Quick Mackinaw City Weekend

Page 1: Flying into Traverse City
& the drive to Mackinaw City

Page 2: 4 Hours on Mackinac Island
Page 3: Afternoon & evening in St. Ignace and Mackinaw City
Page 4: Drive to Traverse City - Ironton Ferry, Mushroom Houses
 

Lake Michigan sunset from the air near Traverse City
Although I have the MightyMac.org website and Facebook page, I live in Kansas and only get to Northern Michigan a couple of times a year. My family has an extended visit to Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island scheduled later in the year, so this was a quick visit to take photos updating 2017 - lots of photos, over 1300 photos and videos in less than 48 hours.
Friday, May 19, 2017: My flights were on United Airlines, transferring in Chicago and flying into Traverse City, Michigan about 9:30PM. After picking a Budget rental car, I was out of Traverse City before 10PM. Wanting to avoid a construction detour north of Alanson, I drove an unfamiliar route starting on M-72. The route was going to take Old M-72 and US-131, but the GPS routing messed up when cell coverage ended and it took a little longer route, picking up 131 farther south.

I still arrived in Mackinaw City before midnight and drove to the foot of the Mackinac Bridge to take some safety pictures, in case the weather prevented Saturday night photography. It was about 40 degrees and very windy. Since I was still in shorts and a T-shirt, it was a quick photo shoot.

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The office at the Rainbow Motel had already closed for the evening, but they knew I was arriving late and the room key was waiting. The large, clean room was a bargain at $59.95 and was quite comfortable.
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King Deluxe room at the Rainbow Motel 0n Mackinaw City
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