Last Wednesday Rich and I, along with my brother Don and sister-in-law Linda, took a quick, 4-day trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
We started at our house in Plymouth. My brother drove so he picked us up a about 9:00 am. We went all the way to Sault St. Marie (pronounced Soo) on the first day, about a 4-5.5 hour drive. It's about 4 hours to the Mackinaw Bridge and another hour or so to Sault St Marie after that.
We took our time and got to the Mackinaw Bridge at about 1:30 or so. We had lunch at a restaurant in Mackinaw City called Dixie Saloon.
Here is Linda and I in front of one of the ferry docks to Mackinaw Island. We did not go to the island this trip.
After lunch we drove to a park that has a good view of the Mackinaw Bridge so we could take some pictures before crossing it. This just happens to be the season for midge flies up there and they were swarming so bad in the park and by the water that we could hardly stand to be outside of the car more or less get a good picture of the bridge! Yuck!
This was the best I could do really quick before I was covered with bugs! Luckily they are not biting bugs!
We crossed the bridge and arrived in Sault St. Marie about around 4:00. The first thing we did after we checked into our hotel was go to the Soo Locks. These are locks built between Lake Superior and Lake Huron.
Just a brief history: Before the locks were built there was a rapids between Lake Superior and Lake Huron that dropped 21 feet in less than a mile. Therefore, ships could not pass between the lakes. The Soo Locks opened in 1885.