August 14, 2017

Mackinac Bridge

The Mackinac Bridge can't be missed when you're at the top of Michigan.
Crossing the Mackinac straits where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet...
It has had many distinctions of the longest, tallest, etc, 

Sturdy and strong the bridge has withstood some nasty Winters.

In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (the U P) trees are in abundance.
The bridge has provides access instead of ferries for the endless supply of wood.

From every angle you can see this structure.

I can't imagine being brave enough to help build this massive bridge.
Could you climb up to the top with unexpected winds at any time?

Above St. Ignace, Michigan, you can see the bridge stand out above the pines.

This was our arrival to the bridge from Mackinac City, Michigan.
There was a high wind warning and constructions at points.
The warnings only allowed 20 mph that day.
It was intimidating at this point!

It seems as we crossed the bridge its own wether patterns were in force.
We hit wind, rain, sun but was given some great views!

Even from the porch of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island you can spy the bridge
in the distance!
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August 12, 2017

Mackinac Island

Upon arriving in Mackinac Island it's time to consider if your'e going on foot, carriage
or bicycle!

Most of the places to shop are on the main street.
No cars to interrupt here!


There's lots of places for a drink or to eat and of course to buy fudge!

One of the oldest and most famous place to buy fudge.
Bicycle parallel  parking?

August 7, 2017

Arches Rock ~ Mackinac Island, MI

It was difficult to get a picture of this fabulous view.
There were lots of visitors checking this spot out.
Arches Rock on Mackinac Island in the middle of Lake Huron 
can leave you breathless.
With the rock between the sky and the lake you can hardly tell the 
difference where one starts or ends.

Looking up the coast of Mackinac Island gave you the feeling
that you were in the mountains in the Caribbean some where.

These beautiful bluets were so vibrant!
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July 31, 2017

Fort Mackinac

This young fellow greeted our carriage at Fort Mackinac.


This young soldier greeted the American soldiers back to the fort in 1796.

Great Great Grandfather of the young soldier above?

Since 1780 the fort has had a presence.
The British did control for a period of time though during the War of 1812.
The United States didn't get the fort back until after the war.

For 225+ years the walls have withstood the test of time.
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July 3, 2017

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island, Michigan

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is always showing it's country pride with the flag.
The  4th of July is an opportunity to remember the sacrifices and battles fought
to make us a great country.
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June 28, 2017

Notre Dame ~ South Bend, IN The Main Building

In a little side trip I had the pleasure of checking out some of the Notre Dame campus.
The Main Building 
The golden dome and Mother Mary shine from every direction.

You can feel the blessings being poured out to all those below.

Even from behind the golden dome stands out above all else.

Even the stairs give you a regal feel.

Even the side views show off the Indiana brick.

June 26, 2017

Castle Rock St. Ignace, MI

I see it, I must try to climb it!
For a fee of $1.00 you too can climb Castle Rock.
Stop by St. Ignace in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!

Look down to St. Ignace, Michigan and out across Lake Huron.

Take a 360 degree turn and look across the Upper Peninsulas' vast pine tree collection! 

Sitting patiently at the bottom of Castle Rock Paul Bunyon and his buddy Babe the Blue Ox
will wait for you.  A fellow guest told us that when he was a youngster they used to climb
upon Paul and Babe, but today the fence is protecting them for further generations.

Did you lock your car before the climb?  
No worries Paul and Babe will make sure all is safe.

At almost 200 feet below you can view the next climbers starting to make their trek!
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May 25, 2017

Martha's Vineyard

We had a choice:
Martha's Vineyard
or
Nantucket

Martha's Vineyard won out this time.  Neither island was on the vacation list
this time, but because of the wretched heat we decided a day near or on the 
water would be better spent than the day in Boston.
Boston is definitely fun to discover, but when the mercury is to go over 100,
anything related to water, sounds wonderful!