When we woke up this morning, the rain had subsided but the winds had picked up. They were now gusting to 30 miles per hour at the campground, and I assume more at the bridge. Nevertheless, we packed up our camp and headed off for the Mackinac Bridge. This bridge is 5 miles long. When it was built (who remembers the year from a previous post?) it was the longest suspension span in the United States. At it’s apex the roadway is 200 feet in the air.
When we arrived at the bridge, the winds had subsided to around 10 miles per hour. No trouble crossing the bridge.
Upon reaching our campground we asked the host, as usual, if anything special was going on in the area. He informed us that the annual Wild Blueberry Festival was concluding it’s three days of celebration “just down the road.” In the Upper Peninsula their concept of distance is a little different than us city folk. We kept driving and driving, and driving. The festival was 46 miles “down the road”, just outside the town of Paradise, Michigan, on Lake Superior.
Is that blueberry pie, with ice-cream and whipped cream, and blueberry sauce on top you are eating?
We travelled another 11 miles to the Whitefish Point Light Station. It now had turned out to be a beautiful clear day as a result of the wind.
You can see Canada across Lake Superior.
We came across Popeye the Sailor’s old tugboat.
Mackinaw City, MI to Newberry, MI 84.2 miles
2 hours 3 minutes