Another day closer to Mackinac Island! We left Lenoir City, TN around 8 a.m. in the rain, and it stayed with us through the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and Kentucky. Sometimes I think the Smokies are even more beautiful on a morning like this one than they are in bright sunshine.
Coming around a curve and seeing Cincinnatti spread out across the hills of Ohio is always a special treat. To me, it is one of the prettiest cities we go through.
We arrived at Whitmore Lake, Michigan around 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon. We love stopping at this little lake, which reminds us a lot of our lake in Georgia – except for the temperature. It was a wonderful 69 degrees with sun – a beautiful afternoon. Our hotel stop here is the Best Western of Whitmore Lake and it is, by far, the best of the pet-friendly hotels we stay in on this trip. It is absolutely perfect for travelers with dogs. The rooms are clean and very roomy, and the location is wonderful. It sits off the highway on a large lot with huge grassy areas for the dogs to romp in. I can let Bear off his leash, and he can run and chase his ball. The staff is friendly and remembers us from year to year. I highly recommend it for travelers on I-75 if you have your “babies” with you.
We hope to be on either the 1:30 or the 2:30 ferry to the island on Monday afternoon. It’s been an easier trip this year because we have split the traveling up over three days instead of two. I even drove for about an hour this afternoon and managed to stay on the road while Ted napped (I did nap before I got behind the wheel though).
I can’t believe we are almost there. On Monday we will step on the ferry and begin our trip across the Straits of Mackinac to the most beautiful island in the United States (my opinion, of course). Once more, we will immerse ourselves in the people and the culture and the surroundings that make this place so special. I’m so glad you are all making the journey with me to my heart’s home, and I pray each of you will have the opportunity to come to the island in person very soon. I can almost promise you that once you come, you will always want to return.