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St. Ignace & the Mackinac Bridge @ Michigan

21 Sep

On our drive up to the City of Munising for our sea kayaking trip on Lake Superior, we made an impromptu stop in St. Ignace.  We entered St. Ignace and the Straits of Mackinac area after crossing the Mackinac Bridge.  Which by the way, a few local Michiganian’s told me that crossing this bridge can be scary, and after crossing some pretty tall and scary bridges in Texas, I started to worry.

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Crossing this bridge was no big deal.  Shocking to read that huh?  Coming from me, who gets scared stepping on top of a bucket because it’s too high above the ground.

I found the views beautiful.

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It seemed that there was always a storm right on the outskirts wherever we were.  Thankfully it did not rain on us and ruin our photo opportunities.

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After the bridge we decided to find a place to eat, but couldn’t help to stop again and take in the view of St. Ignace Municipal Marina, which is located in downtown St. Ignace. The skies could not be more perfect.

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Next to the marina is Mackinac Grille, which I think had one of the best views of the downtown area and the marina.

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See the lighthouse in the background?

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An interesting character, isn’t he?

We had whitefish bites and shrimp!

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The whitefish was tastier than I thought.

One of the Michigan blogs that I follow mentioned making a stop at Manley’s Fish Market for smoked fish dip if ever in the area of St. Ignace so, of course, I made a stop.

As soon as I entered the small wooden house that is Manley’s Fish Market, I was hit with a wall that smelled of nothing but smoke, which I love.  I always find it interesting when smells remind me of memories.  My first thought was of my uncle Danny, in our backyard, smoking fish or a turkey. Yum!

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From St. Ignace, Munising was less than two hours away and we really wanting to fit in AuSable Point Lighthouse before sunset, but more on that experience another day.  Happy Friday!