A Full-time RVer's Problem...Where to Next?
Well, it's true! We had accomplished the two objectives we scheduled to do on this trip. With our Texas domicile process and the Alliance Rally event behind us, we now pondered which way to head back west. The original plan was to travel south and west from Holland, MI via Chicago, IL towards South Dakota to see the Badlands and Mount Rushmore. I wasn't keen on the idea of traveling through Chicago. After our visits with the Swain's and True's we considered their suggestion of heading north to the "UP" aka Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Longer distance but less a traveling headache and beautiful scenery along the way.
We decided to take their advise and boy, so happy we did! Hands down, this has been the best part of the journey so far. Gumby (...to be explained later), Karen and I are all having a great adventure. After crossing the Mackinac Bridge we arrived late on Memorial Day in St. Ignace, MI and headed to our campsite in the Strait's State Park for two days of exploration. With the holiday crowds gone, we drove down to the Shepler's Ferry office to order tickets to Mackinac Island for Tuesday, May 31. We also purchased the additional ticket for our bikes.
An eighteen minute ferry ride separates you from the dock at St. Ignace and the magical Mackinac Island. The island has significant history and is meticulously maintained. No motor vehicles are allowed on the island, except of course, emergency vehicles. Horse drawn carriages, carts and wagons abound. Bicycles are everywhere and the primary mode of transportation for many of the local "U-Pers".
After a stop at the local Starbuck's for coffee, Karen and I started on the eight mile trek around the island. Guess what we found? The tulips we missed in Holland were in abundance on Mackinac island!
Curious about the rest of the Mackinac Island adventure? You'll have to wait for the rest of the story in the next blog post.
But here's a trivia question for all of you: What Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour movie was filmed at this location? Post your answer on the response tab.