Hampton Inn & Suites Petoskey
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... and the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere. Mackinaw City is the most popular tourist city in the state of Michigan. Since it was late in the tourist season the crowds were less than in the peak time during the summer. We stayed at a great campground over looking Lake ...
It was pitch black when Maura and I drove out of The Cedars parking lot around 5 a.m. to transport Surly and I across the Mackinac Bridge. The streets of Mackinaw City were deserted except for the colossal street sweeper machine rolling along, cleaning up gutter trash left by weekend tourists in this upscale resort destination. By the time ...
... or Mackinaw) City . . . and hit a few of the shops . . . bought some caramel corn from a favorite shop . . . and some good Mackinac Fudge!!, then got back on the road.
We got to the Hampton Inn in Gaylord
about 5:00 p.m. It was right across the road from a Bob Evans (a chain that started out in
Ohio) . . . and there was a Ruby Tuesday's a little further down the
road. We opted to walk over to the Bob Evans. Not a good idea. They
... We missed towns here and there but certainly got a flavor of Canadian hospitality everywhere we stopped. We were able to take advantage of some farmers' markets for fresh fruit and vegetables, locally owned bakeries for butter tarts (a Canadian staple), and restaurants famous for fish and chips (another Canadian staple). We ate lots of very tasty "whitefish" and "pickerel" (also known as walleye).
After the last lock on the Trent-Severn, we worked ...
So, you may ask: With all the trials and tribulations that go along with an event like this, why do it in the first place? There are as many answers to that question as there are people that do this year in and year out. Having now been in it, my answer would be this: Anyone with a desire or passion for sailing and boating is willing to deal with the challenges to be faced. There is magic in being on the ...