I got home last night from Mackinac Island, very exhausted from traipsing around with Bria and her Girl Scout troop. But we had so much fun. I have always wanted to go to Mackinac, so I jumped at the chance when the troop announced this activity.
I was wishing I hadn’t paid for it once Joel’s class got canceled, but I am so very glad we went now that it’s in the past. No regrets. Except that maybe I ate too much.
I took around 500 pictures, and since Joel is gone, I’ve been spending lots of time in front of Photoshop.
Here are a few (okay, so there are more than a few) of my favorites from the first day of our trip. I’ll have plenty more later, I’m quite sure!
Our first stop was Marquette, which is about 2 hours from where I live. We found our first letterbox there, and Bria was hooked for the rest of the trip and couldn’t wait to go on all the letterboxing expeditions. She liked it so much, that I am going to make sure we go often during the summer.
I took this photo of Lake Superior during that stop.
Then we got down to “The Bridge” which is approximately 5 1/2 hours from my house. The Mackinac Bridge is just 28 feet short of 5 miles long and used to be the longest suspension bridge in the world. It is still the longest in the Western Hemisphere and I have no idea where or what the bridge is that beat it out, but there you go. Fun facts about the Mackinac Bridge.
First, we stopped at a Bridgeview park before crossing the bridge.
Then we crossed the bridge into Mackinaw City (by the way, Mackinac is pronounced Mackinaw and I suppose the city got sick of mispronunciation, so they change the spelling) and caught the ferry over to Mackinac Island.
Our ferry was called The Marquette.
Here is our ferry pulling out of Mackinaw City and towards the island. I love the spray that they send out behind them.
Obviously, I had to catch another view (or twenty) of the bridge while we were on the boat.
A view of the ferry dock.
And, of course, The Grand Hotel. If you don’t know The Grand Hotel, it’s in the movie Somewhere in Time with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. Love that movie. The hotel is pretty darn grand, too. It seems to take up the entire island as you are coming toward it on the water. This was also the only time I could get the whole thing in my viewfinder, since I was far enough away. Once on land, I could only get snippets. Especially since you are charged $10.00 just to set foot on the property. And, unless you are rolling in the dough, forget about a room there–it runs around $500.00 per night, per person. The suite is $3,000.00 a night! Dressing for dinner is mandatory.
But it sure is a beautiful building.
Once we arrived on the island, we went to a park by the lake (Lake Huron, fyi) to eat our dinner. The seagulls were hoping for some handouts. But, we obeyed the posted sign.
In fact, we obeyed all the posted signs.
After dinner, we decided to do some more letterboxing. I used the time to explore with my camera, but the thrill of finding the letterboxes was also very cool.
Bria thought so, too. Like I said, she fell in love with letterboxing.
There are no cars allowed on the island, so there are lots of horses and carriages around.
And there are bikes everywhere.
The real estate is pretty amazing, and just plain pretty.
I want to live in this house.
But the most magnificent views, were definitely the ones God Himself created. With maybe a little bit of help from man for a lighthouse or a streetlamp here and there.
I will post more next week. Just as soon as I can figure out a reason to live there for the summers.