Saturday was a nice day to go across the water from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City. The Ferry did cause a little rocking on the short trip (7 miles) to the mainland.
Once in Mackinaw City we did a walk around and found some history about the city, an arts and crafts outdoor market, and some shops.
One very interesting place was an indoor Italian restaurant decorated with a bunch of taxidermy. They also had beer and wine tasting.
We had dinner at this great bar called the Key — there must have been 10,000 keys all over this place. We met a couple of guys at dinner from Jamaica, and Larry showed them all his bar tricks.
The next day, we took a long walk out of town to check out a nearby walking trail — well it was about 4 miles out of town so ended up being 8 miles walking round trip. On the way to the park, we ran across the Heritage Village — a historic outdoor museum town — it was very interesting and we got there just as the sky opened up and poured the rain down on us. Luckily we got under this Welcome Center and Store building and the rain didn’t last too long. There was a 1922 pickup and a 19 10 metered gas pump inside the store building.
There was one quarantine building — they called this the Pest House. Interesting how things back then seem way too familiar to what is happening today with COVID.
We continued on to the trail at the Headlands – International Dark Sky Park. It had cooled off from the rain, so we stayed on the roadway since all the trails were muddy. There was an interesting audio program that we listened to about the constellations as we walked to the stargazing building.
We were quite tired after the 8 miles so stopped to have a cold one before retiring back to the boat for the night.