Up and out of the hotel by 10:00 am and we are on the road in search of roadside attractions.
This first attraction is Three Large Cows in Marquette MI, except there are only 2 today. The 3rd one is on a trailer being hauled to some local event.
We drive along Michigan State 28 which hugs the South shore of Lake Superior. Very pretty scenery.
The next roadside attraction is the Lakenenland Junkyard Art.
Tom Lakenen has created over 60 steel sculptures from scrap metal and has scattered them about his property for viewing.
I will post all of the photos on FLICKR.
We stopped in Christmas Michigan for yet another roadside attraction. The large plywood painted Santa Claus and the gift shop with everything Christmas.
We drove through small towns with names that are barely pronounceable.
Another roadside attraction that we passed are these giant Adirondack chairs.
We have left the Southern shore of Lake Superior behind and now find ourselves driving along the North shore of Lake Michigan.
Near the town of St Ignace MI we stop at another roadside attraction, this is Deer Park and the Leaping Deer statue. We stopped and wandered through the gift shop, but we decided we have seen enough deer in the wild, that there wasn’t much point in paying to see them behind fences.
We are getting our first glimpses of the Mackinac Bridge. We also see the lake freighter Edwin H. Gott that has just passed under the bridge.
Just before we cross over the bridge there is one more roadside attraction to find. This is the American Moose.
We pay our $4.00 toll to cross the bridge and up and over we go.
We crossed the bridge and went directly to our hotel to get checked in for a couple of days. We have a very nice room here in Mackinaw City Michigan.
After we got checked in, I fired up my Marine Traffic app on my iPhone to see what other lake freighters were in the area. Found one that was just about ready to pass under the bridge heading from Lake Huron into Lake Michigan so we walked the short distance from out hotel room to the waterfront.
Here is the Algoway heading into Lake Michigan under the Mackinac Bridge.
While on the waterfront of Mackinaw City, we watched the ferries running back and forth between here and Mackinac Island. There are several different ferry boat companies, but one company seems to have unlimited funds judging by the rooster tail behind their ships… that rooster tail takes a lot of energy to produce and must suck a lot of fuel through the engines in the process.
We strolled through the little village at the waterfront as we walked back to our hotel. Every second shop seems to be selling fudge.
Tomorrow we will take one of the ferries over to Mackinac Island. I refuse to ride on that rooster tail ferry though, that just offends my nautical senses to see such a ridiculous display and waste of energy. We will ride over with a more environmentally respectful ferry company.
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