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Hydro-jet Boat to Mackinaw Island

Mackinaw Bridge from boat

Other boats going to the island - only way to get there

Freighter going past the island

Grand Hotel from the boat

Porch of the Grand Hotel

Chandelier at Grand Hotel

Some houses near the Grand Hotel

Natural Arch

Island Beach


Butterfly 2

Butterfly 3

Butterfly Collection

Thursday, August 10, we drove to Mackinaw City, Michigan. It was a short drive of about an hour. We took our time and arrived at the Mill Creek Campground early in the afternoon. All of our sites were right along Lake Huron's shoreline. It was a beautiful view. We could see the Mackinaw Bridge and Mackinaw Island across the water. The Mackinaw Bridge was completed in 1957 and cost $100 Million to build. It is five-miles long and one of the world's longest suspension bridges. It cost us $8 to cross it and we were lucky that the wind was not bad that day. The leader told us it can be an experience crossing the suspension bridge with a motorhome on a windy day. That evening the leaders had a bonfire set up on the shore and we had hot dogs and beans for dinner.

Friday, we took a hydro-jet boat to Mackinaw Island. The boat spews out a huge roster tail of water out behind the boat and crosses the 8 miles to the island in about 15 minutes. On Mackinaw Island there are no cars or vehicles allowed except horses, bicycles or walking to get around. As soon as we arrived on the island the leaders had horse drawn carriages waiting for us to take us on a tour of the island. Two of the pictures show the natural arch and the view of the beach. We then had a stop at the butterfly house and then carriages took us to the Grand Hotel for lunch. It is a large, fancy, well know hotel. The lunch buffet was superb. It had more selections than I have ever seen. We were so full, that afterward we sat on the front porch and rocked in the rocking chairs before we could do anything else. It was a great view from the porch. One of the pictures shows the porch. It is 660 feet long. After that we took a horse drawn taxi (paid for in tour package) to the main streets to look at the shops. The majority of the shops were again fudge shops. We then took the hydro-jet boat back to the main land. A shuttle bus took us back to the campground. At 7:30 that evening the leaders again had a bonfire on the shoreline and we made smores.

Saturday, was a free day to do any exploring you wanted, Carol and I went to Wal-Mart, had dinner at a downtown restaurant and looked around at some of the shops. That evening the group had tickets to a show at Mackinaw Theater. The show was Chinese Acrobats. Those kids did just about anything with china dishes, rings, yo-yo, ropes and their bodies. Too much to describe here. Sunday the group goes to Frankenmuth, Michigan.

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