We left home on June 9th, headed for Northern Michigan. Our first stop for a couple nights was the Muskegon, MI KOA. We had a nice view of the small lake. During our stay we hiked around the lake 3-4 times.
Our second stop was Wilderness State Park on Lake Michigan. We had a view of Lake Michigan from our campsite. The weather was amazing. We had night time lows in the mid-40's to mid-50's and daytime highs in the 60's and 70's. This was perfect camping weather. I ventured into the lake, up to my waist. The water was still ice cold and would probably remain like that until late July.
We had beautiful sunsets each night and it was great taking walks along the beach. Sunset was close to 9:30pm each night
On Monday, June 13 we took the Star Hydro-Jet ferry to Mackinac Island. We took the early ferry that took a side trip under the Mackinac Bridge.
While on the island we took a carriage ride. Approximately half way through we switched to a 3-horse carriage that took us through Mackinac State Park
Round Island lighthouse
This is the famous Grand Hotel. We wanted to visit the hotel, but ran out of time. We later found out they charge you to enter the grounds and also charge you to walk on the covered deck overlooking Lake Huron.
Round Island Passage Light
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
McGulpin Point Lighthouse. This lighthouse began operation in 1869, making it one of the oldest lighthouses in the Straits. It operated until 1906
Wawatam Lighthouse, St. Ignace, MI This is a fully automated lighthouse that was built in 1998 and guards the harbor4 of St. Ignace.
On Monday June 20th we started our trip home. We stopped for 2 nights at Salamonie Lake State Park South of Huntington, IN We had a beautiful view from our campsite, that also included the marina.
We stopped at 2 local breweries, Cheboygan Brewing Company in Cheboygan, MI and Rusted Spoke in Mackinaw City, MI. We also picked up a couple of beef pasties, a Michigan specialty.. 19th century Cornish immigrants brought the pasty into the iron mines of the Upper Peninsula. The Cornish Pasty descends from a broader family of medieval English meat pies.
We were gone 12 days and had a great time. Our arrival back into Indiana was met with mid-90 degree temperatures. Air Conditioning was a life saver. Thanks for riding along. Until next time.