Yesterday was an awesome Fourth of July. Jeff, Karlie and I hooked up with Trisha, Ben, the boys and our friend from church, Eric, in Gaylord, then headed north to Mackinaw City. We got up there about noon, and landed at a park with a georgeous view of the bridge along with a couple of historical buildings. We had lunch in the park and marked our spot for the fireworks with our blankets and chairs. We then headed over to the main part of town on foot and scoped out some games they had going on in another park. The games were for children older than Ethan and Dylan, so we decided to go shopping. The City has a very cool shopping center called Mackinaw Crossings. We hit up Mackinaw Outfitters, a huge outdoor enthusiaists store. E and D loved the huge fish tank and it was a great place to take a break.
We hit up some more shops in the center, including the 3-D House of Glass. Upon entering you’re given a pair of 3-D glasses. The floor alone is awesome to look at; black carpet with different colored and sized spots. You proceed through a black curtain into a maze of glass walls, some with colored spots, some without. It was fun trying to make our way through, and when we finally did, the host let us go through again with no extra charge.
We continued through some more shops, got some fudge (you can’t go to Mackinaw without getting some fudge!) and took a break, while enjoying mint chocolate chip, turtle and peanut butter fugde. Then we hit the shops on the main drag of Mackinaw City, where I picked up a cool new word game called Snatch It. We haven’t gotten to play it yet, but it sounds fun! Me and word games you know! I always seem to find something in that bookstore. When Jeff and I went there a couple of years ago, I got a very pretty bracelet there.
We had dinner at the Dixie Saloon, which was very good. We enjoyed an appetizer called Black N Bean Dip, which consisted of sour cream, black beans, and salsa, served with colored tortilla chips. It was delish. Jeff and I both had the Big Island burger, which was served with sauted green and red peppers and onions. It was awesome!
After enjoying a great meal, we all headed back to the park where our chairs and blankets were. It was starting to cool off so we got out our sweatshirts. Ethan played, running around in the grass and sand. We played some Frisbee, but after all the walking around, I just felt like relaxing. And I did. As the sun continued to sink, so did the temperature. It got chillier and chillier and soon I had one of the blankets covering my legs.
I did take some pictures, but they were with my phone, Trisha’s camera and Karlie’s. Ours seems to be dying. The card reader isn’t working properly, so it looks like we’re going to be in the market for a new one soon. I like the Canon Cool Shot I think it’s called.
When the fireworks began, we had to move. They were back behind the historical building and some trees. But from where we were sitting, we could also see Mackinac Island’s and St. Igance fireworks, so that was pretty cool. St. Ignace had the longest fireworks display, while Mackinac Island’s seemed to sport some pretty big ones. Mackinaw City’s were pretty good too, though we would have been happier if we didn’t have big buildings and trees obstructing our view.
Ethan really enjoyed watching them from atop Jeff’s shoulders. I did get a shot of this with my phone and uploaded it to Facebook. There are a couple more shots I uploaded there too. Once I get copies of the photos on Karlie and Trisha’s phones I will post them here.
The only thing I’d change, other than our view of the fireworks, is that all my family could be there. Brandon had to work and Kaleb probably went out on the boat with his dad or something. My sister and her family are back in New Mexico, but we did some texting and sending pics back and forth. I love technology for those very reasons.
I hope you and your family had a very safe and Happy Fourth too!