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Post by WhiteBoyHatcher on 2015-07-09, 23:41

Suggested activities? 

Kids are 5.5 and 2.5. The 5 year old really wants to see the bridge so we're definitely driving over. I don't know shit about St. Ignace, Mac City, the island or otherwise. I kind of know there's a Mystery Spot with Paul Bunyan across the bridge. Not sure otherwise. Will probably need a place to grab lunch with kid friendly food. 

Time window is fairly firm, noon to 4 PMish. Help me Swill.
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Post by WhiteBoyHatcher on 2015-07-09, 23:47

Pre-emptive fuck you to Bob. I don't even have an Instagram account.

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Post by CORNER BLITZ on 2015-07-09, 23:47

I forsee another up north battle brewing
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Re: 4 hours in the Big Mac bridge area with little kids

Post by WhiteBoyHatcher on 2015-07-09, 23:51

Nowhere did I proclaim this indelible landmark to be or not be "Up North". I just want to know the funnest shit to do in the general vicinity of it after driving over it and/or back.

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Post by Turtleneck on 2015-07-10, 00:05

You will get stabbed in Stignace.

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Post by WhiteBoyHatcher on 2015-07-10, 00:07

Turtleneck wrote:You will get stabbed in Stignace.
I live in the D motherfucker, the streets are real around here. I ain't scurred of no UP hillbillies. 



(pretty sure Troy qualifies as 'hard', amirite?)

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Post by DWags on 2015-07-10, 00:32

WhiteBoyHatcher wrote:
Turtleneck wrote:You will get stabbed in Stignace.
I live in the D motherfucker, the streets are real around here. I ain't scurred of no UP hillbillies. 



(pretty sure Troy qualifies as 'hard', amirite?)
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Post by Turtleneck on 2015-07-10, 00:33

Stignace folks are a different type. Sort of like a hybrid between a hyena and dingo.

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Post by WhiteBoyHatcher on 2015-07-10, 00:39

Stop trying to derail my thread guys. This thread is about putt putt. And Bob pretending to not be judgemental while actually being extremely judgemental. And Hitler. And Instagram. Also Shamu.

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Post by Turtleneck on 2015-07-10, 00:44

So the mystery spot is not about vaginas?

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Post by Triple Sparty on 2015-07-10, 00:47

I'd drive across the bridge and take Sheplers over to Mackinac Island. Do a horse drawn carriage tour, hit the butterfly house, and explore the view from the fort on your way back to docks.
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Post by Cym Jim on 2015-07-10, 00:49

WhiteBoyHatcher wrote:Kids are 5.5 and 2.5.

So 5 and 2?
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Post by Turtleneck on 2015-07-10, 00:53

Cym Jim wrote:
WhiteBoyHatcher wrote:Kids are 5.5 and 2.5.

So 5 and 2?

I think those are their heights.

Also, don't get caught on the bridge when it swings over to the Island, WBH. You will be on it for hours. Check the schedule.
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Post by The Pantry on 2015-07-10, 01:46

Get pasties from Lehtos on US2 west of the bridge. They suck but are about the best you will find without driving to the Keweenaw. No fucking ketchup or gravy
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Post by The Pantry on 2015-07-10, 02:12

Cut River Bridge is 25-30 miles up US2 from St. Ignace. Take the kids down to the river to look at the bridge. The hike back up to deck level might tire them out. Eat another pasty
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Post by LooseGoose on 2015-07-10, 03:57

I'll agree with Pantry on Lehto's, best  choice close to St Ignace for a pasty.   If you go to Cut River stop in the Cut River store and get some smoked whitefish, you'll thank me.

Other options -

in St. Ignace - Clyde's drive in, kind of a legendary burger joint.

if you're willing to stretch your time frame a bit  - Tahquemenon Falls is about 55 miles from the bridge as are the Soo Locks.  Either one of them would add some memories.

On the LP side - Fort Michilimackinac

   That's on the west side of 75 - on the east side is the old Lighthouse with a park around it.  Have your kids go in wading/swimming there and snap some pics - I've got some photos of mine there at various ages with the bridge in the background they make nice pictures.

All I've got for now.

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Re: 4 hours in the Big Mac bridge area with little kids

Post by Blanch32 on 2015-07-10, 06:33

make your kids sit through the movie About building the bridge at the free musuem. They won't be bored with that at all.


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Post by NigelUno on 2015-07-10, 07:33

Triple Sparty wrote:I'd drive across the bridge and take Sheplers over to Mackinac Island. Do a horse drawn carriage tour, hit the butterfly house, and explore the view from the fort on your way back to docks.

He only has 4 hours. That's a small window to enjoy all the horse poop.
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Post by Triple Sparty on 2015-07-10, 07:35

NigelUno wrote:

He only has 4 hours. That's a small window to enjoy all the horse poop.

Cut out the carriage ride then. Just walk around, check out butterfly house and fort, and enjoy boat ride there and back.
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Post by NigelUno on 2015-07-10, 07:47

Triple Sparty wrote:
NigelUno wrote:

He only has 4 hours. That's a small window to enjoy all the horse poop.

Cut out the carriage ride then. Just walk around, check out butterfly house and fort, and enjoy boat ride there and back.

4 hours to cross the bridge (and back) and a trip to the Island would be tight. Normally, I would advise against going to Fudge Island. But a short trip like that might actually be a good idea. I'd skip the butterfly thing and the Fort though.
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Post by Triple Sparty on 2015-07-10, 08:23

NigelUno wrote:
4 hours to cross the bridge (and back) and a trip to the Island would be tight. Normally, I would advise against going to Fudge Island. But a short trip like that might actually be a good idea. I'd skip the butterfly thing and the Fort though.

Mac Island is great and the kids will love seeing the horses. But you've whittled down the itinerary to a boat ride there and back. The fort is great because it is free and you can wander about from building to building. Also has great views from up there.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2015-07-10, 08:24

WhiteBoyHatcher wrote:Pre-emptive fuck you to Bob. I don't even have an Instagram account.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2015-07-10, 08:26

watch out for white people.. seriously.

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Post by kingstonlake on 2015-07-10, 08:42

Go to the casino, two tablespoons of niquil for the kids, crack the windows in the van, and call it good.
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Re: 4 hours in the Big Mac bridge area with little kids

Post by WhiteBoyHatcher on 2015-07-10, 08:45

Good suggestions thus far. Thanks. 

How long is the boat ride? I haven't been to the island since visiting a friend in college.

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Post by Giant Moose on 2015-07-10, 08:47

Make sure you know the difference between Mackinaw and Mackinac so the locals don't think that you're "not from around here" and give you trouble.
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Post by NigelUno on 2015-07-10, 08:53

Triple Sparty wrote:
NigelUno wrote:
4 hours to cross the bridge (and back) and a trip to the Island would be tight. Normally, I would advise against going to Fudge Island. But a short trip like that might actually be a good idea. I'd skip the butterfly thing and the Fort though.

Mac Island is great and the kids will love seeing the horses. But you've whittled down the itinerary to a boat ride there and back. The fort is great because it is free and you can wander about from building to building. Also has great views from up there.

Looking at horse poop is free too.

He's got little kids. Lugging them to the Fort would be a pain. Take a bike ride, buy some fudge, step in some horse poop...that's the itinerary.

We're on a schedule.
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Post by steveschneider on 2015-07-10, 09:00

I remember going to the forts and thinking they were pretty cool as a kid. Definitely a stand out memory. The bridge as well.

I can't remember which fort it was at but I remember them shooting a cannon.

On the island definitely remember watching them make fudge at one of those shops.

Last, your kids are too young but for the future my favorite thing I ever did on the island was rent a bike and ride around it. It's stunning and there's a rock arch on it.
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Post by Turtleneck on 2015-07-10, 09:07

Giant Moose wrote:Make sure you know the difference between Mackinaw and Mackinac so the locals don't think that you're "not from around here" and give you trouble.

Speaking of local, make sure to have a beer with the kids at The Keyhole in MC.

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Post by NigelUno on 2015-07-10, 09:14

Seriously? Going to the Island in that kind of time frame will feel very rushed. But, 2 hours is usually about the point where you realize you want to get the hell out of there. So, it's an option.

I think kids under 5 are free on the ferry. They might like the boat ride, or be terrified. Your call. Load them up with sugar for the boat ride back, and they'll crash in the car.
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Post by Giant Moose on 2015-07-10, 09:22

You should drive over and back on the bridge a bunch of times but change it up. Sometimes drive on the grate, sometimes don't. When you are directly in the middle, yell, "We're in the U.P. and the L.P. at the same time!"
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Post by Turtleneck on 2015-07-10, 09:28

Giant Moose wrote:Sometimes drive on the grate

What if he drives a Yugo?

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Post by tTy on 2015-07-10, 09:28

Park at the midpoint of the bridge, grab the Karate Kid and you two go share a good long father/son bonding wizz right off the leeward side of the Big Mac. Aim for boats!

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Post by Giant Moose on 2015-07-10, 09:29

Turtleneck wrote:
Giant Moose wrote:Sometimes drive on the grate

What if he drives a Yugo?
He might want to tell the kids they are visiting a waterpark.
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Post by Herbie Green on 2015-07-10, 09:54

Gustafsons west of the bridge 10 miles or so - is that the best smoked fish. That is where I have gone a couple times. Might find a beach on the way. Take them to the Mystery Spot - it is cheesy and a rip but the kids will like it. I think they even have putt putt. Not much else to do, I don't know if the fort or anything in Mac City is worthile. Soo Locks boat tour - not sure if there is enough time.
There and back to island might be the best bet but seems rushed.
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Post by Wally Fairway on 2015-07-10, 09:58

LooseGoose wrote:I'll agree with Pantry on Lehto's, best  choice close to St Ignace for a pasty.   If you go to Cut River stop in the Cut River store and get some smoked whitefish, you'll thank me.

Other options -

in St. Ignace - Clyde's drive in, kind of a legendary burger joint.

if you're willing to stretch your time frame a bit  - Tahquemenon Falls is about 55 miles from the bridge as are the Soo Locks.  Either one of them would add some memories.

On the LP side - Fort Michilimackinac

   That's on the west side of 75 - on the east side is the old Lighthouse with a park around it.  Have your kids go in wading/swimming there and snap some pics - I've got some photos of mine there at various ages with the bridge in the background they make nice pictures.

All I've got for now.
fort michilli & the light house is good advice, note that you can go around behind the gift shop and stand under the bridge - it sounds stupid but it is pretty cool (and scary from a DHS vs ISIS standpoint)

also tTy is giving quality advise, although we always stop on the return trip to piss on the sunset side of the bridge and towards Wisconsin rather than Canada.

I've never done it, but you can tour the ice breaker Mackinaw, then walk across the street for some ice cream and or fudge and tons of touristy trinket shops that little kids would love.

this will show you where the cutter is
http://www.mackinaw-city.com/

resources -
http://www.mackinawcity.org/Visitors/AttractionsHistoricalSites.aspx
http://www.mackinawcity.org/Visitors/FreeThingstoDo.aspx (1, 4 & 7 have been suggested)

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Post by tTy on 2015-07-10, 09:59

This might be a little too far, but I bet your 5.6287444(repeating, of course) and 2.387463 year olds would dig this.

Oswald's Bear Ranch

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Post by tTy on 2015-07-10, 10:03

Wally Fairway wrote:
LooseGoose wrote:I'll agree with Pantry on Lehto's, best  choice close to St Ignace for a pasty.   If you go to Cut River stop in the Cut River store and get some smoked whitefish, you'll thank me.

Other options -

in St. Ignace - Clyde's drive in, kind of a legendary burger joint.

if you're willing to stretch your time frame a bit  - Tahquemenon Falls is about 55 miles from the bridge as are the Soo Locks.  Either one of them would add some memories.

On the LP side - Fort Michilimackinac

   That's on the west side of 75 - on the east side is the old Lighthouse with a park around it.  Have your kids go in wading/swimming there and snap some pics - I've got some photos of mine there at various ages with the bridge in the background they make nice pictures.

All I've got for now.
fort michilli & the light house is good advice, note that you can go around behind the gift shop and stand under the bridge - it sounds stupid but it is pretty cool (and scary from a DHS vs ISIS standpoint)

also tTy is giving quality advise, although we always stop on the return trip to piss on the sunset side of the bridge and towards Wisconsin rather than Canada.

I've never done it, but you can tour the ice breaker Mackinaw, then walk across the street for some ice cream and or fudge and tons of touristy trinket shops that little kids would love.

this will show you where the cutter is
http://www.mackinaw-city.com/

resources -
http://www.mackinawcity.org/Visitors/AttractionsHistoricalSites.aspx
http://www.mackinawcity.org/Visitors/FreeThingstoDo.aspx (1, 4 & 7 have been suggested)

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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2015-07-10, 10:45

in all honesty, the idea of going to Mackinac Island sounds like pure, unadulterated torture to me.

I know some people dig it, so I'm happy for them.. but, yikes.
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Post by Giant Moose on 2015-07-10, 10:53

Robert J Sakimano wrote:in all honesty, the idea of going to Mackinac Island sounds like pure, unadulterated torture to me.

I know some people dig it, so I'm happy for them.. but, yikes.
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