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Sunday in Michigan

April 12th, 2015

This Sunday was spent driving north across the Mackinac Bridge after spending a marvelous time visiting with family downstate.

The Mackinac Bridge is a suspension toll bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac to connect the Upper and Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. First envisioned in the 1880’s, the bridge wasn’t designed and completed until 1957. The 8,614-foot bridge is known to locals as either ”Big Mac” or the “Mighty Mac”. The Mighty Mac is the world’s 16th longest in total suspension and the longest suspension between anchorages in the Western hemisphere. The town of St. Ignace is on the north end with Mackinaw City on the south.

The "Mighty Mac" over the still partially frozen Straits

The “Mighty Mac” over the still partially frozen Straits.

It was a very nice day so I decided to take my time driving through St. Ignace on the way home. After all, St. Ignace is the gateway for Yooper’s to the southern part of Michigan. Native American’s had inhabited the area for thousands of years before it became Michigan’s second-oldest city founded by Europeans in 1671. The city was named for St. Ignace of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit religious order hoping to convert the Native American population. In the 1880’s it began to be popular as a summer resort and for its connection to Mackinac Island. Since then the city has continued to play the part of a popular summer tourist destination.

Notice the word “summer” in my previous paragraph. That’s a very important word to note because right now it’s April, not summer. And the town is closed for the season. I wanted to visit a very interesting looking shop and tower called the Curio Fair. It was closed.

Curio Fair Tower

Curio Fair Tower

So I got back in the car and heading west and pulled over to see the popular Deer Ranch. It was also closed until May. You can learn more about it at: www.deerranch.com/

Deer Ranch entrance.

Deer Ranch entrance.

Finally I thought I would be ridiculously touristy and follow the giant “Mystery Spot” signs and see what The Mystery Spot was all about. The part of the sign that says open rain or shine doesn’t seem to apply to winter. The “Spot” is also closed for the season. Again, thanks to the wonder of the world wide web you can learn more here: www.mysteryspotstignace.com/

Even with those disappointments I could not be discouraged after the quality time spent with family over the weekend. Thank you Vaughn and Hillary for having me down.

A family very happy to see Spring!

A family very happy to see Spring!

Come on, May!!

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.