LOCATION: Mackinaw City, Michigan
CAMPGROUND: Wilderness State Park
WEATHER: Another beauty. Sunny. High 80
What a FUN day!
In the morning, we wanted to get some exercise so we took one of the many trails around the park. It was about a 4-mile hike, all very nice except the mosquitoes found us in some of the swampy areas.
Then, we were off for the day…..We drove a big loop around the lakeshore (Lake Michigan). A friend who used to live in this area gave us some suggestions about places to see. Wow!
First we drove through the “Tunnel of Trees”. Aptly named – it is a 20-mile stretch through the forest with Lake Michigan below. The road is very narrow – so that when another car approaches, one car has to stop to let the other go by.
Halfway in, we stopped at a little town established by the Polish years ago. There is a famous little restaurant there with interesting architecture and a fantastic view of the lake. Unfortunately, they were closed on Mondays so we missed a Polish sausage lunch.
Besides the beautiful scenery, I enjoyed looking at the gorgeous homes nestled in the woods, many of which were actually under us hugging the hills over the lake.
Then…ta-da! Harbor Springs! I could not believe it. It is a very high-end beach town, reminding me of Newport, Rhode Island or some exclusive south Florida beach area.
The downtown is super cute and we stopped for lunch in a downtown cafe that has been a family business for more than 100 years.
There are flowers everywhere..
The town beach was full with sun-seekers
We followed our friend’s suggestion and visited her friend’s glass-blowing shop.
As we walked around downtown, we noticed that everyone was munching on ice cream cones, a must-do in a beach town. George had to join the group…
At the harbor were HUGE yachts and sailboats getting ready for a regatta. This one belongs to our daughter Alexis (NOT!) …
Here is George looking nautical in front of ours (haha)
Harbor Springs seems like a very upscale place. We drove around with our jaws dropped gawking at the many, many lakeside mansions, all spilling over with flowers and beautiful yards. I could absolutely live here.
Then, continuing our loop, we drove back to Mackinaw City where we stopped at a fish market. We bought some fish sausage that we would like to try, some whitefish pate’, some in-house smoked jerky, and tonight’s walleye dinner, freshly caught from Lake Michigan.
DINNER: We cooked up the walleye over the campfire. Sides were steamed rice and a salad.