Day #132 – Good-bye to the U.P.!

LOCATION:  Mackinaw City, Michigan
CAMPGROUND:  Mill Creek Campground and RV.  Huge – 600 sites!  On Lake Huron.  Some sites have views of the lake and/or the bridge.  We have electricity only, but some sites are full hook-ups.  Nice store.  Free shuttle service to Mackinac Island Ferry.  Swimming pool, playground, basketball court, swimming beach. Pretty good showers/bathroom.  Not so great fire pit.  Picnic table. Wifi.   $31/night during the week; $44/weekends.  3 stars out of 5
WEATHER:  Cooler and still mostly sunny.  High 71
DISTANCE DRIVEN:  2 hours

This morning we left the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where we have been for a month and headed south to the mainland.  If anyone is interested in a summary of our campground stops, let me know.  We had a variety of settings – 1 Harvest Host site (a ski resort),  two municipal parks, a national forest service campground, and lots of state parks.  Here is our route:

We had to drive over the Mackinac  Bridge to get here.  I refused to drive.  George did just fine, while I mostly hid my head.

We didn’t know what to expect with this huge campground.  It is super busy with kids everywhere.  However, we lucked out with a site that is away from the crowd.  We are surrounded on 3 sides by trees, and our neighbor is a distance-away cabin.  We are near the showers, and have good wifi.  We will be here for 4 nights.

The town of Mackinaw City is centered around tourism.  We passed motel after motel, all with “Vacancy” signs up.  The restaurants and parking lots were packed.  We had planned to go to a brewpub, but the parking lot was full.  We found this bar which was a lot of fun.

DINNER:  I tried a new recipe from a ladies’ magazine — gnocchi in a tomato sauce and kale.  Pretty good. 

BOOK:  “A Week in Winter” by Maeve Binchy.  I thought I had read all of her books, but found this one I had missed at a campground swap library.  As with all of her books, she creates lovely images of Irish people and scenery.  5 stars out of 5

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