Let me just begin by saying that Michigan is a horrible state, and everyone should simply do their best to avoid it altogether.
Crossing the Mackinaw Bride at sunset – perfect timing!
First up – this bridge. Are they trying to kill us?
Underneath view of the bridge from the boat to Mackinaw Island.
Somehow we survived the crossing, and made it to St Ignace to camp for the night. Our serpentine belt fell apart the first morning, but we were able to fix and and grab the 9:30 ferry to the Island. Little did we know what was lurking in the lake/Ocean. Yes. The dreaded Lake Huron Pirates.
Fortunately we were able to evade them and made it safely to the island. After the most delicious breakfast I’ve ever eaten (banana bread stuffed french toast – OMG) we took the 8.2 bike ride around the joint.
We saw stuff:
As you can see, it was horrible there.
After this disaster, it was on to Tahquamenon.
We camped here the rest of our stay. Pictured above are the upper falls. The lower falls are the main attraction. I will note that there are signs EVERYWHERE that there is no swimming in the falls and that they are very dangerous.
DANGER. DO NOT SWIM IN FALLS.
I actually do not have any pictures of the lower falls from this trip, because I didn’t want to ruin my phone if I fell “off the trail” and into the water. The above are from 11 years ago (aren’t they CUTE????) The water was running much higher this year (probably due to the global warming) and NONE of that rock they are standing on was showing. It was all underwater.
Up next was Pictured Rocks – which is made up of the “pictured rocks” portion and a sand dune portion. Below (right) was my crossfit workout for the day. I believe at the very bottom (if it embiggens) is me and the two kids.
Of course, that body of water is the Ocean known as Lake Superior.
Sad, isn’t it? It has obviously been terribly affected by “climate change”. The falling/rising water levels/ ice coverage/ bla bla bla …
Up next, the Oswald Bear Ranch. We were nervous this was going to be one of those sucky tourist trap sort of things, but we asked our “park ranger” who informed us that it’s actually worth a visit. OH WAS IT WORTH THE VISIT. THIS HAPPENED –
Yes. I got to PET A BABY BEAR. His name was George. He would do just about anything for that spoonful of jelly. They had four baby cubs and they were so freakin cute. George would lick that jelly and then run around (free). We asked the handlers what happened if he ran out – they said he runs straight to the gift shop.
They have acres and acres and acres of area devoted to the rescued bears, who would sit like this if you threw them apples:
It was super awesome. They have 29 bears and four habitats. $20 per car, and that picture was another $10 (but they took about 20 with my camera). Active duty military are free. Dean Oswald started rescuing bears and it just grew into this awesome little refuge.
The last day we just hung out and played in the falls stayed on the path and did NOT enter the dangerous water.
I don’t want to forget to mention that Tahquamenon also had a little joint where they brew their own beer IN THE PARK. The beer and the food were surprisingly EXCELLENT. The whitefish dip was to die for, and I had my very first Pastie.
All-in-all it was an excellent trip. The only disappointment occurred when we happened upon MJ’s place.
I didn’t even know he had a place in the UP. The service sucked.