Vacation II Photos

Some of you may be thinking “Hey, we already had a round of vacation photos from 2012!”

You are correct, but we took another vacation so now you must endure another set of photos and recap.

I suppose you don’t have to, since you are free to browse to another blog instead of reading this one.

Day 1: Going UP

We drove to the Western Hemisphere’s longest suspension bridge:

road sign showing the distance to the Mackinac Bridge

Then we drove across it:

view of the Mackinac Bridge while driving over it


Then we stopped, just before reaching Canada, at the vacation house we had rented:

vacation house

Not much – 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1 kitchen, and 1 living room. It was remote:

vacation house from the backyard

So remote, in fact, that we had neither internet nor cell coverage. We were off the Net for a whole week.

Here is the view from the beach behind the house. Note that you can see some land across the lake. That land is Canada.

view of Canada from Brimley, MI

Clarification: we could get a cell signal, but it came across the water from Canada. My phone informed me that international roaming charges were $15.36/MB! Since that is ridiculously expensive, we kept our phones off for most of the time. On the couple of days that we drove the 30 minutes to the city, we could get a non-roaming signal then. Rather, my wife could. I was driving, so I left my phone off.

Day 2: Free Day

This was going to be a stay-at-the-house-and-relax day, but by the time 9:30 rolled around we knew the kids needed more direction than just “stop annoying your brother!”

So we drove to the closest city – Sault Sainte Marie.

We saw the ships going through the locks.

We wandered around downtown, stopping in trinket/souvenir shops and also buying some fudge.

The rest of the day was spent in the backyard, throwing rocks in the water.

throwing rocks into Lake Superior

throwing rocks into Lake Superior

Day 3: Tahquamenon Falls

We drove just over an hour to see the second-largest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.

children looking at the lower Tahquamenon Falls

The upper Tahquamenon Falls

The upper Tahquamenon Falls

children looking at the upper Tahquamenon Falls

The older two boys liked hiking on the trails and wanted to do more. The 3rd child wanted to be carried everywhere. We kept the baby in the stroller so we wouldn’t have to dive in the river to rescue him.

Travel Tip: They have a lot of paved trails (or boardwalks), so you can take strollers to all the important spots.

The Falls had the best gift shop of the whole week. The best part was that the ice cream shop (right next to the gift shop) was very reasonably priced. Since it was the only show in town, I figured it would mark up the prices.

Day 4: Bad Bug, Bad Bug

This was the day described in yesterday’s post. Since you know the story (and if not, you should follow the link to read the story), let me show some photos.

Putt-putt:

Miniature golf in Sault Sainte Marie

Lunch (the decor does not let you forget that you are up north):

the decor of the Antler's restaurant - lots of taxidermy and skulls mounted on the walls and ceiling

A tour of a freighter (long since decommissioned):

children touring an old Great Lakes freighter

an old Great Lakes freighter, now a museum

And then we drove back to the vacation house.

Day 5: The Great Turtle

We drove about an hour to the ferry dock. Then we rode on a boat for about 25 minutes:

view from the boat on the ride over to Mackinac Island

Then we toured Mackinac Island – the land of fudge and the fort and no cars.

view of the Mackinac Island harbor from the island

view of a Mackinac Island street

view of the barracks hall on the Mackinac Island fort

That took all day. The fort was a great place for the older 3 kids – they all enjoyed it. The thing that captivated them the most was when the soldiers demonstrated some battlefield maneuvers that involved firing their guns.

Day 6: Nothing

At the house, inside and outside, for the day.

In the afternoon, we took a 2-hour break from the house to drive to a nearby state park. The activities there were pretty much what we could do in the backyard of the vacation house, but it was something different so it occupied the boys’ attention.

view of Lake Superior

Day 7: Whitefish Point

Another hour drive.

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is small. It’s just one large room. The displays are interesting enough, but the boys spent more time walking on the shore and throwing rocks into the waves. Don’t expect the museum itself to take much time.

looking at the exhibits inside the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

What I didn’t realize beforehand is that the museum is only one part of the admission price. You also get to visit the lighthouse keeper’s house, see a movie about the Edmund Fitzgerald, and visit the Coast Guard boathouse thingy.

Parts of it were interesting, but I don’t know that it was worth the drive. If you want to tour one museum in the area, I’d recommend the old freighter (Valley Camp) in Sault Ste. Marie over this one.

Day 8: Drive Home

After an hour drive, we stopped at Castle Rock. It’s only a dollar per person, and the kids had been asking to do it, so we stopped. I went up with the older two, so it cost us $3 total. There were about 170 steps, but the view was decent. If you like watching freeways, then the view was awesome.

looking at Castle Rock in St. Ignace, MI

the view from Castle Rock, looking north

the view from Castle Rock, looking south

Then we drove some more.

Then we stopped for a potty break.

Then we drove some more.

Then we stopped for dinner.

Then we drove some more.

Then we got home.

Other than a mouse that got caught in a trap earlier in the week and so by the time we got home it was very dead and also smelly, the house was fine.

The End.

To whom I gave the wilderness for a home
And the salt land for his dwelling place?

Job 39:6

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2 Responses to “Vacation II Photos”

  1. phoebe Says:

    We had no cell coverage or internet either for our vacation. It’s a little disconcerting, but then you get used to it. Looks like you had a great beach. Was it warm enough to swim in?

  2. Some Guy Says:

    It was warm. Warmer than I ever remember Lake Michigan being. Warmer than the Maranatha pool. Or maybe it just seemed warm because I was expecting Lake Superior to be in the 40s. But it wasn’t just me – the boys would willingly go into the water and play there for a while.

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