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Sep 8, 2013 - Lighthouse Cruise: Westbound

Our cruise, destined for the westward lighthouses in the strait, was scheduled to depart at 2:00 pm and we left right on time. There's also an eastward cruise, but some of those lights we saw on our trip over to Mackinac Island. Our guide, Terry Pepper, is the executive director of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (GLLKA) and is recognized as an authority on Great Lakes lighthouse history. He kept us entertained as well as informed. The first light was the one we had toured earlier. It looks really good from the water! ...

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Sep 7, 2013 - Crossing the Bridge to Yooper Land

The Tuesday morning after Labor Day we packed up and headed north to the Upper Peninsula via the Mackinac Bridge. We've crossed this bridge several times over the last few years and always enjoy the experience and the views. You see Lake Superior on one side of the bridge and Lake Huron on the other side, along with Mackinac Island, which everyone should visit at least once! We've noticed something interesting in the Upper Peninsula. The "Yoopers" as the folks who live in the Upper Peninsula are called are very proud of living in the north....

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Sep 5, 2013 - Mackinaw City, MI

If there is confusion over which is correct, Mackinaw or Mackinac, be assured that both are correct. The British prefer the name to end with "aw" and the French chose "ac". The difference is that any name for a location south of the Mackinaw Bridge will end with "aw" and any named location to the north will end with"ac". The island is spelled Mackinac but is pronounced Mackinaw. Are you confused yet? We toured Mackinaw City and found the history very interesting. Originally the French had a stronghold in this area and had a positive rapport...

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Aug 25, 2013 - Colonial Michilimackinaw

Another early start in order to see Colonial Michilimackinaw, a word I have trouble with. (My tongue keeps getting wrapped around my eye teeth and I can't see what I'm saying!) Once again, I am in awe of the interpreters we've encountered at the state parks here. Our first interpreter was at the indian encampment. He told us about canoe building (white birch), teepee making, cooking, and Indian life. He has lived with Native Americans in Arizona and is extremely knowledgeable about their lifestyles. Next was a voyageur, the Frenchmen...

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Aug 24, 2013 - under the bridge

For people like me who don't like heights and perceive that the motor home is wider than the lane it's in, any high bridge is a nail biter. The bridge that unites the UP with the rest of Michigan is five miles long and no higher than many other suspension bridges we have crossed. Yet this one offers drivers that will take your car across if you feel like you aren't up to the task. Perhaps this started in 1957 when it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Personally I found the 13 mile causeway that crosses Lake Pontchartrain in...

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Aug 5, 2013 - Full Circle to Mackinaw City

About 100 miles along the shore of beautiful Lake Michigan brought us full circle back to Mackinaw City. It was a lovely drive with many scenic pull-offs and lots of water views. Just before the Mackinaw Bridge, we topped off our fuel at a BP station. We made the $14 donation to the bridge for the toll and we were soon back in lower Michigan at Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground. This is one of Foxy's favorite campgrounds, right on Lake Huron, with nice big, wide sites. We signed on for 3 nights, hoping to hear from the paint shop that our door...

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Aug 3, 2013 - Icebreaker Museum

Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island were on our list of "must-sees" when we started this trip. We put off going up until the weather was warm, and it seems we might have waited too long. As you can see from the photos, I had a jacket and hood on all day! As Winnie would say, "It was a blustery kind of day!" Our goal today was to check out the attractions and to visit the Icebreaker Museum. The trip is only 55 minutes from Gaylord so we took our time. As we drove up I-75, Ralph spotted a scenic overlook so.... Arriving in Mackinaw City,...

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Jul 30, 2013 - Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island

In this area of Michigan there are many names that contain the words “Mackinaw” and “Mackinac”, but no matter which way it is spelled it is always pronounced Mackinaw. Some more Michigan friends we met in Alabama, Gail and Cliff, live in Cheboygan, about 25 miles from our campground. Gail’s spends her summers working in the office of the Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground in Mackinaw City. When they suggested we visit their area of course we made plans to stay there. Gail booked our reservations as soon as the campground opened in the spring...

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Jul 10, 2013 - 11 Days? Really...

Wow, I can't believe 10 days have gone by since I've been here... This is a long post, I promise it won't happen again! We've traveled through South Dakota, North Dakota, up to Manitoba, Canada, down and over to Mackinaw City and Ypsilanti, Michigan. July 1 – On our way north we stopped in Pierre, SD and Bismarck, ND and visited the Capitol Buildings. From there on to Grand Forks, MN with a plan to stay at Cabela’s again…Got settled in Cabela’s and took a drive along the Red River only to discover an SRP right across the street. So we up...

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UP, UP and AWAY!

Jul 9, 2013 - Mackinac Island

We woke to a cool, cloudy morning, but at least it wasn't raining. We loaded the ferry to Mackinac Island, in hopes of seeing the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere, but it was too foggy. As we crossed the Mackinac Straits, where Lake Huron and Lake Michigan meet, we stepped back in time. As we arrived on the island, we only heard the clop of horse hoofs since motor vehicles are not allowed on Mackinac Island. The only transportation allowed are horses, bicycles, horse-drawn carriages, and your own two feet. We chose the...

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Jul 8, 2013 - Lake Huron

On the road by 9:45, traveling 4 hours north to Mackinaw City today. Lots of detours, but no traffic, so we are cruising right along. Looking forward to making camp for a few days. The rain begins about 2 hours into our drive. It became very heavy at times, which slowed us down, at least there wasn't any traffic. We arrived at the Mackinaw City KOA at 2:00 and was able to set up between downpours. We headed into town to get our first view of Lake Huron, which looked more like an angry ocean today. We got a glimpse of Mackinac Bridge, the...

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Jul 8, 2013 - Move to Mill Creek

It's less than 20 miles from here to Mill Creek in Mackinac City so there was definitely no need to hurry this morning. Check-out time was 11 a.m. and we left right around then. There was a BP station with easy in-out and reasonably priced diesel so we decided to top off the motor home; fuel will be more expensive in the Upper Peninsula we're guessing. It was an easy trek up Hwy 23 and we're settled in our home for the next four nights. This is Foxy's all-time favorite campground and she rolled with excitement when we took her for a walk. I...

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