Wednesday, February 20, 2019

I'm back! Ice Bridge - Upper Michigan

We're back from our little mini trip. It's amazing how much you can fit into a short space of time. We had a lot of fun. It's about a 4 1/2 hour drive away so quite a long trip. When we first got up there it was snowing like crazy and blowing so we postponed putting off the drive across the bridge for a little while. I told my husband what my Mum always says 'between one and two see what the day will do'. He hadn't heard the saying before. Anyway - it was good we waited. Just after one the snow stopped and the sun actually came out! It was really cold - way below zero - but the SUN WAS SHINING! Can you tell how happy I was? It stayed sunny too. Monday's forecast said there was going to be thick clouds, but it was sunny then too!

Anyway - we went lots of places - unfortunately there were lots of places that weren't cleared of snow. There was a lot of it. In some places it was about 18inches+ deep (45cm). We checked out the nearby International Dark Sky park near Mackinaw City. There are no lights allowed and supposed to be a great place to do night sky photography. We went during the day just to check it out. The snow there was really deep so we couldn't walk at all, but there are apparently trails to the lake that will be fantastic once the snow is gone. I can see a repeat trip in the future - once I actually know a little more about night sky photography. 

We did get to see the 'ice bridge' from St. Ignace to Mackinac Island.  It basically means that Lake Huron (another of the Great Lakes) freezes enough that snowmobiles and such can be taken across from the Island to the mainland. Otherwise the only way to the island is by small plane during the winter months. Old Christmas trees are lined to mark the tested route. Volunteers go out to test the thickness of the ice and place the trees. It was a lot busier than I imagined! We saw someone with a bike and people walking. 

We were really pleased to see this. So glad we went. I will share more photos from the trip throughout the week.

It's back to the grind again now. I think our next mini-trip will be a spring trip to a National Wildlife Refuge. 

I did get out yesterday - the sun was shining again! Today it's all change, a little snow and ice called for. I stayed out quite a while yesterday so today is a stay-inside day. I'll be ringing Mum later and have some housework to get done. Not to mention lots of photos to sort through and blogs to catch up on.

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!


  1. What a fantastic holiday and the snow is beautiful.

  2. Sounds a lovely trip. I think your mum's saying is true, although I have not heard it. Definitely true in UK. One does need a lift in the middle of winter.

  3. I've never heard that saying but it is often right.
    Your mum will tell you we are having a heat wave of 15 or even 16 on Friday....after the mist has cleared!

  4. I'm glad you had such a nice time. I love the UP and my roots run deep there....Native side especially. I'm stuck inside again today due to a predicted 5 more inches of snow. It's blowing and drifting. I need needle felt a cute bunny I'm posting later. Between 1 and 2 see what the day will do - I like it!

  5. Sounds like you had a lovely mini-vacation! I've never heard your Mum's saying, before, but will remember it, from now on. :)

  6. Sooo cool!! How awesome nature is!! What fun to be able to walk across!!! I may need to make sure to check this out someday soon!!!


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