The drive to Kalkaska was short, only about three hours. One of the main experiences of the trip was crossing the Mackinac bridge
between St. Ignace and Mackinaw, MI. This is a five mile-long suspension bridge with the road actually 200 feet above the surface of the straits between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. The suspension towers are 552 feet above the water. It is the largest suspension bridge in the world and was completed in 1957. It is part of Interstate 75 as it goes the length of Michigan. By the way, the northern end of I-75 is the International Bridge at Sault Ste. Marie that I showed you pictures of earlier. It also cost $10.00 for the motorhome pulling the jeep to cross the Mackinac Bridge!
Kalkaska is a small town about 30 miles East of Traverse City which is on the west coast of Michigan on Lake Michigan. It is a resort city and the shoreline hotels and resorts reminded us much of Daytona Beach. The campsite
we have at Kalkaska RV Park & Campground is very nice. Very wooded but I was able to see enough sky to get satellite reception. They also have wireless internet. It seems more and more campgrounds are offering wireless internet and as Martha says “That’s a good thing!”
Wednesday we just went driving around to see the countryside. We visited Rugg Pond
which was the first electrical source for Kalkaska in the early 1900s when the pond was created by damming the Elk River. We also visited the peninsula just above Traverse City. This is where all the rich people live :) and where many wineries and cherry orchards operate as there are huge fields of grapevines and cherry trees all over the peninsula. There were also some historic areas of the peninsula such as the Old Mission Lighthouse
and the Hesler log cabin
. There were also some breathtaking views of Lake Michigan
On Thursday it was Doris’ 42nd birthday :) and we went to a horse show. The horses are really beautiful and we had a great time. We got to watch the dressage and a jumping competition. I took quite a few pictures, probably more than you want to see!
Tomorrow we head for Hillsdale, MI. That will be our last stay in the state of Michigan – Canton, OH will be the next stop after that.