Deb and I had a great time on our first mini adventure vacation last weekend. We left her house at 7am on Friday and made it to Mackinaw City about 10:30am. We started the day out shopping and wandering around the many shops. The smell of fudge permeated the air! After lunch we walked a couple of miles along the shore line looking at the beautiful homes.
In the afternoon we headed across the bridge to St Ignace. We started out climbing Castle Rock (almost 200 feet above sea level). This is such a neat tourist trap! You have to pay 50 cents to climb the stairs and then when you come back down, you can have your picture taken in front of giant statues of Paul Bunyan and his Blue Ox. (The legend according to the pamphlet is that Paul scooped out the Great Lakes with his hands). When we were done in town we headed west about 15 minutes to the sand dunes so we could walk along Lake Michigan. We walked around for over an hour along the shore just laughing and talking.
St Ignace has changed so much since the summer I lived there. As a kid no one stopped in Mackinaw City unless you needed gas to get across the bridge. There was nothing there to see. It is actually quite sad because the situation is reversed and now St Ignace has practically folded up. Mackinaw City has built itself up so much with an amphitheater, and cute shops that people don’t feel the need to actually drive across the bridge anymore. I was shocked at how many of the mom and pop restaurants and motels were closed up now. Never fear though, Murdicks fudge was still open! Whew! We bought a couple of different kinds of fudge to snack on that evening. Man it was good!