I grew up in the Michigan, sailing on Torch Lake, one of the most beautiful places in the country. Getting "up north" on the weekends, a popular activity in the midwest, led me to get my pilot's license, which factors in later.
The Gerrity family cottage built by my grandfather in the late 50s continues to be a hub of social activity. In fact, in Bellaire Michigan it is possible to order a "Gerrity" at a couple local bars. Hit me on @d_gerrity if you want the recipe. See http://goo.gl/hqWenG
if you love maps like I do.