Now that the crisp winter chill has settled in, the warmth of summer – and backyard barbecues and top-down motoring and strolls on the beach – seems to be a remote memory. What better time than the present to reconstruct my family’s summer vacation – that great American tradition that thrives on map-less meandering and feeds the soul with a constant sense of adventure, awe and discovery? Ever been to the town of Christmas in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula? It’s an eminently forgettable place. ...

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