Canoeing, hiking, fishing, sightseeing, museum tours, community service and plenty of beach activities.
Michigan’s football team has done it all on its 2022 summer trip around the state. Here’s a recap of their journey so far and photos and videos from their daily activities. The trip is slated to end July 29 before the team begins preseason camp Aug. 3.
The Wolverines spent Monday – day five of their trip – in the Traverse City area, where players climbed the Sleeping Bear Dunes for a majestic view of Lake Michigan. Players then had an opportunity to explore the area, either by foot, bike or watercraft.
“Today was pretty shocking, honestly,” offensive lineman Zak Zinter told Michigan athletics. “The view was a lot prettier than I thought it would be. The water was super blue; it reminded me of the islands. I haven’t really spent any time up here before, so I am definitely intrigued enough to come back and I want to tell my parents to come up here, too.”
On day four, the team took dune rides to tour the Silver Lake Sand Dunes before arriving in Idlewild for some service projects. It capped the day by eating dinner at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, one of the top-ranked courses in the country that sits along Lake Michigan.
The Wolverines hit the beach on Saturday at Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon. Later, players had the opportunity to tour the USS Silversides Museum or go out on the water to fish.
“We were ready for a fun day on the beach and for some lake fishing in the afternoon,” Michigan receiver/defensive back Mike Sainristil said. “The beach was great, and we had so many fans come out to meet us. When it came time to fish, we got on the boats and everyone was laughing and smiling. But then we had some big waves, and after a quick turnaround we had some guys (getting sick). Overall, it was good to spend time with our teams, learn about each other, and have different conversations while catching some fish. I would do it again if we had the chance.”
For day two, Michigan toured the State Capitol in Lansing before bussing to Grand Rapids to explore the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum.
“I’m a big history guy, so today was fun for me,” tight end Joel Honigford said. “My biggest takeaway was probably all the connections so many important people have to the University of Michigan. There were a lot of cool stories and it makes me proud to be part of the university. We got to walk around and see the state capitol building in person. The architecture and art in the building were impressive and it was a really interesting experience.”
The team began the trip Thursday with community services projects in Flint. It then arrived at the Dort Event Center for the Maize and Blue Big Top event, a carnival for kids from the area. The Wolverines finished the day with a famous chicken dinner from Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth.
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