It is time to go to Mackinac Island for our annual bike ride around the island. This is the perfect time of year to ride on the island. The bugs, the people and the temperature are all less than they were earlier in the year.
We set up camp at the casino then hopped on a ferry and made the trip to the island. We are only here for one day so there is a lot to do before we head out in the morning.
It is so nice having our own bikes to ride this year. The new bikes make the ride so much better. Its one of those things we should have done years ago but never did.
We are doing an over-niter at Woodland Park in Grand Marais, Michigan. This was a detour between Ste. Sault Marie and St. Ignace. We love this little town.
We arrived to find the campground was quiet and peaceful but the waves along the shoreline of Lake Superior were really starting to pound against the beach with a vengeance.
Terri and I ran into town for dinner to eat at the West Bay Diner. You wouldn’t think of much from this place but the food is really quite good. Everything is super fresh.
The next morning we packed up to head to St. Ignace and then on to the island.
Let the parade of Ships begin!
Aune-Osborn Campground is the best place in Michigan that we have found to watch the ships on the Great Lakes go by. It is amazing how close you are to the ships as they pass by you on their way to and from the locks just up the river.
It has been quite some time since we were last up here. We have been recommending this place to anyone we know going to the U.P. but had forgotten ourselves just how incredible the place is. Just like most of the places we are stopping at on this trip up to the Upper Pennusila, we just don’t have enough time to stay and enjoy it all.
When you make a reservation at a park you can sometimes be in for quite a surprise when you arrive and see what the campsite actually looks like. This was the case when we arrived at the Straits State Park. It was much nicer than we had expected. The site description and photos gave us the impression that we may have some issues with the size and orientation of the spot we reserved. We assumed it was a close-quarters situation with us directly facing our neighbors.
When we arrived, we were quite pleased to find a large, level, 50 amp campsite. Not at all what we had expected. The park was kept clean. At the Straights State Park, there are upper and lower campground areas. The upper has larger sites while the lower is closer to the water and Mackinac Bridge viewing.
For a dollar, you can catch a trolly ride into St. Ignace. In town, you can grab a bite to eat, do some shopping or just find a spot to watch the ferries cross back and forth from the island. If you have never been to Mackinac Island you will want to make sure you make the time to do this as well. It is a trip by itself.
Currently, we are back at the Bay City State Park to spend some time with the grandkids before our trip up north. The kids just love the Spray By The Bay, which is the park’s splash pad. There is also a nice playground as well as the beach on the shore of Saginaw Bay. We all had a blast!
Here I am posing next to the infamous Big Booty Tree. The kids thought this was just hilarious.