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... the winter. But during the peak summer season 15,000 people come to visit per day! Much of the island has undergone extensive historical preservation and restoration (ban on almost all motor vehicles); as a result, the entire island is listed as a National Historic Landmark.
The weather was fantastic which made for a very beautiful day back in ...
We made our way south to Mackinaw City which is at the northern tip of the Michigan's Lower Peninsula along the southern shore of the Straits of Mackinac. These two land masses are physically connected by the 8,614-foot (2,626 m) Mackinac Bridge. Opened in 1957, it is the world's 16th-longest in ...
... of the houses are quite substantial while others looked like weekend retreats.
Near Harbor Springs we saw some mansions with horse paddocks. Had lunch overlooking the marina and looking back to some lovely houses. Harbor Springs is obviously a very wealthy area and a tourist place. We tried to use the public restrooms at the beach but they were locked as the beach was closed. marina was far more accommodating and even had hot water ...
People from the Upper Peninsular of Michigan are called Yoopers. We are on the southern tip of the UP in St Ignace.
As predicted the weather has turned sour and it has rained or drizzled for most of the day. We had planned a quiet day so that was good for us.
Breakfast in Paradise was danish pastries or donuts, coffee and juice. I opted for one of our apples and some sultanas (courtesy of Comfort Hotel Chicago).
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... amazing experience all the same, we saw places I'm sure I never would have if not for this job and survived another season aboard! Our reward is surely the itinerary of the next two season's planned in Europe! For now it's turnaround time and while the Great Lakes and connecting rivers will make this return a lengthy one, life aboard is much more relaxed and enjoyable with service at its season's end.
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Captain Steve & Chef Clair