The Lake Huron shore here at P.H.Hoeft State Park looks remarkably like the Gulf shore in Pinellas did years ago. But when we engage other senses, there are significant differences. First is the absence of the saltwater smell, and then there’s the distinct temperature difference!  Unlike the Gulf which is often as warm as bath water, this is chilly as one of the mountain streams at Tween Creeks. We enjoyed wading but only up to our ankles. Perhaps at midday when it’s warm and sunny, a swim would be refreshing but right now it’d be a much too chilly prospect! Another stark difference is the pebbles along the shore instead of seashells! A most refreshing experience for these Gulfcoast Kids!




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Arctic Circle Ceremony

Arctic Circle Ceremony

After a few days of exploration in the realm of the Arctic Circle, we aboard the Jewel of the Seas celebrated with a Blue Nose Ceremony and will receive Arctic Crossing Certificates!

Magerøya Island

Magerøya Island

We made it to the Top of the World, or at least the northernmost land mass in Europe, Magerøya Island. On our coach tour we learned much about the natural history and the cultures of this starkly beautiful place.