Inside Friske's Orchard store we bought cherry jams, fresh asparagus, cream of asparagus soup, cherry candy and fresh baked cookies. The soup and cookies were lunch. Oh how good it was! After about an hour, we pulled out again to continue today's journey.
I've been looking forward to see another of the Great Lakes and as we finally reached the Strait of Mackinac, I got my chance. Lake Huron is on one side, Lake Michigan is on the other.
|Taken through the coach window, we got some glare.|
|From Bridgeview Park|
And So We Reached the UP (and became Yoopers)..."Yooper" is a common term for residents of the Upper Penisula of Michigan. It is derived from the initials U.P. which is pronounced you-pee. U.P. stands for Upper Peninsula, as opposed to the lower peninsula of Michigan
St Ignace is where we are based for exploration of the area here on the southern fringe of the upper peninsula. Temperatures are noticeably cooler there than where we've been. Unseasonably so, we're told.
|The lighthouse at St Ignace|
Remember Marquette and Joliet?
|Statue of Father Jacques Marquette|
Marquette and Joliet found and explored the Mississippi River in the 1670's. They were the first Europeans to do so.
Fr. Jacques Marquette was a Catholic missionary and explorer. He was born in France. Sometime around 1669 to 1671, he met Louis Joliet, a French-Canadian trader and explorer born near Québec City.
After the Mississippi River expedition, Father Marquette stayed by Lake Michigan; Louis Joliet returned to Québec.
Father Marquette preached among the Illinois Indians until his death in 1675. The location of his remains was forgotten, then found again. He was finally reburied here in St. Ignace.
|At the grave of Father Marquette|
Another day we went back across the bridge to Mackinaw City and explored an American Revolutionary War site along the waterfront. Fort Michilimackinac was built by the French in 1714-1715 to control the fur trade and European development of the upper Great Lakes.
|Another great Michigan lighthouse. |
This one is part of the Fort Michilimackinac State Park along the Mackinaw Strait.
|Ozzie and Lexie wanted their picture taken with Big Mac in the background. Pop and I obliged.|
|Hunt's has two locations in this area. The lady behind the counter explained pasties to me.|
|Our first pasties|
Another attraction in Mackinaw City is the United States Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw docked there. It's a 290' ship decommissioned in 2006 and now serves as a Maritime Museum. We didn't go aboard although the idea of it's work is fascinating. It made a nice photo too, I thought.