After getting our US Customs clearance to come back into the US, we left Canada early at 5 AM in the moonlight for the US. Our first stop was Mackinac Island in Michigan.
The Marina at Mackinac Island was nice and central to town and Marquette Park where there was a live concert one night.
We saw a small version of the statue of liberty donated by the Boy Scouts of America —
Seems that there are 200 of these around that the Boy Scouts donated between 1949 – 1952.
Mackinac Island has a downtown lined with bicycles — since there are no cars allowed on the island – only horse and buggy or bikes.
We had dinner at the Pink Pony overlooking the hotel pool and marina and the Ferry back to Mackinaw City from the island.
We rented bicycles and rode around part of the island. There were a lot of hills, so it was easy to get tired.
Fort Mackinac was high above the park overlooking the Marina. We spent some time there and watched the cannon firing demonstration. There were several things to see in the fort – a school, barracks, infirmary, etc. After a long day of touring around we had docktails on the dock with a few other boats doing the great loop.
The last day on Mackinac Island was stormy, with a high of only 62 degrees and 30 MPH winds all day and night. It was probably the worst weather we have had on the Great Loop. It was too windy and the lake was reported to have 6 foot waves so we opted to stay on the island one more day and wait for good weather to head to Mackinaw City.