On August 9th, we entered Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario Canada. We stayed the Sault Ste. Marie KOA for 7 nights. The city is located right over the border on the Goulais River.
We spent a quiet, low-key week there. The weather was nice, and we enjoyed walking on the waterfront as well as at Bellevue Park.
One day we hiked near the Goulais River. It was a beautiful day for a hike!
We came upon a pretty waterfall while hiking in Odena.
We tried a local favorite treat while in Sault Ste. Marie known as a Beavertail. The super sweet pastry comes in several different flavors, including a vegan one, that Pat and I split.
On August 15th, we crossed the border back into Michigan and arrived in Mackinaw City for a 5-night stay. We stayed at the Mackinac City KOA.
The next day we explored the city and the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. We also visited Colonial Fort Michilimackinac, an18th century fort. The fort was primarily used for fur trading. Since it was dog-friendly, Myah tagged along, too. We spent a couple hours on the grounds learning about the fort's history.
Lighthouse and Fort
Mackinac Island is a 16 minute ferry ride from Mackinaw City. I had heard wonderful things about the island and had put it on my bucket list. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the island, so we decided to take our bikes on the ferry. As we departed the ferry, we felt as if we we were transported back in time. Horse-drawn carriages filled the streets and quaint shops, especially fudge shops, and restaurants were plentiful. We rode our bikes along the 8 mile path around the island while enjoying the amazing views of Lake Huron.
We stopped for a delicious meal lunch at the Caribbean style, Kingston Kitchen at the Village Inn. Pat and both had the Mackinac planked whitefish. I have to say it was one of my favorite meals to date!
After lunch, we stopped at the very elegant Grand Hotel, situated at the top of a hill with beautiful views of the Straits of Mackinac from the "world's longest porch" (according to their website). We walked around the historic hotel for a little while before heading to the dock to catch the ferry back to Mackinaw City. It was an enjoyable day!
The 4 nights in Mackinaw City was over before we knew it, and it was time to move on. We started our journey back to upstate NY on August 19th with a stop at a Harvest Host, Tenacity Brewing, in Flint, MI for 1 night. We were within walking distance of downtown Flint where 2 car shows were going on. Pat had a great time taking pictures of the late model cars.
The next day we headed to Mossley in Ontario, Canada for a 2 night stay at Golden Pond RV Resort as a quick rest stop before entering our former home state of New York to visit family and friends for a couple of weeks.