Day 2 is one of the days that we look forward to most on the trip. For those reading this that are not Michigan experts, the state is divided into two peninsulas separated by 5 miles of water. The only road to cross from the lower to the upper is the Mackinac Bridge which is a freeway with no pedestrian traffic. However in the middle of the Straights of Mackinac, there is Mackinac Island. This island is one of the coolest places. It is an island that is only 8 miles around and has about 500 residents. The island has a rule outlawing cars. So all that is on the island is bikes and horses. There is just something great about seeing the Verison guy on a service call riding a bike or the UPS guy delivering packages by horse and wagon.
While the town has only 500 people, it swells dramatically in the summer and is a major tourist destination.
For us, another important part is that you can reach the island by ferry from either side of the Straights of Mackinac. So we left St Ignace in the north and traveled to the island by ferry and then left on a ferry to the south side and ended up in Mackinaw City. So white the day only covered about 5 miles in terms of moving south, it was a great family day anyway.
While we were on the island we did the carriage tour, the girls rode their bikes around the perimeter road and we got some fudge in the gift shops. There is not really a good way to describe Mackinac Island in this little post. I just recommend you visit there.
When we reached the docks in Mackinaw City, I also got to show the girls the boat I worked on 20 years ago in Copper Harbor MI. Apparently the boat had been sold and was not working out of Mackinaw City. So that was pretty cool.
We ended the day at a little motel right on the beach and had a great view of the bridge.