cancelled dependent upon the July attendance and will take place as scheduled in Aug. :)

    May 21, 2013

  • Ashwin H.

    I know this is way too early, but does anyone else here live near Lansing? If not, can someone departing from A2 give me a ride? I live in Okemos....

    May 15, 2013

    • Kristy C.

      I live in East Lansing and would be happy to give you and others a ride. We can coordinate when it gets closer.

      May 15, 2013

    • Cheryl

      So do I, I would love to drive/carpool. Thank-yoU!

      May 15, 2013

  • Jim S

    and you have money from 11 people for this one. what are the chances that most people from one of them will be willing to go to the other instead? and i'm still not sure when one works out best for me.

    May 12, 2013

    • Ashwin H.

      I too cannot do July.

      May 13, 2013

    • Jaesung Edward L.

      (@Cheryl) All the money will be refunded if we don't have at least 20 ppl in July. Although we won't get the discounted price, I will repost it with the undiscounted kayak price ($125). If this is the case, you can bring your own kayaks and only need to pay for your bed. Hopefully, we can have enough people interested even without the discounted price.

      May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to carpool but most likely meeting you up abou 1/2 way in Boyne area. Ill be on Lake Charlevoix before and after. Hoping this can work out.

    May 13, 2013

  • Kelly

    Jaesong-am I included in your plus 4 for August pictured rocks now that you have two separate meet ups for both trips? Just wanted to make sure

    April 21, 2013

  • Warren P.

    What if you want to bring your own kayak would that knock the price down?

    April 20, 2013

    • Jaesung Edward L.

      The group discount only works if everyone is okay with the price mentioned above which includes kayaks. If we have a full group of 20 for July and Aug (i.e. total 40 ppl) and there is more space afterwards in the cabin, we maybe able to negotiate bringing our own kayaks for the additional people joined since the original deal with the kayak company was to have 20 people in august and 20 in July for the group to have discount. I will post that option as soon as I know there is 40 people (July and August combined).

      April 20, 2013

  • Jess

    I paid, then added my name to the Google Doc, and it was erased. What happened?

    April 20, 2013

    • Jaesung Edward L.

      I dunno who erased it... it happened when I was at work. I put you back in the list. Someone is breaking the honor system here... hmmm... I'll make sure to add who paid on a daily basis so that it will be accurate.

      April 20, 2013

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