September 2012                Page 5

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Sept 11- Mackinac Bridge


Our first view was from the state park on the UP side.  Didn't realize that this bridge is the world's largest, about 1000 feet longer than the Golden Gate.




  Some local color already.



Lighthouse on the other side and a picture frame with some words by Abraham Lincoln on a wall inside.


Drove down the west coast of Lake Micihigan.  Drove through the forest tunnel road (through trees whose branches arched on both sides to create a tunnel-like effect) from Good Hart to close to Harbor Springs.   That last was a very wealthy community, judging by the many large mansions we saw.  We stayed eventually at Petosky State Park on Lake Michgan.





What a spectacular sunset.




Sept 12 - Petosky State Park


We enjoyed our stay here - spent two nights.  See some of the things we saw:








Picture od state parks on the west shore of Lake Michigan.



We were hunting for petosky stones here, but found few.  These are stones which have small marine fossils in them.


Sept 13 - with the Merritts


We found more petosky stones  later the next day when we passed through Chaarlevoix, and made our way to the beach there.



 We continued to Traverse City to met with friends, Duane and Pam Merritt.  Came just in time for his birthday!  They are Sowers and we have worked with them in Colorado.



Went to supper at a great Traverse City restaurant.  Had this "crazy animals in a boat" thing there.  Later treated to another great sunset.



Sept 14

 They drove us into town to see the sights. The salmon were making their way upstream this time of year, and we watched as they were being caught to capture their eggs for a fish hatchery. Walked downtown and also saw fudge being made.  




Sept 15 - to Leland and Fish Town


Drive day with the Merritts up 22 to Suttons Bay.  Suttons bay was a picturesque town:



Then off west to Leland and Fish Town for lunch at the Cove restaurant.  Leland is a great harbor village with several eateries and gift shops.












Had a great time here with Duane and Pam.


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