We had the pleasure of having my aunt from Vancouver, BC, out to visit for 10 days and it was so much fun! We hadn’t seen her since last spring, when we were out west for a visit. It was nice to catch up and show her around our neck of the woods! We had several adventures, but one of our biggest was a day trip up to Mackinac Bridge and into the U.P. There’s so many amazing things to see in Northern Michigan and the bridge never disappoints, even for us “locals.”
We got up to the bridge right around lunch time. My aunt has food allergies, just like my kids, so we packed up a big picnic lunch full of safe and yummy snacks for everyone. Turkey sandwiches, fruit, salad, chips and salsa…we had it made! We ate lunch near the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, careful to not end up in a pile of geese poop haha…the birds are abundant here, looking for any snack they can find!
Having fun with their great aunt Barbie. Lark was chilly and her jacket was back in the car. My aunt fashioned her a cape of sorts out of a reusable shopping bag. Lark thought it was the best thing ever!
Both of my kids absolutely love grapes! They thought it was hilarious to watch dad try and catch them in his mouth by throwing them up into the air. He missed a few 😉
Both kids just adore auntie Barbie and she pretty much caters to their every whim! We are so thankful for the time we got to spend with her this last week.
The bridge is always a sight to behold. The Mackinac Bridge is currently the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world. In 1998, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan became the longest with a total suspension of 12,826 feet. The Mackinac Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere. Those aren’t my words, they came from the official website, but they know the facts better than I do haha…It’s a huge bridge and a major piece of Michigan history. It’s always fun to see the kids get excited about the giant bridge!
The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is pretty cool too. You can actually go up inside of it, but we’ve yet to do that as the kids are still a bit small for it. Again, some facts from the official website:
A point in the storm and a guiding beacon since 1889, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse helped passing ships navigate through the treacherous waters of the Straits of Mackinac. There’s just as much to see from the top of the tower as inside the original buildings. Authentically restored quarters and exhibits, including the original lens and an audiovisual program, Shipwrecks of the Straits, make this “Castle of the Straits” a true gem of the Great Lakes.
We wandered along the shore for a bit, so the kids could throw rocks, of course! Lark still sporting the latest in DIY cape-wear…It was fairly chilly and the water was cold, but it didn’t stop them from getting their toes wet!
The kids found a friend along the way of the furry sort. They absolutely love dogs, especially Arlo. I’m happy to let them pet all of them, since I have zero plans of having a dog of our own anytime soon 😉
More on our bridge adventures soon! And still get caught up on other photos from the summer so far! If you’re ever up in northern Michigan, take a minute to stop and visit the bridge. You won’t regret it!