We had a wonderful relaxing time...here's a recap and a few photos.
Friday, 6/27 : Drove up to Cedarville, Michigan (Upper Peninsula) to Loon's Point Campground. We stopped in Peshtigo, WI on the way up to visit the Peshtigo fire museum. Drove up along the shore of beautiful Lake Michigan.
Saturday, 6/28 : Drove to St. Ignace, MI, and took the ferry across the Straits of Mackinac to Mackinac Island. The ferry stopped out by the Mackinac Bridge, a 5 mile long bridge connecting the Upper Peninsula to Michigan. There are no motorized vehicles on Mackinac Island, so we took a horse and carriage tour of the island, including the butterfly house and old fort. We saw the "Grand Hotel", made famous by the movie "Somewhere in Time", but as it's $15 just to get on to the porch, we opted to eat lunch at the fort instead. Here's us on the carriage.
Sunday, 6/29 : Had breakfast with cousins who live in Cedarville and attended church with them. In the afternoon, we visited a small Maritime museum, and also the Cedarville historical museum. Spent the rest of the day relaxing at the campground.
Monday, 6/30 : Drove up to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan with cousin Norman Perkins to cross the International Bridge into Canada. In Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, we caught the Agawa Canyon Tour Train. This train took us 114 miles north into Ontario, passing beautiful lakes and scenery. We crossed several train trestles as well. After a 4 hour train ride, the train took us to Agawa Canyon, where we ate lunch and took some beautiful pictures of waterfalls. We then journeyed back to Sault Ste. Marie by train, across the bridge, through Canadian customs, and then home to the campground.
Bridal Veil Falls, Agawa Canyon, Ontario, Canada
Tuesday, 7/1: Relaxed in camp. In the evening, Chris & dad went on a charter fishing trip on Lake Huron. They caught 2 king salmon, and 7 lake trout, each at least 8 pounds, and 22 inches long. (Although the sizes change each time they tell the story, as all fish tales do!) If you're ever in that area, check out www.fishingwithnorm.com
Wednesday, 7/2 : Drove up to Sault Ste. Marie again and took the Soo Locks Tour. This boat tour takes visitors by the International bridge, through one of four American locks connecting Lakes Superior and Huron. The water level changes by 26 feet from one lake to another, so locks were built to enable the huge cargo ships to pass through. We returned via the Canadian locks. We then toured a cargo ship restored to how it might have looked when it was in use during the early 1900s, and also contained an exhibit about the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Thursday, 7/3 : After a relaxing morning, mom and I headed across the Straits of Mackinac into Mackinaw City, Michigan for some shopping and sightseeing. We toured a colonial fort, walked through the many shops, saw a movie, and had pizza and ice cream. Meanwhile, Chris and dad stayed at camp and dined on cereal (poor guys!) and organized a camp volleyball game.
Friday, 7/4 : Attended the 4th of July parade in the morning, grilled out with family, and watched the fireworks from the boat dock at the campground
Saturday, 7/5 : Long drive back to Wisconsin.
Now we are counting down the days (42) and weeks (6) until Joshua arrives.
Thanks for reading!