Mackinac Island

De Tour Reef Light
De Tour Reef Light

We left the Soo on July 7 and headed for De Tour Village at the end of the St. Mary’s River. A very nice little marina but needing a little unwind time, Dan and I did not even walk into the town. Next time.

Getting a rather late start on the 8th we headed for Mackinac Island arriving mid-afternoon. Mackinac was the only marina that required advance reservations and we planned for three nights to ensure we had plenty of time to explore. Dewey and Mar Flynn were also aboard their powerboat Inisfree (fellow GLCC members).

Mackinac was an interesting experience – absolutely packed with tourists who are riding bikes at wild speeds, pedestrians walking wherever (with dogs), and just a few horses to add to the excitement. I would recommend increasing your life insurance prior to arrival.

No trip to Mackinac would be complete without a visit to the Grand Hotel for lunch. Niels and Vicki treated us for the event, which was exceptionally nice considering that lunch at the Grand Hotel may require a second mortgage. I won’t say more about it other than through pictures:

Our ride to the Grand Hotel - perhaps not the most elegant view...
Our ride to the Grand Hotel – perhaps not the most elegant view…
Dan and Julie on The Porch
Dan and Julie having Bellini’s on the Porch at the Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel Desserts
The dessert table at the Grand Hotel lunch – way too many choices!

Dan at Mackinac


Gaviidae at Mackinac Island
Gaviidae at Mackinac Island

July 8-10, 2015     45° 50.975’N  84° 36.949’W     376.5 Nautical Miles

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