Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Mackinaw Island Getaway - Part Two

Day two/part two of being on Mackinaw Island (part one here) started off a bit rainy.

I thought it best the kids wear their rainboots as not to get any (ahem) horse mess on their shoes.

We loved the ride around the island so much the day before that we decided to do it again.  Plus, Henry was all about seeing how fast we could get around the island while on bikes.


The day before both kids had been on tag-a-longs, which allowed for them to pedal at their own pace.  However, as we were renting our bicycles we were highly advised not to rent a tag-a-long due to there not being a fender behind the adult rear wheel.  Instead we rented tandum bicycles and Henry was NOT happy about it.  Not at all.  Had he been just a few inches taller, all would have been fine, but we couldn't quite keep up with the pedaling since his feet couldn't reach the pedals anytime it'd go down.  But we assured him that the alternative would be a mess and that the people renting out the bikes knew what they were talking about.

Henry sported a pouty face for probably 3 or 4 miles of our ride.  We ate lunch and he seemed to warm up to the idea...as long as we kept pedaling fast to get around the island as quickly as possible (which Jon and I tooootally weren't doing, by the way - but he seemed to think we were ;) ).



We eventually decided to take a detour, which also took some convincing since Henry was all about making this leisurely ride around a quaint island comparable to Tour de France.

He allowed it, as long as whoever he was riding with was beating Eliza.  I guess we had a competitive spirit that day!  Geesh!

We were happy he obliged.  There was so much to explore...



Cemetary...



A really pretty hidden park...


A trail we found...named, "Henry Trail."  Henry thought it was the coolest thing ever and started walking the trail to go "find candy," not sure where that came from.  We had to tell him to come back!  LOL!




Skull Cave...



Sugar Loaf...




My little family standing next to Sugar Loaf...


Riding through the quiet trails with my favorite little boy...



We made it back to civilization!




The Governer's summer residence...



The Grand Hotel...

I've never been inside, so when we found out we could take a tour AND walk the porch we were all in!

It. Was. Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!














We figured we should probably return our bikes since we were renting them by the hour.  Also, we were all pretty wet by this point, as well.  We, fortunately were not soaked, nor were we covered in (ahem) those horse droppings (we did see a little girl COVERED in mud and horse dropping - her dad's back covered in it, as well - thank GOODNESS for those fenders!!!!!!).

Henry had been wanting to do the Maze of Mirrors and since it was sprinkling/raining we figured it'd be a great thing to do.


He looooved it!!!!  Like, really, really loved it!



We grabbed some dinner and did some window shopping and more downtown exploring...



Eliza managed to grab a real life photo of us.  It cracks me up.  Real life, folks, real life...


...also ice cream, because why not?!



Our last morning on the island we decided to grab some fudge and candy for some family members.





...and we were off...









On our way home we stopped at a fun grocery store to load up on some yummy food, treats and snacks.  This particular store is an hour up the road, so anytime we pass it, we try to stop in and load up on some goodies.  Their flowers were swoon-worthy...



And that was that.  Back to reality and back to lots of laundry.

What a summer of fun getaways!

Thanks for stopping by!

Marie :)

 
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