August 21, 2012

August 21, 2012  Day 102  Mackinaw City, MI  Total miles to date:  1916.1
“It’s opener, out there, in the wide open air.”     Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

We were happy to have a bright sunny sky and calm sea as we departed at 7:30 from Drummond Island for our 60 plus mile run on Lake Huron to Mackinaw City. We had a flat sea until we were about 8 miles from our destination, then we only had waves at 1½ feet. 
One of many ferry boats
The Grand Hotel

The Mackinac Bridge coming into view

We had plenty of photo ops as we approached Mackinac Island on the right, the Mackinac Bridge in front of us, ferry boats with their rooster tail spray going in every direction, and a tow pushing a large barge that we had to increase our speed to avoid.
A fun day on the lake

We arrived at the Straits State Harbor, a very nice and fairly new marina in Mackinaw City, around 2:00 and were immediately greeted by Gold Loopers on Hallelujah.  Within an hour we met more Loopers on Irish Attitude. They just started the loop a few weeks ago. We had both couples over for Docktails on our boat at 5:30. We had such a good visit, we didn’t say goodbye until 8:30.
We plan to travel to Charlevoix tomorrow but are watching the wind forecast closely and will make the decision early in the morning.  We have another long travel day including the Straits of Mackinac.