Usually our trips to Michigan end when we reach family in Grand Rapids. After 13 hours of driving, we are happy to stay put.
But, after hearing me say again and again how pretty northern Michigan is and how many unique things there are to do, Grady was convinced it was time to do more than just visit family during our visit.
This summer we opted for a three day getaway to explore some of the vacation destinations I enjoyed as a kid. Together with my parents and my nephew, we explored the Straits of Mackinac, where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron connect. We had two perfect weather days to explore Fort Michilimackinac and Mackinac Island.
Follow along and enjoy some sun-squinted pictures of our time in Mackinac...
The boys attempted some baaga'adowe (modern day lacrosse) and found the soldiers bathhouse quite comical.
With no haze or clouds, we were able to take in the sight and size and scope of the Mackinac Bridge. This bridge connects Michigan's Lower peninsula with the Upper peninsula and is the longest suspension bridge in the Western hemisphere. It's impressive!
We spent a morning climbing Castle Rock and taking in the panoramic views of Lake Huron. Micah and I counted the steps on our way down... and all for nothing because now we can't remember how many!
The water and sky that day - crystal clear!
Annalyse couldn't wait to see all the horses, all the boys couldn't wait to rent bikes and tour the island, and my parents were just along for the ride and easy to please.
Jaxton especially enjoyed Fort Mackinac and napped the entire time, and I secretly think a couple others wished they were napping too. Our morning climb and afternoon bike ride were catching up on us.
Although we more than filled our day on the island, there was so much more that we didn't see or do. Next time...?