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Mackinac Bridge

Mackinac Bridge

St. Ignace harbor on a beautiful day

St Ignace Lighthouse

Mackinac Island behind the lighthouse

Huron Boardwalk in St. Ignace

Mackinaw Boat - in 1899 they actually took these little things out...

Pretty picture

St. Ignace has some classy art!

St Anthony's Rock is a sea stack formed 350 million years ago

Marshmallow roast on the beach

St. Ignace, MI St. Ignace, on the southern tip of the Upper Peninsula, borders the Straits of Mackinac. St. Ignace is at the northern end of the magnificent Mackinac Bridge. The bridge connects the Lower and the Upper peninsulas of Michigan and is quite an engineering feat – it is the world's 17th-longest main span and the longest suspension bridge in the Western hemisphere. Long before the bridge existed, various cultures of Native Americans had inhabited the area for thousands of years. St. Ignace is the second-oldest city founded by Europeans in Michigan and currently has a population of 2,452. The town has a very attractive walkway called the Huron Boardwalk along the downtown waterfront. We walked the entire length of it and then walked the entire length of the main street. Although cold – in the high 40’s and low 50’s – it was a beautiful day. We learned a few things on our walk. The Great Lakes have swallowed up over 10,000 ships since the first trading ship was lost in 1679. Storm waves on the lakes are sharper than the roll and swell of ocean waves; a ship may not recover before being struck by another wave. Lake ships must stay on course in the teeth of a gale to avoid the dangerous shoals that lie submerged outside shipping lanes. The narrow Straits of Mackinac have claimed many ships with swift currents and deadly waves. Quite a few of those wrecks are readily available to sport divers. The cold water has preserved them well. We finished off our evening with a marshmallow roast – flaming gobs of goo in some peoples’ cases. It just requires a little patience to achieve a golden, scrumptious, toasted marshmallow. Maybe next time!

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