Saturday, June 20, 2009

Six Days and Counting

Yes we’re going on vacation. Hubby, Miss Gwendoline, Master Gryphon and I are heading out for TWO WHOLE WEEKS! This is a trip we’ve been planning for awhile. Our final destination, of course, is the Cottage. But we thought we might take a more scenic route to get there this time.
So, next Saturday we will head northern Michigan to Sault Ste. Marie. We have only crossed the Mackinac Bridge once and, guess what, it was completely encased in fog – we did not see a single thing. But of course anyone who knows me will know that I was totally freaking out about the heights (and the fact the wind was making the dang bridge swing!). I will be keeping my eyes firmly shut the whole cross over this time I’m sure (Miss Gwenie, who absolutely hates car rides, will sympathize with me).
Our first night will be in the Soo and we will be in walking distance to see the locks. After a night there we will head over to Sudbury, stopping at sites in between. Hubby has a “plan” apparently so I’ll just be along for the ride.

We are going to stay a couple of nights in Sudbury so we can make a day trip to Killarney Park (a place we’ve always wanted to visit). We may even get a chance to go see the Big Nickel.
Then it is down to Manitoulin Island “the world’s largest freshwater island”! A day trip will get us to the south side of the island where we get to take the Chi-Cheemaun (which translates as Big Canoe) ferry down to the Bruce Peninsula and our home base in Tobermory for the rest of our vacation.
We will be there just in time for Canada Day, July 1st (yeah) but of course we are also happy to join anyone who wants to light firecrackers for the Fourth of July. Though I have to log on for work (ugh) I don’t know if I’ll be able to do much blogging – I’ll be sure to bring lots of pics back so I can share our adventures with you….Our route back will be the usual way - down to Sarnia, across the bridge at Port Huron and back to Michigan.

Of course, I’m completely unprepared at this point and have a very full work week to get through first – should be interesting! The older I get the less concerned I am whether or not I have everything – all you need is clean underwear, a toothbrush and a credit card really (well and of course dog food, dog toys, dog meds, dog water bowl – heh, how come they get to bring so much stuff!)


  1. Oh, Jewels, it sounds like so much fun - maybe I could make myself really small and ride along in the glove box! Have a happy and well deserved vacation - all of you! Enjoy! Carol

  2. Sounds like a trip you'll really enjoy, even if you do close your eyes across the bridge. Ya goof! So in reality it doesn't matter if the Mac Bridge is encased in fog cuz you won't be looking anyway!
    As long as the underwear is clean and has no holes you'll be fine.
    I think Tim and the guys are going up in the middle of July for a fishing weekend but I will touch base with you when it gets closer. Have a great time and we'll see you on your way home.
    ps the dogs get to take so much stuff because they are spoiled pooches!!!! lol
    Sis xoxo

  3. Hi Julie,
    James and Syd will be up at the cottage starting June 26th for a full week. I will be up Canada Day and am taking Thurs/Fri off - hopefully we can get together or touch base? Drive safe and enjoy your adventure.

  4. So the big question is are you camping or did you find hotels that allow dogs. I have a dog if you can even believe it that needs to take doggie car sickness medicine. It works really well and then she sleeps instead of getting sick. Much easier way to take a car ride. lol Have tons of fun and enjoy the views.