Have you ever wished you could go back in time? I have. I’ve thought I would have fit better in the horse and buggy days when life was much slower. But then I’d think more about it and decided that I probably would have been one of those wives that wouldn’t have made it on the Oregon Trail. So, I’ll stick to traveling with our rig! Our next stop was just over the bridge to the mitten of Michigan and then to an island that is a bit like stepping back in time, Mackinac Island.
First we crossed the Mackinac Bridge, the Mighty Mac. This 5 mile long suspension bridge is the longest one with two towers in the western hemisphere. I was a bit apprehensive about driving the rig over this bridge. That is a long time to be over water and I wondered if that would freak me out a bit. We started over the bridge and I realized that I would have to deal with another unsavory driving issue: construction. Now, I don’t have any idea what the bridge is usually like since I have only crossed it this once, but our direction was down to one lane and that lane had a metal grating sort of thing to drive on. This surface was not easy to drive on as it pulled and shifted the truck and camper. So much was I focusing on keeping the rig in the middle of the lane, that I had no time to notice how long we were over the water. We did reach our next campground, Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground, on the lower peninsula in Mackinaw City. I loved our spot on Lake Huron with a view of the bridge.
It looked beautiful in the sunset too!
Our next day was a work day and I had laundry to do. I guess I’ve gotten sort of spoiled and thought every highly rated campground had laundry facilities. But this one did not because of waste water restrictions. So, it was time to wander off by myself. Thankfully, the laundromat was clean and right near a lighthouse I wanted to see. I had made it my goal to see a lighthouse by each Great Lake. I’m not sure if Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is technically on Lake Huron, but I’m counting it as my Lake Huron lighthouse.
Finally, we had a free day to explore and Mackinac Island was our destination. I had heard lots of good things about this island. No motorized vehicles, except emergency ones, are allowed on the island. This sounded like my kind of place. First we needed to ride the ferry. We chose the fast one that shot water out the back.
As we flew along, I shot a quick pic of this pretty little lighthouse through the window. Maybe the Round Island Lighthouse could be my Lake Huron lighthouse?
As we docked on Mackinac Island, Matt and I debated as to how to spend our day. Would we walk everywhere, hire a horse drawn carriage or rent a bike? Biking sounded like the most fun, so we rented 3 speed cruisers and took off. What a beautiful 8 mile ride around the edge of the island.
We stopped many times for beautiful sights along the way. We climbed 207 steps in order to see Arch Rock and it was worth it!
Building cairns were encouraged in the biking literature. We had seen these rock formations in so many places on our travels, but we had yet to build one. It was past time.
Of course there were geocaches along the way and my crazy man tried on sunglasses that were in one cache. Looks great, don’t you think?
We found our 600th geocache on Mackinac Island!
So we celebrated it with a kiss.
On we biked and came to a stone marker. I had read that this island was the filming place for a movie that I had enjoyed when it came out in 1980, Somewhere in Time. The main character did step back in time and it was all on Mackinac Island. When I first saw the movie, I remember thinking that I wanted to see this beautiful place. Now, I was here, in the very spot where Jane Seymour said to Christopher Reeves, “Is it you?”
I must admit that my memory of that specific event was sketchy, but I watched the movie a couple days ago, and it was fun to see that these trees are just like this in the movie, but a bit smaller.
We had to see the beautiful hotel where most of the movie took place. We turned in our bikes and hiked up the hill to see the Grand Hotel with it’s 660 feet of porch. That’s the world’s longest, and I dare say, most elegant porch!
I did indeed feel as if I had stepped back in time as I watched the hotel’s horse drawn carriage approach.
We finished the day with some fresh fish from Lake Michigan, lake trout. As we paid for the fish the man asked where we were from. When we said Maryland, he was shocked. “In my 30 some years of working here, I’ve never served anyone from Maryland!” He was not the first to be shocked to learn that we had driven all the way from Maryland.
But was going to Mackinac Island worth the drive and ferry ride? A resounding Yes! I truly enjoyed my step back in time.