|Mackinaw City Weekend - MC
& St. Ignace
Page 3: Afternoon & evening in St. Ignace and Mackinaw City
My second favorite spot for photographing the Bridge from St. Ignace is from the bluffs in Straits State Park. You can drive through the park to two of the three scenic lookouts. It costs Michigan residents $11/year for a Recreation Passport good for vehicle admission to Michigan State Parks, but as a non-resident, the charge is $9/day. Instead of driving through the park, I left the car parked at Lakeside cemetery and walked about 150 yards along trails to two of the lookouts which are near each other.
Common Terns (Sterna hirundo) on the tip of the USCG dock
After driving through St. Ignace and making several other stops to take photos, I returned to Mackinaw City to photograph the Mighty Mac from the west. With Memorial Day just over a week away, I stopped at Mackinaw City's Lakeview Cemetery and checked on my family's graves. Over 50 of my relatives are buried here in at least 8 different plots.
My parents - Lester & Emma Stokes
Mom was born in Mackinaw City and Dad came to Mackinaw City from Canada in 1917.
I sacrificed and didn't eat at another old favorite restaurant this evening. Instead, I tried out a new brew pub which opened just a few months earlier. As long as I can remember, this was the restaurant 'Neath the Birches and I ate here with my parents many times over the years.
Bière de Mac Brew Works
Driving back into town, I revisited the Odawa Casino at the edge of town, which opened in May 2016. It appeared unchanged from the fall. There are only slot machine type video machines. No tables, no video poker. There were less than 20 people gaming.
The rest of the evening was spent visiting some of the new stores in Mackinaw City, taking more photos, and playing Pokemon Go.
The Mackinac Bridge ("My" Bridge)