|Been a busy week. Sunday, we took off north (if you can believe that) and went to Whitefish Point, Paradise, and Tahquomenon Falls. Besides a lighthouse, Whitefish Point is famous for being the point off which the Edmund Fitzgerald went down in stormy seas. It didn't run aground, but was simply swamped by huge waves. It lies in over 500 feet of water. I don't think the Edmund Fitzgerald would have been famous at all if it weren't for the song. There have been well over 500 shipwrecks in the area of Lake Superior, several involving ships as large.
Paradise, the town not the destination, is basically a bump in the road on the way to Whitefish point. A nice place to have lunch, however.
Tahquomenon is a set of falls in the river of the same name. Beautiful scenery. What makes it so unique is the water itself. The high concentration of tannic acid(caused by sediments of local trees and vegetation) makes it look like dark ice tea. Similar to the swamp water in south Georgia, they say it is pure and completely drinkable. Don't think I want to try.
Monday, we went south to the Mackinac bridge, and the town of the same name. On some days the wind blows so hard you couldn't cross the bridge with a camper. This day, the water was as smooth as glass. Mackinac City is a quaint little town known as the take off point for visitors to Mackinac Island. The island boasts that it has NO motor vehicles of any kind. Mail is delivered by bicycle or horse drawn carriage. There is a huge hotel called the Grand Hotel, lots of B&B's and restaurants, and miles of trails for hiking. Gotta be in shape if you want to visit this island. We did that years ago, but passed on it this time. Instead we ate and shopped in Mackinac City. The food has been great... lots of fresh fish... yummmmm.