This is why I love these trips ...
The girls were excited to take the Ice Road over to Madeline Island. Yes, you are right - the sign says 'local traffic only'. We don't always follow the rules.
Madeline Island is nearly abandoned during the winter months, but we drove to Bay Point State Park to see the Ice Caves and gorgeous blue ice. Because we didn't pack boots, or mittens (I used socks for gloves), the hike was short. But we giggled a lot along the way. The pictures don't do it justice, but the ice was beautiful.
We got back on the road again, and passed through our 34th state - Michigan.
Our goal was to make it to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore before they closed, but realized along our route that we drove through a time change and missed it. If you've followed my blog before you know I'm an organized traveler, but for some reason I can't remember to account for different time zones! I called the Visitor Center, and the Park Ranger gathered some things for us, and left them on the front door. Oh how I love the National Park system!
I had never traveled through the upper peninsula of Michigan; Scott and I agreed it was desolate with mostly summer tourism. It reminded me of my youth growing up on the North Shore. We ended the night in Mackinaw City, just beside the bridge. We ate at Audies Restaurant where we had poutine (I've always wanted to try it), and smelt. It brought back some good memories of smelting as a youth.
We checked in at a Holiday Inn Express, the kids went swimming, and we hit the pillow. The day was mostly driving, but it was a good one.
Day Two: 384 miles (687 total); $49.25 on gas ($49.25 total); 2 states (3 total); $85.00 Lodging ($187.15 total); $30.43 Souvenirs ($30.43 total); $0 Tourist Traps ($0 total); $0 Redbox ($0 total); 0 fights (0 total); 0 injuries (0 total)