Monday, July 26, 2010

Straight over the Straits

Sunday was an excellent day for travel. We continued our survey of Michigan's Lake Huron Lakeshore starting from our Walmart camp in Tawas City and traveled through places like Au Sable, Alcona, Alpena, Rogers City, and Cheboygan. The shoreline is generally sandy but mostly private -- precious few places to pull over, pull out a chair, and dabble your toes in the lake.

About 2pm the bus-house pulled onto I-75 at Mackinaw City and started over the Mackinac Bridge -- it's third time over in three years. The first time was almost exactly three years ago when I reported on the locally correct pronunciations of the words Mackinac and Mackinaw. Just on the other side is Straits State Park which research indicated was probably the best of limited camping options in the area. We didn't have reservations opting instead to just "show up" and hope for the best -- a strategy that worked this time. Because the campground is old and really not designed for things like the bus-house there was only one site available that would work for us -- long and level.

The State of Michigan is proud of their campgrounds, however, as the charge for our site was $29/night plus all the entrance fees and park stickers and falala. I'll have to check but I think this may be the most we've paid since staying at the French Quarter RV Park in New Orleans back in the Spring of '09 where we had full hookups, a private pool, sauna, etc. Here at Straits State Park we have electric power... that's it. Alright... enough grumbling.

We'll be here until Thursday. And what will we explore during those three days?? Hmmm?