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Jun 21, 2019 - Over Mighty Mac to the Lower Peninsula of Michigan

The Mackinac Bridge connects Michigan's Upper Peninsula at St Ignace to Michigan's Lower Peninsula at Mackinaw City. The morning following our ferry ride to the island we crossed the Mac and stopped for photos of the bridge from the Mackinaw City side. Also took a short walk around the waterside park and neighborhood before heading down the peninsula on the Lake Huron side passing through Cheboygan heading to Alpena, MI. Notice the word Mackinac is used on the island and bridge. The word Mackinaw is used for the lower peninsula. However,...

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Jun 19, 2018 - Dark Sky

We went into Mackinaw City yesterday afternoon to see what we could see. It's like a Jersey or Delaware shore town. Lots of t-shirt shops, places to eat, and hotels, but no boardwalk. We strolled down the streets and alleys and even went into a few stores, but bought nothing. After about an hour we went back to Winnie. I needed a nap because I was planning on staying up late to attend a show at Headlands Dark Sky Park. An astronomer from Eastern Michigan University came to talk about the moon, which was in the waxing crescent phase that...

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Jun 17, 2018 - Tip of the Mitten

We reached the "tip of the mitten" that is lower Michigan at Mackinaw City today. We'll be staying at the Mackinaw City/Mackinac Island KOA for 3 days. We've been having problems with the City water water inlet on Winnie for a while, but it had gotten so bad that water was leaking like crazy so we couldn't leave the water turned on. It's one of those things that you know needs to be repaired, but the repair may be harder than living with the leak. Well it got to the point where it needed to be repaired so that was my project yesterday. I...

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May 23, 2018 - Mackinaw City, MI

Tuesday Night, May 22nd 11 pm International Dark Sky Park - Headlands of Mackinaw City Dark sky parks are places where you go at night to see the stars more clearly as there is no white light all around the area. You park away from the viewing area and walk to it without any white light. We arrived at 11:15 pm and after a few minutes we had our night vision and the stars just popped out! There was a half moon overhead which cast enough lights to see shadows, but we were happy to view 2 planets and a plethora of stars by sitting with our...

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Spring Trip 2018

May 20, 2018 - Mackinaw City, MI

Saturday, May 19 River Ridge RV Park, Starwood Michigan River Ridge is an RV resort & marina. 237 wide concrete RV pads in a well landscaped park. Marina had only one pontoon boat (early in the season) and the cafe had opened the previous day and the pizza was wonderful! Sunday, May 20 -24 KOA Mackinaw City Michigan Hello from the top of Michigan’s lower mitten (see my detailed map of Michigan in photos). This KOA is in the forest and each morning we take Bear to the nearby dog park and listen to the sound of woodpeckers pecking! One day I...

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Spring Trip 2018

Sep 27, 2017 - Departure postponed

The promised cold front came through last night. We've gone from having the air conditioning on to running the furnace tonight. Since it looked a bit stormy and very windy at times this morning, we decided to stay put for one more day. Good decision it turns out since we have to go back over the Mackinac Bridge, and we heard this afternoon that the wind was bad enough that they were escorting large trucks and RV's at 20 mph over the bridge. Sure hope it's better tomorrow. We took the opportunity to drive down the "other" coast -- the...

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Sep 26, 2017 - Cleanup/fixup day

There comes a day, especially when you've been on the road two weeks or so, that you run out of underwear, etc. So today it was impossible to escape the necessities. The most exciting thing going on was a 32 mile round trip to the closest super market, which turns out to be Walmart. I have to say it was a really pretty drive down the Lake Huron coast. We stocked up on what we could since we will be heading back to the UP (upper peninsula for those who haven’t been here – Michigonians who live there are called Yupers – pronounced you-pers)....

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Sep 24, 2017 - Mackinaw City

Our first full day in Mackinaw City. We drove around town, getting our bearings. We got the car washed first (isn't that exciting?) just to be able to see out of the windows. Then visited the first required fudge shop but postponed buying any until later since the temps are in the upper 80's and the humidity is about the same. We walked around downtown, ducking into shops that had air conditioning but didn't really buy anything except lunch. We found a shady spot in the park at the base of the bridge and sat and watched the other tourists....

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Aug 7, 2017 - Mackinaw City

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...

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Aug 19, 2016 - Last day in Mackinaw City

It was a short 10 mile drive from St. Ignace to TeePee Campground in Mackinaw City. We saved our tour of Colonial Michilimackinac (try saying that 3x fast!) for our return trip today. Located on the shore of the Straits of Mackinac, this 1700s fort and fur trading village was our best fort visit yet. We stepped back in time following costumed interpreters - had tea at the Officer’s house, watched both cannon and musket firing demonstrations, and explored the many artifacts from the ongoing archeological findings at the fort. After the tour,...

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Aug 18, 2016 - Mackinaw City

With the forecast of rain for the next 3 days, we decided to take advantage of our cloudless skies today and tour Mackinaw City. Bruce and Steve toured an old US Coast Guard vessel while Carla and I walked the streets of the touristy downtown and Mackinaw Crossing (mostly fudge and T shirts). Then we all hopped aboard the trolley for a one hour narrated tour of the city. Later we found Darrows, a great local’s place for lunch with scrumptious homemade pies. Back in St. Ignace, we made another trip to the marina for the tiny weekly farmer’s...

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Jun 22, 2016 - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Today has been a travel day driving into Mackinaw City, getting set up and then having time to explore this area some. We are right on the banks of Lake Huron and just down the road from the City. Fort Michilimackinac was founded by the French in 1715 at the site of a Jesuit Mission. During the next 50 years the French and British struggled for control of the fur trade in the Great Lakes Region. The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse was a guiding beacon stretching its light for 16 miles from 1889 until 1952. It helped ships navigate through...

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2016 RV Trip

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