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Memorable Michigan, Part Two

A few weeks ago I recounted the first few days of our recent bus trip to Mackinac Island, Michigan. The next days were equally as fun. Read on to learn about what we experienced during the last leg of our trip.

After spending the night at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, we got up early - 5:30 am - to see the sunrise over Lake Huron. Unfortunately it was quite cloudy and not nearly as spectacular as it could have been.

We spent the rest of the morning downtown checking out a few more shops and then enjoyed people watching on the porch of a hotel. The ferry took us back to our bus around noon and we traveled west along the Upper Peninsula and then south to Green Bay, Wisconsin. Since our hotel was located close to Lambeau Field - home of the Green Bay Packers - Tom and I opted to find another option instead of eating at the hotel. After a fun dinner at the Stadium View Sports Bar we walked around Lambeau Field, saw statues of Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi, and saw up close the houses across the street from the stadium. Many of them were painted green and gold and had rooftop patios. A great way to take in the atmosphere on football Sundays.

Day five took us on a tour of Door County, Wisconsin. We saw huge waves on Lake Michigan at Cave Point County Park and a cute Swedish restaurant called Al Johnson’s with grass growing on the roof at Sister Bay. Sometimes they have live goats on the roof eating the grass but it was too windy that day. The highlight of the day was a fish boil at Pelletier’s in Fish Creek - definitely the best meal we had even though we opted for the chicken. I know! That was dumb! But we really didn’t understand what it was all about. Next time one of us will order the fish and one will order the chicken. That way we can split and have a little of each. We also stopped at a couple of roadside markets - one featured cherries where we bought cherry butter and cherry salsa and the other featured cheese where we bought a jar of queso blanco. That evening we spent the night in Fond du Lac.

Our final day was mostly spent traveling back home. We were disappointed not to be able to make a stop in Dubuque but still enjoyed the drive through a place where we spent so much time when Lindsay was in college. Our lunch stop was at the Amana Colonies in Iowa where the bus stopped right next to my favorite quilt shop - Heritage Designs! As a result I did a little shopping before we found lunch at a cute little sandwich shop. We also had time to check out the International Christmas Market and General Store - both are full of all sorts of fun things to look at.

We approached this trip as somewhat of an experiment. Would we enjoy riding on a bus for long hours with lots of people we didn’t know? Would we be OK with having to put our luggage outside our door so early every morning? Would we like being told what to do and where to go? Absolutely yes on every account! The trip was so relaxing and stress-free when we could leave the driving and the planning to someone else. We are ready to travel that way again and have already signed up for our next trip! Stay tuned for the adventures of our next destination! Here’s a hint – GBR!!

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