We drove up north on Friday afternoon and spent the night in Mackinaw City. We got up there just before sunset and took some pictures of the bridge and the lighthouse before dark.
We stayed at the Thunderbird Best Western Motel. (Yes, quite different from the Grand - we decided to save on the lodging on Friday night!) The hotel was fine for overnight - the beds were comfortable but the room smelled very musty and the sliding window didn't lock. Oh, yes, and they claimed to have free wifi but I never could find the signal for the network that said was available. Breakfast was included, and they had yummy make-your-own waffles!
On Saturday morning, we stopped at the visitor center and they helped us locate a coupon for a 3 person discount for the Star Ferry. The service at the ferry was fantastic! They helped us tag our luggage and bikes and had a golf cart to bring us back to the boat dock after parking our car. The journey over to the island takes about 15 minutes. The jet boat has a cool spray of water that comes out the back of the boat as it zooms you over to the island.
The lighthouse at the mouth of the harbor at the island.
And of view of the hotel as the ferry pulls into the island.
I will be posting more pictures of our trip over the next few days so stay tuned!