Summer 2017 - Great Lakes travel blog

Lunch Spot

Mackinac Bridge from Mackinaw City

Over Big Mac toward the Locks

Ship Enters Lock

Air Lounge

Tail Spewing Ferry

Ferry &Grand Hotel

Horse-Drawn Carriage

The Arch on Mackinac Island

Selfie at theArch

Birthday Donner


It was a short drive northward from Traverse City to Mill Creek Campground at Mackinaw City. It is a very different park from the luxury of the Traverse Bay RV Resort. While this park is more rustic in appearance, our site is spacious with 50-amp full hookup, excellent satellite reception and fantastic wifi. We stopped at a Roadside Park half way here on route 31 and had a scenic lunch on the lake.

Mill Creek Campground is on the shore of Lake Huron and there is a nice view of "Big Mac". the Mackinaw Bridge that spans the straits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, as well as a view of Mackinac Island.

Sue has been wanting an air-filled lounger that she thinks might be a comfortable piece of furniture for relaxing outside. I located one at Dunham Sports in Sault Saint Marie. We decided to make a day trip of it and made the one hour drive up I-75 to the store. We found the chair and then went to lunch at the Lock View Restaurant across the street from the Soo Locks. We spent about an hour at the locks before returning to the Phaeton.

Sue's birthday is tomorrow. Since we will be travelling then, we decided to celebrate today with a trip to Mackinac Island. The last time we visited there was almost 50 years ago when we toured by bicycle. This time we took the horse drawn carriage tour.

The 18-minute ferry trip was nice with good views of Big Mac and the Grand Hotel. Although it was Monday, Main Street was teeming with people, bicycles, horses and carriages. We got our tour tickets and then wandered for about 45 minutes through the shops that are mostly fudge and clothes. The carriage tour was nice with the first half on a 20-passenger carriage drawn by two horses and the second half on a 32-passenger carriage drawn by 3 horses.

By the time the tour ended it was nearly time for dinner. We had a reservation at the Jockey Club located near the first tee on the golf course across the street from the Grand Hotel. We wilde away the time enjoying the scene at the hotel and then had a pleasant dinner overlooking the first fairway. We topped it off with a pecan ball (a ball of pecan crusted ice cream and lots of hot fudge) that was almost more than we could handle.

We walked down the hill to main street and took the ferry back to Mackinaw City. Tomorrow we will again cross Big Mac and then hug the north shore of Lake Michigan on route 2 on our way to our next destination in Menominee, MI.

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