Today’s memory is from our very first summer of this RV adventure of ours. We had just completed our seventh SOWER project in Traverse City, MI and were taking our time checking out the northern Michigan sights as we made our way to our August project in Wisconsin. Since there are no pictures in this post (shocking, I know!) I’ll put a link at the end of a selection for a couple of the shots from that leg of the adventure.
July 25, 2005 – Camping on Lake Superior
We’ve only been on the road since Friday morning, but I feel like there is so much I want to share! In fact, I still want to share some of the neat times we had at Lake Ann Baptist Camp and with our friends there. Alas, time is marching on, and here it is Monday night and I haven’t even told you about Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island, and the Big Mac – the Mackinac Bridge. (Oh, and just so you know, it’s always pronounced MackinAW whether it’s spelled AC or AW). That area is the quintessent tourist mecca. It is the number one tourist destination in Michigan, and you’d be hard pressed to find any job in that city that is not tied into the tourist industry. Hotel, after hotel aside, it is a very picturesque area and well worth the visit. We took the ferry over to Mackinac (remember, say Mackinaw) Island, which likewise is lovely. No cars are allowed on the island, so we took our bikes (along with throngs of other people doing the same thing) and checked out this untouched by modern man island. Very very pretty – but very very pricey! We spent two days in that area – seeing not only the island, but also some of the historic forts and villages in the area. Sunday night we took a Vespers Cruise sponsored by the Resort Ministries. It was an exceptional 1 1/2 hour cruise under the bridge right at sunset. They share the gospel message in a very brief and not threatening way, and we were also entertained by a southern Gospel group – The Master’s Touch Quartet. They were great! It was an wonderful way to end the Lord’s day. I took many many wonderful pictures – but haven’t gotten them posted yet, so stay tuned for that!
Well, tonight we are still in Michigan, but what a different area this is! We crossed Big Mac, and headed north through the Upper Peninsula. It was beautiful countryside, but not very many people! We stopped at the Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, near where the Edmund Fitzgerald sank (along with countless other ships). It was very interesting. And I got to stick my feet into Lake Superior (they went into Lake Huron earlier in the day!).
Today we also stopped at the Tahquamenon Falls which were beautiful. Again, the pictures will have to wait for another day (and faster internet connection!). And tonight we are in Grand Marais at a local campground right on the lake. It is very beautiful, but I can’t imagine how cold and blustery it must get in the winter! And talk about a switch from Mackinaw City….=) A gas station, two general stores, a local bar and grill, and an ice cream stand! They love tourists here too, though so we’re happy to share some of our tourist budget with them!
Tomorrow we continue east along Lake Superior and will be taking in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and maybe even another boat ride! We’ll see!
This is very beautiful country. Come and see for yourself! (I’d recommend summer!)
Here’s a link to the next chronological post that has some Mackinaw Island photos, and here’s a link to the Flickr album of some additional shots from the “U.P.”