While it had taken us almost 12 hours to get to Mackinaw City the day before, we spent as much time driving to some of the mainland attractions on Sunday. For those of you who have yet to visit the area, Mackinaw City is located at the northern point of Michagan's main land...at the southern side of the bridge that connects the Michigan peninusla to the mainland. The bridge is five miles long, and spans the Staits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
First on the agenda was Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City. The fort played a significant role in the French and Indian War. As we toured the trader's post, I wasn't sure as to whether Cheryl and Pete had ulterior motives for taking me along for the trip, When they took me in to the building where animal furs and skins were traded in Colonial years, I became just a littttttttle nervous:
When Cheryl had had enough of the history stuff, we headed north (over the bridge) to the Michigan Peninusla, for lunch in Paradise (no kidding) and a visit to the Whitefish Point Lighthouse and the Shipwreck Museum, located at Michigan's northern most pont on the shores of Lake Superior. At this museum, we saw artifacts from several wrecks (most notably, the Edmund Fitzgerald) and we enjoyed the beautiful scenery, too.
Before heading back to Mackinaw for the evening, we made one more stop at the locks between the US and Canadian border to watch a boat navigate the channel between Lake Superior and Lake Huron.