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Sep 13, 2014 - The Mackinac Bridge

The first time we crossed the “Mighty Mac” bridge, we were in the RV and it was very windy. Now that we have crossed it many times in the car, we really appreciate how awesome it is. We have a wonderful view of it and the Straits of Mackinac from our campsite, right out our front windshield. The Straits of Mackinac is a beautiful stretch of water that separates Michigan’s Lower Peninsula from its Upper Peninsula. It connects two of the five Great Lakes, Michigan and Huron. The magnificent Mackinac Bridge crosses the Straits at its...

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Sep 10, 2014 - McGulpin Point Lighthouse

We got another lighthouse stamp today, we visited the McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site in Mackinaw City. I am adding a paste of information below: One of Emmet County’s most important historic sites, It is located 2 miles west of downtown Mackinaw City. Emmet County owns and operates McGulpin Point, which protected shipping on the Straits of Mackinac against storms, fog and rocks between 1869 and 1906. It was purchased by the county in 2008 and after improvements including replacement of the tower top and Fresnel light, it was...

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Sep 9, 2014 - Mackinac Island

Our goal was to make the 11am ferry to Mackinac Island some 63 miles away. We set a time for leaving our campsite at Sault Ste. Marie by 9am. We were out by 8:55. It’s an easy drive down Interstate 75. Paid the toll fee, $14, to cross the Mackinaw Bridge at 20 mph. Five miles down the road is Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground. It’s a big campground with 600 sites. It took 20 minutes to check in with all the paperwork and of course our site is all the way in the back. Now we are 25 minutes from 11am. We quickly drove into our site and loaded...

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Bummin' around 2014

Sep 9, 2014 - Mackinaw City Tour

We did a self guided tour of Mackinaw City today. They have a lot of shops, they have candy shops on about every corner, mostly fudge. We stopped by the City Fishing Pier and checked it out too. Jerry can get a fishing license here for only $30 for the year. That is a much better deal than most states. We also saw the fishing guide that told what kind of fish are in the lake. Several kinds of salmon and whitefish are the main ones. He can fish right from the campground in Lake Huron. How cool to be able to walk out and fish from our...

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Sep 7, 2014 - Mackinaw City, MI

We had another travel day, about 200 miles this time. We are all set up and ready to stay a week in one place again. Our drive took us along Lake Michigan with glimpses of the lake through the trees. We did have one long stretch where we had incredible views for a few miles without blockage. We even got a few pictures of lighthouses along the way. I have ordered my lighthouse book and can’t wait to receive it, I need the help identifying them. :-) When we arrived near Mackinaw City, we saw warning signs about crossing the huge Mackinac...

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Aug 18, 2014 - Mackinaw or Mackinac?

Mackinaw or Mackinac, both are correct and pronounced the same way. Mackinac is used for the Bridge and points north. Mackinaw is the City south of the bridge. Mackinac Island has approximately 500 year round residents with no access to the mainland other than by boat. Mackinaw City has the same charm as Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Although there is not a boardwalk, there is a street similar to Rehoboth Avenue, about 6 blocks long with stores on both sides. There was no Thrashers French Fries nor was there any Grotto Pizza shops, but what...

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Aug 11, 2014 - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Before leaving Petoskey we went out to breakfast downtown. We found a cute little café and had a great, quality breakfast. Then we went to the pet store with Rocky, as we wanted to check out a smaller size halter than the one we purchased the day before. Well, the owner had a better suggestion for Rocky and after walking him around the block I agreed that was a better choice. Rocky had one more play time with Brenden and his dad, who also joined in the puppy play and then they all left to drive Brenden's dad back to Canada where they live,...

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Jul 20, 2014 - Mackinaw & Mackinac Island, MI

We arrived in Mackinaw, MI on Thursday, July 17th and stayed for three nights. We are staying at Mill Creek Campground and it is on the shore of Lake Heron. Just a short walk and we have a beautiful view of the lake and the Mackinac Bridge. Our Wagon Master, Rod, sure knows how to pick the campgrounds. We went to the Mackinaw Pastie & Cookie Co for dinner. Pasties originated as a meal for the miners in England and later Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Wives would bake meat and vegetables in a crust and wrap it in layers of linens or newspaper...

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Jul 19, 2014 - Mackinaw City, Michigan

We have had an exciting few days. We ate "pasties" for dinner on Thursday when we arrived in Mackinaw City. They are a made with meat and potatoes and rutabaga inside a pastry shell. We then went to a Lumberjack Show which had a couple of guys competing who are going to the world competitions. On Friday we took the ferry over to Mackinaw Island where the beautiful Grand Hotel is located. The hotel was featured in the movie "Somewhere in Time." There are no cars on the island so all transportation is either by horse drawn carriages or...

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Jul 12, 2014 - Mackinaw City, MI - Touring Mackinaw City

(Ron Writing) We spent the day in Mackinaw City, which bills itself as “Michigan’s #1 Vacation Destination”. That’s pretty good for a town with a population of only 800 people! I think that must be the winter population because there must be more people than that working in the dozens (hundreds?) of souvenir shops, candy stores, ice cream shops, restaurants, and various other tourist traps. It is a very clean, pretty, and attractive place with a laid-back atmosphere but it’s definitely all about the tourist industry. We spent most of our...

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Jul 11, 2014 - Mackinaw City, MI - Crossing the UP to lower MI

(Ron Writing) After spending the morning doing some shopping and getting some work done at home, we left Sault Ste. Marie shortly after lunch and headed straight south on MI-129 to Cedarville, MI on the north shore of Lake Huron. From there we went east on MI-134 along the north shore of Lake Huron to I-75. We went south a short distance on I-75 to the southern tip of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where the Straits of Mackinac separate Lake Huron on the east from Lake Michigan on the west. The Straits also separate the Upper Peninsula of...

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May 27, 2014 - Mackinaw, Michigan

Ross & Marge departed Cedar Springs around 0900 and headed for Mackinaw City, Michigan where they have reservations for four nights at the Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground. The campground sits on the shore of Lake Huron and the Mackinac Bridge is visible from the campground. The campground is rated very high by Good Sam but after arriving they were not sure the person that did the rating was actually rating this campground. It a huge campground with over 600 camping sites for a verity of camping from tents to forty five foot motorhomes. The...

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