Upon arrival at the campground, we received a note that friends we met at Fleetwood are staying in the campground. We had recommended this when we left Decatur. Fortunately we arrived two days early as they were leaving on Monday. After settling in we drove into St Ignace for dinner and nice visit. Tried to convince them to stay extra days so we could tour Mackinac Island, but they were committed to arriving in Wisconsin to visit friends. So with a promise to visit them in San Diego on our winter trip south, we parted. Cliff and Jill promised us a sail on their boat.
|Jill and Cliff|
Lakeshore campground is very nice and is on Lake Michigan. It is small, owners very friendly, sites nicely maintained, quiet and short ride into town. If you walk down to the shore, you can see the Mackinac Bridge.
So happy we chose this site instead of staying in Mackinaw City.
Ride across the bridge was windy and glad to get to other side. The bridge is 5 miles. On Labor Day there will be around 70,000 walkers for the annual Labor Day walk. No, not I.Our good friend, Carolyn from Salem who was raised in the UP, told us her father worked on the bridge. It is the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere that opened to traffic in 1957 and crosses the Straits of Mackinac. Lake Michigan to the west and Lake Huron to the east. Michigan is bordered by 4 of the 5 Great Lakes with Ontario being the missing one.
|Crossing the Bridge|
|View of Bridge|
Reference the different spellings of the name..Mackinaw City retained the aw, while the bridge, straits and island cling to the traditional ac spelling. Either way both spellings is always pronounced with aw.