I cannot believe it is almost the end of June and I have still not caught up blogging about our time at the end of May. It is amazing how fast the time flies when we get back to the UP. Before I catch up with what we have been doing since we been back here I am going to finish up about our time in Mackinaw City and the our drive along Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
May 25 through May 29, 2023 (Five nights at the KOA in Mackinaw City)
Turning into the Tee Pee Campground in Mackinaw City it looked like a really nice campground. The campground itself is on Lake Huron though none of the sites are and we could see the lake through the trees. Even though it was not a full hookup park we were looking forward to being able to walk out to the lake and take some walks along the shore. We had chosen this campground for that reason. Knowing Memorial Weekend is a popular camping weekend I had made our reservations back on March 3rd. Also, knowing many of the older campgrounds are not set up for big rigs I was very clear about the fact that we had a 40 foot motorhome with slides. Registering then checking out our assigned site we knew immediately it would not work. When we went back to the office she told us according to the length of the site we should fit. Tom had paced it off and we did not agree. Plus, the ground towards the back of the site seemed soft. (One thing we have learned, and it only took once, if we do not feel comfortable pulling into a site we do not do it.) It looked like they did have at least four sites, possibly 6, we may have been comfortable pulling into but they were taken. They did refund our money minus the one night deposit. I would like to be clear it was a very nice campgrounds and if we had a smaller rig we would have stayed there and been happy with our choice.
The big question now was what do we do. So we headed to the rest area to talk about it. Tom decided to try the KOA and see if they had any openings. We have stayed there in the past and as we recalled we would fit in the majority of their sites. I must say I did not hold out much hope for the whole five nights but as luck would have it they had one site left we could fit in. Decision made.
We spent a very slow paced leisurely five days parked here.There is a lot to do and see in Mackinaw City and St. Ignace, which is across the bridge, if you are so inclined. Plus, of course, you can take a ferry from either town and spend the day or several on Mackinac Island. We have visited and stayed on both sides of the bridge and visited Mackinac Island more then once but for this stay it was mostly about not doing much of anything and we accomplished our goal. We mostly just enjoyed our time relaxing at the Stinger "B". We did visit one of small parks on Lake Huron which gave us the opportunity to spend some time along the water. There are, of course, several cute shops in Mackinaw City and we did visit a couple and managed to leave a few of our dollars behind. Plus, Tom did buy some fudge. We ate at two restaurants we are familiar with, Darrow's and Scalawags Whitefish and Chips, and one new one, Rusted Spoke Brewing Company. Plus, we did a take out pizza from Mama Mia's Pizza. The food was delicious at all four.
Below are some pictures I took while we were out and about on the different days.
|Across the water of Lake Huron from this spot we can see the|
Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.
|A late lunch of Whitefish at Scalawags always delicious.|
|Mass at St. Anthony of Padua in Mackinaw City.|
Bottom right our Lady of the Straights.
|Side Chapel including a statue of St. Anthony, bottom right.|
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
We pulled out of our site at around 11:10AM and after stopping up front to hook up the Jeep we pulled out of the KOA Campgrounds around 11:30AM and merged onto I-75 heading north. We came through the toll both on the north side of the Bridge and were back in the UP at Noon. We exited I-75 and turned west on US-2. We made two stops one for lunch just west of St. Ignace at a rest areal overlooking Lake Michigan and a second in Manistique for Diesel. About four and half hours after merging onto I-75 we were parked in front of our daughter's home unhooking the Jeep and then parking it where we will be for the month of June.
Below are pictures of that ride. (We will be making this drive two more times this summer to and from our son and daughter-in-laws down in Grosse Pointe City. My goal is to try and post different ones and not to many of each of these drives. At least that is my goal.)
|Going over I-75 on our way to the entrance to the Interstate|
|and in the distance we can see the top of the Mackinac Bridge.|
|I do not think we have gone over the bridge and |
not seen this sign except in the winter.
|and the construction.|
|Almost to the toll both|
|where we stop and pay the toll|
|then we are in the UP.|
|Our view out the front window as we sit and enjoy lunch.|
|We are up a bluff and after I was done eating I decided to take a|
walk and take a couple of pictures. of the lake.
|A few miles further and we pass by Lehto's Pasties. The sign |
says they have been there since 1947. A sure sign we are in the UP.
There are quite a few pasty shops in the UP and we have stopped
at several but not this one. Not sure why we haven't.
|Lake Michigan looks really calm today.|
|A nice size pond just next to the highway.|
|Looks like they just finished up the construction along here.|
In the summer when we go past here vehicles are parked all
along the lake side and they are out enjoying the sun sitting in
the sand or swimming in the Lake.
|I did mention in the last blog we have trees and water in Michigan.|
|The Cut River Bridge. There is a rest area to park by here and |
you can take a walk out on the bridge or you can take the path
down to the river.
|I did capture this picture as we were going over.|
|Smoked Fish, Pasties, and Fudge this store has it all.|
|As much green as there is in the UP along US-2 and in other|
areas you pass by several areas of dead trees.
|Manistique East Breakwater Light.|
This is the Manistique Harbor. The Lighthouse was listed on the
National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
|Our last stop for diesel, this Adventure, in Manistique.|
$3.999 basically $4.00 a gallon.
|With a few small white caps on the lake |
it was sparkling in the sunlight.
|Entering Delta County|
|Leaving the Hiawatha National Forest.|
|The Whitefish River is a beautiful blue today.|
|We are back on four lanes and this is now US-2 and US-41.|
|Coming into Gladstone this is Little Bay de Noc.|
In the winter this area is filled with Ice Fishing Shacks.
|Turning on to M-35 and we are almost to our destination.|
We are now back home with our home on wheels. Life has been good to us and we know it. We Thank God everyday to be living Our Retirement Dream.