Being an artist myself, I was really impressed with the way the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort has decorated the interior space with authentic Native Indian pieces from local artists. I was especially impressed with the art by an artist named Daniel Ramirez, who has two wonderful paintings displayed in the main lobby of the hotel.
Have a walk through the hotel and don't forget to go up the circular stairway to the second level, where even more art work is displayed. You don't have to be a guest in the hotel to look at the art work. There is also a shop in the hotel where you can purchase local hand made pieces of art made by local Native Indians.
MOUNT PLEASANT MICHIGAN
"OUR FAVOURITE MICHIGAN GET- AWAY SPOT"
Our favourite Michigan Get-away spot is MOUNT PLEASANT. It's about a three hour drive from our house. It has a Casino for Hansi and shopping for Lori - Walmart - Target - Meier & K-Mart. WooHoo! Our routine is always the same - Drop Hans off at the Casino - Check into our Motel - Check out the shops - Meet Hans for the Monday night Seafood Buffet at Soaring Eagle Casino - Play a few video Poker slot machines and then back later in the evening at our Motel.
So, what else does Mount Pleasant have to offer?? Well, it's home to Central Michigan University. There's a Farmer's Market held every Thursday, June to October, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pavillion in Island Park. The area has 15 championship Golf courses.
The area has a rich Native American Heritage and is the site of the Chippewa Indian Reservation. It's Ziibiwing Centre is dedicated to Anishinabe Culture and includes exhibits featuring the rich culture, heritage and history of the Anishinabek People of the Great Lakes. The first weekend in August there is a "POW WOW" held at the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Reservation, featuring authentic foods, arts & crafts and traditional dancing and costumes.
Also featured in these pages, is our little side trip to Houghton Lake which is about a 45 minute drive north of Mount Pleasant. We wanted to visit Janet (Janetanne) and her parents.
"THE CHIPPEWA RIVER"
The beauty of nature can also be observed with a trip down the MIGHTY CHIPPEWA RIVER. Whether by canoe, kayak or tube, the Chippewa River winds its way through Isabella County offering a year-round opportunity to view wildlife, do a little fishing or just relax while the river carries you away.
The accompanying picture was taken from a bridge over the Chippewa River, near Island Park in Mount Pleasant.
Michigan's largest inland Lake HOUGHTON LAKE is located in South Roscommon County just northeast of the intersection of US- 27 and M - 55. The town is quite touristy as it is a popular summer vacation destination, with lots of Indian Craft shops, great restaurants and an abundance of hotel/motels & cottages to rent. Janet and I had fun at the grounds of Zubler's Indian Crafts where we took pictures at the "Indian Village".
The Rugged Alpine Region of Central Michigan
"One of many roadside pullouts"
Here I am at one of many scenic overlooks in the Mount Pleasant region. Sometimes while driving you just need to stop, pull over, and take five to appreciate the splendor of the countryside. (These photos were taken in the spring of 1997. At that time I was driving a 1993 Grand Am - a car I remember with fondness. It was a fun car to drive -- too bad I "rolled" it while driving across Iowa in wintertime. Black ice. Ended upside down in a ditch, wheels spinning. I crawled out without a scratch but the Grand Am was totalled. C'est la vie.)
Mount Pleasant is surrounded by a charming "foothills" region. Mountainside villagers still follow their traditional way of life! When I visited my friend Ed in 1997, he lived in that bucolic Alpine farmhouse shown in the photo. The only downside was being wakened every morning by the clatter of cowbells from the nearby pasturelands.
"On the CMU Campus"
Central Michigan University is _relatively_ central geographically in the state of Michigan. Of course, a lot of people in the Detroit area regard this as "the North." Speaking as someone who has lived in the Upper Peninsula for 13 years, I can say that for me and other yoopers Mount Pleasant and C.M.U. are definitely _not_ part of northern Michigan. Ah well, geography is relative.
Central Michigan is one of four "compasspoint" school in the state. In addition, there's Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, and my school Northern Michigan in Marquette. Oddly enough, there's no Southern Michigan University. Maybe that's what we ought to call that university in Ann Arbor.