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FIC circles Lake Michigan


By Pat and Harry Michalski

Twenty FICers made a five day trip around Lake Michigan in July. We had a big comfortable bus all to ourselves. We started northward into Wisconsin with a delightful lunch stop at Two Rivers - our first of many happy hours at the table. We toured Door County with a guide and watched as the chefs prepared our dinner - a fish boil!!! The fish and tiny new potatoes were delicious — mmmnmm.
The Maritime Museum at Sturgeon Bay was colorful and informative with history & technical stuff well presented. Then on to Mackinaw City by way of the big bridge.
The next morning the ferry took us under the bridge on our way to Mackinac Island. On the island, we took a carriage tour - no cars allowed - stopping at the Grand Hotel for lunch. What atmosphere and space galore. The ornate light fixtures and drapes went on forever. Food buffets were unending and flavorful. After lunch we sat on the veranda in rockers while eating ice cream and enjoying the scenery. We returned to downtown by carriage and did some looking and shopping. The ferry back to the mainland gave us a free evening ‘till midnight when the fire alarm sounded. No sign of fire but firemen appeared in our hallway. The show of our group in colorful robes and night gowns was a new experience.
Next day to Traverse City for lunch — eating again? Then on to Holland, Michigan and the Dutch Village — another delight. Crafts, dances & windmills gave us a notion of life in Holland. Now, dinner Dutch style, more good food. Views of Lake Michigan from both sides were unending and enjoyable.
At Saugatuck, we took a Dune buggy ride. We learned about dunes, grass & trees. The ride was fast and fun. We stopped several times to inspect various points of interest.
On to a fruit farm for a picnic lunch and to pick blueberries. What work. What fun. The planning and effort to maintain vineyards and orchards is challenging - moisture, temperature and other conditions must be constantly monitored. At the orchard farm, we picked peaches and then headed for home.
We had a fantastic trip with FIC people from all over the country.
(If Google can be trusted it's Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City —JF)

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