On Tuesday, May 30, 2023, after 256 day under a beautiful blue sky we crossed the Mackinac Bridge and we were back in the UP. Our Ninth Adventure, living our retirement dream, has come to an end. The plan right now is to spend the next three months and a few weeks visiting and catching up with family and friends. We will also be looking into some tentative plans for our Tenth Adventure.
|We are presently parked at our daughter's in Gladstone, MI|
My goal for the next couple of blog posts is to catch up to where we are. This blog is a journal of our travels and as such these days need to be included.
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
This morning we went inside for coffee with our son and daughter-in-law and to get kisses and hugs from three of our grandchildren as they got ready to leave for school. Then all to soon it was time to go out to the Stinger "B" and get things ready to roll. There actually was not much to do as we pretty much were only inside for sleeping. Since, we had unhooked the Jeep we did have to hook it back up. Once that was done we went back in to get kisses and hugs from our youngest grandson and his parents. A picture of them waving as we left would have been nice to have but I was to busy waving and we were several blocks away when that thought came to me.
We decided to take I-94 North for a few miles then make our way up to I-69 where we turned west for a bit. We then cut across on I-475 to I-75 which we stayed on to just past Bay City where we exited on to US-23 for the rest of our trip to Mackinaw City. I had done some checking the afternoon before and there is a Walmart in Tawas City that said we could park for the night in their parking lot.
What follows are a few random pictures of our two day ride.
|On I-75 going by|
|Zilwaukee Bridge which takes us over the Saginaw River.|
|You know you are on a rural highway when you see this sign.|
|Parked at the Walmart in Tawas City, MI and |
we sort of had a view of Lake Huron out the front windshield.
It was, of course, sad pulling away as we waved to our littlest grandson and his parents...it always is...yet today's ride was pleasant and uneventful. It was our first time riding along the east coast of Michigan and Lake Huron; a new adventure. It was a surprisingly a quiet night parked at the Walmart considering there were railroad tracks just across the road.
|This must be the place to be????|
|Driving down any highway, when not in a city, in Michigan|
your view is filled with trees and/or lakes and rivers.
|These three pictures|
|were taken on a short|
|detour off of US-23 due to construction.|
|and more trees. I did mention there are trees in Michigan.|
|The lovely blue water of Lake Huron.|
Our two days traveling to Mackinaw City, especially on US-23 along the lake were slow paced and wonderful. I have often said, we are so lucky to be living our retirement dream. We have seen the beauty of the mountains in the west and east, the vastness of the desert. Then we spend our summers surrounded by the beautiful forest of Michigan and time near some the most beautiful lakes in the world. Life truly is good.