Immediately following our nearly 2 week stay in Standish we arrived in Mackinaw City to enjoy an extended weekend. We arrived around 10 o’clock with no reservations anywhere. I did take the time to call ahead to a few campgrounds and found spots available but, there was one place in particular that I could not find any information on. I knew right where it was in fact I had seen it several times as I passed through the area on the expressway. I even found it on Google maps but there seems to be nothing on the internet about this campground. In the Google maps street view you can even read the name on the sign “Mackinaw City Camp Ground”. I just did not know what it had to offer.
When we pulled off the expressway we first headed towards Mill Creek. This is the big resort up here and I knew that they in fact had room for us. For some reason we chose to turn around and go out to check out the Mackinaw City Camp Ground. I am glad we did, this place was exactly what we were looking for. Now I know I may be letting the cat out of the bag. I actually hope not too many people read this post; it would be nice to keep this little gem a secret. This campground is not very big and is not anything special. It does however have everything we needed for our trip to visit the area. It offers electric, water, restrooms, a dump station and even a grill & fire pit. Better yet, the price is only $15.00 per night. After all we were here to visit the area not the campground.
Friday we took a drive out to Lake Michigan. We discovered some free camping spots near French Farm Lake. Then we headed across the bridge for a scenic trip down US-2 along the north shore of Lake Michigan. We returned home for a nice dinner at Dixie Saloon in Mackinaw City.
Saturday was when we went over to Mackinac Island. The bridge and the island are the two reasons people come up here. The island does not allow any motorized vehicles. The moment I stepped off the ferry I immediately noticed that the place smelled like a big ol’ horse farm.
On the island we rented a couple of bicycles. We started out for the 8 mile trip around the island. Then we rode up to the top of Arch Rock and back down to town past the Grand Hotel to town. All in all we were gone 4 hours and rode over 10 miles. It was great. Made us both feel like kids again.
We returned to Mackinaw City in time to watch 342 Corvettes parade through town on their way across the Mackinaw Bridge to St Ignace. This wrapped up a very nice weekend. I am sorry that after being away from home for over 2 weeks it is now “Go Home Day”.