A later start than usual to our day due to a night of strong northwest winds coming across the Straits of Mackinaw & giving us a good rocking in the Suite Pea. When we did rise, it was cloudy & a tad bit blustery but thankfully it was a warm breeze. We took a 2 mile stroll along the shoreline while discussing what we would do today. Originally we had planned to lay low here at the campground, soak up some rays at the beach & ride our bikes along the roads gawking at the beautiful scenery & other rigs. Don however, thought it would be a good day to go into town & act like tourists. So off to the junk shops & fudge shops we went. (This area is famous for its fudge, particularly Murdick’s of Mackinac Island fudge).
In 1634 Jean Nicolet came to explore this area & make peace with the Ottawa & Ojibwa Indians. French traders came in 1673 but left when conflict with the local Indians ensued. The French later returned & established Fort Michilimackinac in 1715 which they occupied until the English took it over in 1761. The English abandoned the fort during the American Revolution in order to re-establish it on Mackinac Island. In 1857, Edgar Conkling & Asbury Searles platted the present village of Mackinaw City. The village developed with the arrival of the railroad.
We made straight to the downtown district, parked, & meandered up one side of the street & down the other, stopping at a few places that peaked our interest. Don laid down a few bills at the flavored popcorn shoppe while I picked up a necklace that our 3 year old grandson had requested. A quick stop at a higher end clothing store to purchase a new hoodie to replace the one Don bought here 4 years ago. He wore the old one religiously & I could no longer remove the stains & was growing quite weary of patching it.
Afterwards we dined at a local icon, The Pancake Chef. The restaurant opened up in May 1964 & although its noted for its breakfast, it draws a crowd for its dinner buffet as well. The restaurant has been awarded the prestigious certification as a Approved Place of Hospitality. The establishment is one of only a dozen across the nation & three in Michigan so honored.
Don of course, ordered their special pumpkin recipe pancakes. I had the Michigan black cherry pancakes. Both were served with Michigan maple syrup & the seasonings in the Plath’s sausage patties made them absolutely delicious.
We needed to take a walk after such a filling lunch & headed to the marina to admire the yachts & sailboats.
A visit to Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse was also on the agenda. Old Mac has been a guiding light since 1889 to sailors on the waters of the Straits of Mackinaw, one of the busiest crossroads on the Great Lakes. The light could be seen as far as 16 miles out. In 1958 the lighthouse became a museum & is open for tours daily.
After such a busy day we retired to our Suite Pea to relax & discuss our future visit to the U.P.
Here’s lookin’ at you kid……………………