Mysterious Michigan

Part of the fun of a camping vacation is the road trip.  We left Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario to hit the open road in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.  Feel free to conjure images of the romantic American road trip.  The reality is, we waited in line at the border for half an hour, but THEN we hit the open road in Michigan.

It’s a beautiful part of the country.  Often, I find that border areas are a bit scruffy but northern Michigan was immediately picturesque.

We were on our way to Cheboygan to meet up with friends at a cottage but we were a few hours ahead of everyone else, so we had some time to kill.  What to do?  What to do?  The Mystery Spot, of course!

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If you’ve ever driven though this part of Michigan, you will have seen the signs by the highway enticing you to visit the Mystery Spot in St. Ignace.  Twelve miles, 7 miles, 5 miles to the Mystery Spot, but what is it?  It’s a question that has plagued Duncan since his family took a road trip through the area when he was young.  It’s touted as Michigan’s No. 1 unusual attraction; whatever that means.

I thought long and hard about whether or not I should divulge the details of the Mystery Spot.  In the end, I have decided that it’s not my place to ruin the surprise.  Someday, you may pass that way and wonder to yourself, ‘What in the world is the Mystery Spot?  I simply must know.  I need to stretch my legs anyway.’  You’ll follow the signs and you’ll discover it for yourself.  Who am I to steal that special occasion away from you and your family?

I will let you know that the Mystery Spot is, indeed, a bona-fide tourist trap.  It’s a little silly and a lot kitschy and as long as you go into it with that understanding, you will not be disappointed.

DSC01212 cropThe other highlight of our road trip, that day, was the journey over the Mackinac Bridge.  It’s the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere and the third longest suspension bridge in the world.  Let’s hear it, ooooOOOOoooo.  Well, whether or not you’re impressed by 50 year old feats of engineering, the bridge itself is beautiful and boasts a very impressive view.

Our road trip ended at a cottage near Cheboygan.  There were a number of us staying there so we set the trailer up in the driveway as a sleeping annex.  That’s what I’ve decided to call it anyway.  It saved us having to sleep on an air mattress and it gave everyone a little extra room.  I’ll blog about our stay in the Cheboygan area in the next post.  I have a feeling one or two of you may be waiting for it.

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