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Sep 25, 2017 - Mackinac Island

We got on the 10:30 ferry to Mackinac Island which includes a side trip under the bridge. At the time the bridge was built, it was the longest suspension bridge in the country; now it’s second only to the Golden Gate. We wandered down Main Street for a while, but it was once again really warm – record high temps, they say. So we did the obligatory carriage tour around the island, and I would highly recommend it. As a bonus, we had a very entertaining driver/tour guide whose name, he said, was John. Probably not since he is from Transylvania...

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Jun 27, 2017 - St Ignace to Mackinac Island and back to KOA

This morning we awoke to sunny skies. Yay! We took the free shuttle from the KOA to the ferry dock and rode the Star Line Hydro-jet ferry to Mackinac Island. This ferry went under the huge Mackinac Bridge before heading to the island. It took about a half hour to get there because of the ride under the bridge. We rode on top and it was still cold, probably in the low to mid fifties, but worth the cold from the wind to see the views. It was already very busy on the island, and got even more so as the day went on. There are no motorized...

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Jul 31, 2016 - Mackinac Island

Sat., July 30th – The day started with torrential downpours. We didn’t let that stop us from shopping at the Tanger Outlets in Howell before making our way up the middle of Michigan to our destination at Brimley State Park on Lake Superior. The skies turned to blue before we crossed the gorgeous Mackinac Bridge affording us our first glimpse of Mackinac Island where we will spend the day tomorrow. Sun., July 31st – By 9am we were scooting across the bay to Mackinac Island. Our Star Line Ferry took a side trip under the “Mighty Mac”, a 5...

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Jul 7, 2016 - The Grand Hotel

We went on the 8:30 a.m. ferry to Mackinac Island. It was foggy but a nice smooth ride. There weren't many tourists about when we arrived twenty minutes later and so the pleasant clip clop of the horses pulling carriages was particularly pleasant on this no cars island. We walked down Main Street and then up a hill to see Fort Mackinac. We learned how it was important in keeping people safe in the early days of the fur trade. It was also captured by the British in the War of 1812. It was a pleasant morning and we learned how this island's...

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Sep 2, 2015 - Mackinac Island, MI

Mackinac Island - in Lake Huron just off the coast from Mackinaw City, Michigan. As the western world would have it, Mackinac and Mackinaw are pronounced the same way - the "c" is the French "w". The island was one of the first French settlements and, also true to the western world ways, areas of this historic and once idyllic spot have turned into a mini Disney World. Downtown is a bit cheesy but once out of town there are beautiful views, gorgeous gardens, and historic homes to enjoy. No motor vehicles, though, so the island is an...

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Aug 20, 2015 - Mackinac Island

Up at 6am this morning so that we can be dressed, eat breakfast and at the carriage by 9am. The carriage ride took us all around the island plus a 1hr trip thru the Mackinac State Park. Arch rock was one of the stops we made going through the park which was very interesting. After the carriage ride they dropped us off at the Grand Hotel. To get into the hotel to visit it cost $10 admission which that money is deducted from your lunch buffet if you choose to eat there. That's what we decided to do as it was around lunch time anyway. Cost of...

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Aug 19, 2015 - Mackinac Island

Today we are leaving Frankenmuth, but before we do we have to stop by The White House to get Julie a turtle for her Pandora bracelet. We finally leave at 11am traveling again on I 75 north. Crossing the Mackinac bridge we take exit 344a to find Sheplar's ferry service to the island. The clouds have rolled in and by the time we get there it is misting rain. Checking our baggage, getting the tickets it is now pouring down rain and we have get on the ferry. By the time we get to the boat we are pretty much wet but won't you know that by the...

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Aug 11, 2015 - Mackinac Island

We planned a trip to Two Rivers, Wisconsin for a 90th birthday party for an RV friend we first met at Juno Beach. We drove around the north side of Lake Huron, to Sault Ste. Marie, where we spent our first night at the KOA. It is a nice campground, just for my records, I would definitely stay here again. Day 2 saw us complete our journey to Two Rivers. We met up with fellow RVers Charley and Maryellen, Chris and Kathleen, and Gerrard and Donna at the Jaggemann compound. We were treated royally during our visit. What a wonderful time. After...

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Aug 11, 2015 - Tuesday Mackinac Island

Our day started out with the weather a little chilly compared to what we were in 2 weeks ago in Myrtle Beach. We will make sure the windows are closed and vents off tonight because it is supposed to get chilly again, high 40’s. Don’t want everyone to freeze tonight. We drove to the Shepler’s boat dock for the ferry ride to Mackinac Island. We all took a light jacket because the boat ride would be chilly and never know what the weather on the island will be. The boat ride was a little choppy for some but we did go under the Mackinac Bridge,...

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Aug 9, 2015 - Michigan is one of our Favorite States......

MICHIGAN The first thing you will notice about this entry is the large number of photos. It speaks mainly to the reasons we like Michigan so much, and why it has become one of our favorite states. South West Michigan has several top-end RV resorts that provide wonderful venues for a relaxing summer, yet are close enough to interesting towns and scenic places to offer fun things to do when we want to explore. This year, we also went further north than in previous visits, going up to Traverse City, Charlevoix, Mackinaw City and Mackinac...

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Aug 2, 2015 - Chilling out on a stormy day

August 2 “Batten down the hatches!’ Intermittent thunder and lightening. Between storms we went to Walgreens for Rx refills and to the laundromat—returned just in time before next storm hit! Spent afternoon doing computer work and watching golf on TV. Many of our fellow campers have given up and moved on; it's not much fun to camp in this weather, especially if you have children and pets along. For us, it's a chance to relax until the next “adventure!”

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Aug 1, 2015 - Checking out Mackinaw City and the Icebreaker

August 1 Happy 13th Birthday, Evan! # 13! Drove into Mackinaw City and walked out on the pier to see the (decommissioned) Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw. The ship is huge: 290' x 74' beam, but with the shallow draft characteristic of ice breakers. The Mackinaw's orders: Keep the Great Lakes shipping lanes open during the winter months, and assist ships that have been caught in the ice. After decommissioning (2006) the Mackinaw was moved to the pier of the Michigan city whose name she bears. Today, she is a floating museum and open for...

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