The magnificent splendor of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island makes you feel as if you have stepped back, somewhere in time …
Blue Waters of Michigan
You asked – “how blue are the waters, really?” Well, Susie Q – the waters are sooo blue you can see the marina boulders, more than 15 feet down!
Mike & Sue Gillespie drove from Cleveland to northern Michigan, joining us in Upper Peninsula (called Yooper). On their first night aboard, the sunset at St. Ignace was breathtaking.
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
One of my favorite childhood stories was the tall tale of Paul Bunyan a giant lumberjack with superhuman strength. Big as a mountain and strong as a grizzly bear… his trusty companion was a legendary blue ox. His likeness is displayed in several statues across North America, including this one in Michigan.
You can only get to Mackinac (pronounced Mac-in-aw) by water or air. When you arrive you feel like you stepped back in time.
Thanks for the private cruise from St. Ignace to Mackinaw aboard Gypsy!
If you are looking for a decadent wedding destination: Grand Hotel (click here)
We will never forget the spectacular views from a rocking chair overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, from the world’s longest porch.
Somewhere in Time
Grand Hotel is rich in history, a place where time moves slowly. The perfect setting for a favorite romantic classic starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, “Somewhere in Time”.
Happy Anniversary Mike & Sue – 33 and still counting.
To celebrate – we watched Somewhere in Time (of course you can buy the movie in the gift shop!!). Actually, Sue and I watched the movie, Rick and Mike went to bed early.
Mackinac Straits Bridge
It was a privilege to spend time with Tom & Nancy Rea (captains of Meanders), who live in Petoskey. Thanks again for introducing us to Charlevoix, where we joined Don & Barb Cavin (Cavara) for dinner, celebrating Barb’s birthday.
Although mushroom house architecture didn’t really “catch on”, it is a fun vacation concept. If you are looking for a unique rental opportunity, click here. Over the course of his fifty-year career, Architect Earl Young designed twenty-six residential houses and four commercial properties. His works are made mostly of stone, using limestone, fieldstone, and boulders that he found throughout Northern Michigan
Leland, MI is a quaint little town reknowned for it’s smoked fish.
Next Stops: More of Lake Michigan
Exhale will continue to traverse south, following the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, heading to the Illinois River. So far we have stopped in Mackinac Island, St. Ignace, Petoskey, Charlevoix and Leland. Next up: Frankfort and Manistee. After that, only Mother Nature really knows.
Next Guests – Matt & Piper Jackson 🙂
Where Have We Been So Far? Thanks for asking 🙂
Total Locks completed = 126, includes:
- Florida – Lake Okeechobee area: 7
- Virginia – Great Dismal Swamp: 2
- New York – Troy & Champlain Canal: 12
- CANADA – Chambly Canal/Quebec: 9
- CANADA – Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway: 5
- CANADA – Rideau Canal/Ontario: 47
- CANADA – Trent-Severn Waterway: 44
States and Provinces traversed on the water, commencing March 1, 2018:
U.S (March 1- June 10). Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Vermont. (August 10 – tbd): Michigan
Canada Provinces (June 10 – August 9): Quebec, Ontario.
Side trips (via land or air):
Los Angeles (MS [2 – April and May], Rick [3 – May, June and July] & Maddie [May], Cleveland (RMG, MS & Maddie [2- April and July], Craig [April])