Upper Mich

Trip Start Aug 27, 2005
Trip End Jan 31, 2006

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Friday, September 23, 2005

We left Ripon and headed north to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan--We did get out alive in spite of Rodger Burns', Marie's cousin, prediction that we would not.

We stopped in St. Ignace, MI and spent the night in a wonderful old brick hotel before visiting the Mackinac Bridge and spending the night on Mackinac Island.

The most famous place on the island is the Mackinac Hotel. The Mackinac Hotel is reported to have the longest porch in the world. We were denied the opportunity to visit the porch by some rather snobby security guards long before we could even approach the hotel entrance.

I guess we were not dressed properly or maybe we did not look like Republicans. Republicans? Yes, we had stumbled upon the Biannual Michigan State Republican leadership conference. All in all the Republicans were innocuous. That is until we overhead the complaints of one group at breakfast. Nearly all of the Republicans were white, except for a few token candidates of color, and service staff on the Island are non-white. One woman was afraid to leave her bags with the ferry staff because, and I quote, "Those people could not be trusted." The cynicism that breeds such attitudes sickens us.

September 24
Hotel: Inn On Mackinac
Dinner: We both ate Lake Superior white fish at a local restaurant--we can not recall the name. Dinner was excellent, even if we were confined to California chardonnays for wine. The restaurant was unusual in that the bread basket included the most wonderful blueberry muffins.
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