Do you have a favorite road trip? One that will always bring back memories of lots of laughter and fun? I do. The road trip was an impromptu weekend vacation that we all needed. Don’t get me wrong; I have memories of my family’s weekend vacations as well. But the one that stands out is when my sister, two of our best friends and I headed to the Upper Peninsula here in Michigan in my 1993 Ford Festiva.
For those of you who do not know what a 1993 Ford Festiva is compact car. The little green car managed to hold all four of us and our weekend supplies. At one point we even had a gentleman ask us how we put all of that stuff in that little car. Of course we just laughed; we actually had lots of room.
The car ride was half the fun. We listened to music, sometimes very loud depending on the song which meant we were also singing at the top of our lungs. I still am glad that no one else could hear us singing. As we headed north we took our time. If we wanted to stop, we did. We actually stopped at several rest areas on the way. The rest areas had designated scenic areas where we walk up and see the beautiful view. I was able to spend lots of time photographing the areas.
We finally made our destination, Mackinaw City. In Mackinaw we rented a room with the view of the Mackinaw Bridge. Mackinaw City has many tourist shops to visit. But the Mackinaw Bridge is an absolutely stunning sight to see at night. We were able to sit down on the shoreline and see the whole Bridge lit up. The whole experience was just a really peaceful sight.
The following day, we all headed over to Mackinaw Island. The ferry trip over was an adventure as we had to wait in line and was able to meet other tourists. The Island is full of historic sites, museums, and of course some of the most beautiful scenic spots such as Arch Rock. Of course, we also visited all the little tourists’ shops. We were even able to see how the fudge was being made; the samples were also a good incentive. Mackinaw Island was definitely a fun filled day.
On the return trip home we stopped at Hartwick Pines State Park where we visited the Logging Museum. We also took our time, walked through the trails, and just enjoyed the scenery. From there, we went to the Cross in the Woods which is located in Indian River. The rest of the ride home was filled with conversation about our experiences.
Some of the best experiences are done on a moment’s notice. If you are able to pick up and go; my advice is to do it. Life changes, friends change but the memories will always be there.