I’m a bit confused on the spelling…
Mackinaw City, Mackinac Bridge, Mackinaw Mill Camping, Mackinac Island.
It’s like the Michigan spelling police took turns with C or W.
What I do know for sure, is that we had a fantastic time on our Mackinaw City, Michigan Vacation, and I completely recommend going there with your family.
If you don’t have any idea of where this may be…it’s at the TIP of Michigan (the lower peninsula).
When you see Lake Michigan on a map, that’s going in the right direction.
The first thing we did was start a fire and crack open the pistachios.
We stayed at the Mackinaw Mill Creek Camp Grounds…in the cabins.
The “Bridgeview Cabin” to be exact.
We got just what they promised…a bridge view.
Keep in mind, they have areas for tents and RV campers, too.
We had neighbors to both sides (and met some nice folks), which was great when we got spooked, but not so great when “baby wendy” cried next door 🙁
We enjoyed a view of the Mackinac Bridge, all while in the comfort of our own 6 person cabin with electric, water, and many other amenities including heat if needed (it’s a bit chilly up there).
The shower was better than ours at home…not kidding.
We paid roughly $200/night.
Totally worth it with that beautiful view.
It was only a short 3 1/2 hour drive from home for us.
One of my favorite things to do is just get cozy, and prep our nest.
I think the place was decorated and cozi-fied in less than 20 minutes.
I’ve always wanted open shelving in my kitchen. Woohoo!!
We needed to bring all linens, cooking/camping equipment, personal items, and food.
I brought rugs, lots of them…a total must for camping.
We also had to purchase wood & ice since the fridge is pretty small.
We connected as a family, and got off the internet (even though some of the sites can connect to wifi).
We ate popcorn and told spooky stories.
The stars…WAY BRIGHTER UP NORTH.
We had smores dip…
Oh, now what have we here?
The 3 little pigs, Sam, Fred, & Tony?
Yes, below you see pizza on the grill…
We ventured even further North to the Michigan Upper Peninsula to the famous….
We pronounce it TOE QUAN A MON.
Holy cow, they were breath taking.
We were able to get super close, too.
(fyi-we went to the “upper”)
Next we headed on a ferry to Mackinac Island.
No cars allowed.
We got a little wet. It was windy. Some enjoyed it more than others.
By far, the best parts of Mackinac Island, from the parts we were able to get to, were the Mackinac Fort, the chocolate fudge ice cream, and the view.
Oh wait, we had good fish tacos, too.
You could rent a bike and ride around the island, but we opted to eat instead.
Unfortunately, we had a cloudy day, but still…you get the idea.
That cannon was at the top of the fort. I was extremely dizzy up there, but ready to learn.
This was the main strip…a bit too busy for us.
Fudge shops everywhere.
All this exercise and outdoors made our appetites EXPLODE.
We were eating a lot, but still seemed to burn it all off so fast.
I got a little nutty and tried baking bread in our crock pot since we didn’t have an oven.
Um…it worked pretty well.
HOW TO MAKE CROCK POT BREAD
First, I let it rise in the greased crock pot. Our store bought frozen dough was already thawed previously.
If yours is frozen it will take longer to rise.
(When you let it rise, cover it with the top-this will take several hours. I just left it for the day.)
Once it rose, I kept it covered and baked it on high for about 2 hours and 15 minutes*.
* Important: You have to flip it (with a spatula) at around the 1 1/2 hour mark to get it browned on both sides.
All crockpots are different, so monitor this the first time.
It was about 2 inches thick and really good.
Crispy on the outside and perfect on the inside.
The cabin smelled amazing and I’m sure the other campers were wondering what we were doing while they ordered Jets Pizza.
If baking bread in the crock pot scares you…maybe you can try grilling it instead.
These are both great alternatives if you don’t have an oven.
Then if all that trouble really freaks you out…there are plenty of fabulous restaurants in the Mackinac area.
There were so many we had a hard time choosing.
We had all you can eat crab…and all you can eat shrimp.
Did you know Mackinac is famous for their fudge?
After all that eating….time to exercise.
That’s Rick out there.
What a view 😉
Oh, almost forgot…
we flew a kite!
We even lit a Chinese lantern for a friend fighting cancer.
It blew right over the beautiful Mackinac bridge that connects the lower Michigan peninsula to the upper peninsula.
I told Rick to PULL OVER so I could take this photo while we were on our way fishing.
I swear that was Black Beauty out there.
Speaking of beauty…
Not me, him.
We celebrated 21 years while there. 🙂
Couldn’t have spent it in a better spot.
Then again, as long as I have him with me…I don’t care where I am.
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