Straits of Mackinac
2021 Trip Report

Day four: Shipwreck tour
and fireworks

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State Street Bridge - Cheboygan, Michigan
Waiting for the State Street Bridge to open so we can pass down river
Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw in the Cheboygan RIver
The Coast Guard Icebreaker Mackinaw receiving summer maintenance
I was up early and photographed all the Mackinaw City businesses on Central Avenue and Huron Avenue, for my permanent records and use on the web site and Facebook page.

After a leisurely morning at the motel, we drove to Cheboygan, 16 miles away to photograph the US Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw and take a shipwreck tour with Nautical North Family Adventures. New since 2019, they took us on a historic glass bottom boat tour of the lower Cheboygan River and then showed us three wrecks in the Straits of Mackinac.

The captain and owner of the company, Jennifer Dowker, mentioned that she had scuba dived and cleaned the outside of the windows that morning. A few days later we learned that she had found a 95 year old message in a bottle in the river when cleaning the glass again later in the day, The message was from George Morrow and after posting the message on Facebook, Morrow's daughter, Michele Primeau, learned about the message on Father's Day and the message made the world news.

Yankee Sunshine glass bottom boat
Yankee Sunshine

Jennifer Dowker - Nautical North Family Adventures
Captain & owner Jennifer Dowker

Fourteen Foot Shoal Lighthouse - Straits of Mackinac
Fourteen Foot Shoal Light

Looking through the glass bottom at a shipwreck
Viewing one of the shipwrecks in Duncan Bay

State Street Bridge carries US23 over the Cheboygan RIver
Passing under the State Street Bridge on the way back to the dock

We had lunch at Pier M33 On The Cheboygan, a restaurant I had never visited before, a few miles drive by car upriver. We sat on the deck and had a nice view of boats passing on the Cheboygan River. We split BingBang Shrimp, deep fried cheese curds and a perch dinner. The shrimp was the best part of the meal but the perch was good as well.

Pier M33 On The Cheboygan - Cheboygan, MIchigan
The view from our table at Pier M33 On The Cheboygan

BingBang Shrimp, deep fried cheese curds - Pier M33 On The Cheboygan
BingBang Shrimp & deep fried cheese curds

On our way back to Mackinaw City, we circled to Good Hart, to buy dried strawberries at the Good Hart General Store, but were disappointed to learn that they were out of stock.

Back in Mackinaw City, we stopped at Fort Michilimackinac, a reconstructed 18th Century French and then British fortified community. I worked at Fort Michilimackinac during college summers in the 1970s, wearing period clothing, giving tours, demonstrating the firing of muskets & cannons and working in the blacksmith shop. Archeology has been taking place at this location since 1959 and the volunteers are happy to stop and talk to visitors. 

Archeology at Fort Michilimackinac - Mackinaw City, Michigan
Archeology at Fort Michilimackinac

Musket firing demonstration at Colonial Fort Michilimackinac
Musket firing demonstration

Supper was at the Keyhole Bar in downtown Mackinaw City. Linda had a single shrimp skewer with baked potato. I usually get fish, but I regularly recommend the burgers and hadn't had one for several years, so I had the Sixties Delight Burger (ground beef topped with sautéed mushrooms & Swiss cheese on a grilled brioche bun). My favorite part of the meal was the onion rings. The Keyhole & Darrow's Family Restaurant have similar onion rings, house made with sweet onions and a delicious batter.

Keyhole Bar - Mackinaw City, Michigan
Keyhole Bar 

Sixties Delight Burger - Keyhole Bar in Mackinaw City, MIchigan
Sixties Delight Burger & onion rings

After another relaxing evening on our balcony, we drove down to the old State Dock, to watch the Friday night fireworks display which is fired from a barge in the Straits of Mackinac south of the dock at dusk. The fireworks shows continue though the summer every Friday except July 2.

Mackinaw City Friday Night Fireworks
Part of the finale of the Mackinaw City fireworks display

Returning to our room, we discovered that the lights were out on the south main cable of the Mackinac Bridge, so I didn't take many photos. This had happened a few weeks back, but they had been working until tonight.

Mackinac Bridge with cable lights out

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