on the way back from Canada, we stopped in Sault Ste Marie to spend the last of our Canadian money on lunch. then we drove down to St. Ignace, which is the northern point of the Mackinac Bridge (in the U.P.). we hopped on a ferry boat and minutes later arrived on Mackinac Island. we didn’t have a place to stay because i’d tried to find something affordable and could find nothing for the 4 of us for under $250/night. we checked into the Inn where we stayed 2 years ago and they had a room with 2 queens available that night for $140. we took it. we then rented bikes and rode around the 8 mile island. keep in mind, only bikes, horses, and walking are allowed on this island.
the kids were loving it. they both got bigger bikes than they have at home and they both also got bikes with 21 gears (neither have gears at home). this opened up a whole new world to the kids and they now both want a new gear bike quite badly. we spent that first day biking and shopping. the second day we again rented bikes and first headed over to play real miniature golf (not on a course like putt-putt, but on greens like real putting).
we had fun then exploring the interior of Mackinac Island using our bikes. beautiful place:
after a nice long second day on Mackinac Island we hopped on the boat and then headed to Petoskey in time to eat a late dinner with Paula’s parents who had driven up to meet us in Petoskey. we also explored the lake shore looking for Petoskey Stones.
the next morning we headed over to play actual miniature golf (i ended up two over par, fwiw and JD had a hole-in-one). and then we enjoyed the lake and a picnic and the sunset.
the next morning we headed of to Charlevoix, Michigan. what a pretty place. and the main road through town is a draw bridge. we arrived just in time to go over it and then see it open up for the parade of yachts.
we had lunch in Traverse City along the Grand Traverse Bay and then took the leisurely route home. a wonderful little get away for just over a week.