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2011/215: Summer Roadtrip, Michigan Part 5

On Monday, July 11, we got to see a little bit of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. After a quick stop at Wawatam Lighthouse in St. Ignace, we headed north to Whitefish Point Lightstation at Lake Superior. This was our worst weather day on this trip, and it started to rain a little just as we got to the lighthouse. I quickly snapped a few pictures, and went to the beach to take some pictures of Lake Superior (never did get my feet wet in it) and then went back to the car to keep the camera dry while I waited for Greg and the girls, and then we drove to Tahquamenon Falls. It started raining heavily at times, and we weren’t sure if we would get to see any waterfalls. It was still raining when we got to the Lower Falls, and we ran from the car to the restrooms, and then hung out at the gift shop until the rain let up a little. We were in there for quite a while, always keeping an eye on the rain, and making a run back to the car as soon as we got a chance. We got a very quick look at the Lower Falls on the way back, but I had left the camera in the car, so there are no pictures. They weren’t very impressive anyway.
We still took a chance with the Upper Falls, but when we arrived, Melissa and I decided to wait in the (huge!) gift shop while Greg and Sara went to look for the waterfall. There were no maps around the parking lot to let you know how far you had to walk. When they finally came back and found us at the gift shop, they were soaking wet from the rain! Their jackets were soaked through, and Sara was shivering from the cold. We had dry clothes in the suitcase, but no way to get to them without getting everything wet. And no other jacket. Greg and Melissa went to the restaurant next door to the gift shop, while Sara and I searched for a new jacket or sweatshirt for her. Thankfully I found one that was fairly reasonably priced (still expensive, but cheaper than most of the other ones they had) and I got it in a bigger size to give her room to grow into. I asked the cashier to cut off the tags, and Sara was able to wear it right away and get warm again. We joined Greg and Melissa at the restaurant for lunch, and by the time we were done, the rain had stopped and the sun was out again. Greg said that the falls were really nice, so I got the camera out of the car, and we all went to the Upper Falls. There were lots of steps up and down, but it was fun, and worth it!
After the falls we made our way south again, across the Mackinac Bridge into the Lower Peninsula, and along Lake Michigan. Our scheduled stop was Petoskey, because supposedly petoskey stones are very common there. On our way through town we stopped at Mackinaw Trail Winery for some wine tasting, and then Magnus Park to look for petoskey stones. We didn’t have any luck at all, but the hotel (another Holiday Inn Express) was really pretty, AND when Greg went inside to ask if they had any rooms, they said we could take their limousine to dinner at no extra charge if we wanted to! We relaxed in our room for a while, chose Bob-In Again for dinner and then went to the lobby to see if the limo was available. As luck would have it, the restaurant was at the very edge the driver was willing to go (something about traffic being really slow further out, because everyone slows down to enjoy the beautiful view of the lake). He dropped us off at the restaurant, gave Greg his card and told him to call when we wanted him to pick us up again. Before he left, he told us that it was really easy to get to the lake from the hotel, and if we wanted to go for a walk after dinner, we can just let him know where we are and he would pick us up. Sounded good to us! We even ordered dessert after dinner, and then walked along the lake before calling the limo driver to come and pick us up.

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12 responses

  1. I’m loving the trip just wish I had found it sooner! I feel connected to the way you and your family have fun it sounds so much like my family when the getting wet is no big thing just laugh and deal with it! I need to get a map and see where all these places are, I will take a look on the web. I have placed you on my bog list. Do come and see what I get up to on mine!

    3. August, 2011 at 05:20

  2. I think you’ve officially traveled more throughout the state than I have!! 😉 I have actually never been to Tahquamenon Falls. Love the photos!! That’s awesome that you guys got to take a limo to dinner – I’ve never heard of a Holiday Inn Express doing that before!

    3. August, 2011 at 07:07

    • LOL It’s always like that, that the State you live in is the one you travel the least, isn’t it? You’ll have to see the Falls some day… but be warned, one of the signs, that tells you how many steps it is, is a LIE!!! I can’t remember the number (100-something) but it was well over 200!! The one with the 90-something steps is correct.

      3. August, 2011 at 10:42

  3. How cool is that? A limo for dinner? Really neat – and I bet the kids loved it. You guys make the most out of these vacations for sure. I’ve never been to any of the Great Lakes and you’ve hit 2 in a short time. I really need to get out and see at least one of them. It feels strange hearing about Little Traverse Bay here when I am used to hearing about it from Kathy and Gerry.

    3. August, 2011 at 09:26

    • You know… we actually drove through Torch Lake Township, and as soon as I saw the sign, I realized that this is where Gerry lives! Had NO idea we would be going through there.

      3. August, 2011 at 10:38

  4. Michaela, I’m loving catching up on your Michigan pics. They make me more than a little homesick….and I’m still here in Michigan (for 2 more days). Hope you guys go back again. There’s so much more to see and do…like the Leelanau Wine Trail, of course. 🙂

    3. August, 2011 at 10:30

    • Thanks so much, Lisa! We will DEFINITELY go back!! Hopefully next year! We want to look into renting a cabin somwhere in the center of the Upper Peninsula, and just take little day trips to all the destinations we want to see up there.
      Yes, we didn’t do the Leelanau Wine Trail this time… we’ll have to do it next time.
      So sorry you only have 2 days left 😦

      3. August, 2011 at 10:36

  5. doreen3boys

    wow, a limo ride? that’s awesome, never heard of a hotel offering that before. You certainly did a ton while on vacation, no rest for weary 🙂

    3. August, 2011 at 15:56

  6. It’s been years since we visited Taquamanen Falls. What a fun time reading about your trip!

    5. August, 2011 at 14:37

  7. I love all of the lighthouses! They are so different and beauitfully unique. I like the sign about how high you shoes are 🙂 Looks like you’ve had a great holiday!

    5. August, 2011 at 17:11

  8. love these!! haven’t been there since i was a kid.

    8. August, 2011 at 12:41

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