If you're especially observant, you'll notice a new photo album along the right--souvenirs of our recent trip to northern Michigan. The primary purpose was to visit the annual car show in St. Ignace--kind of a northern variant on the Woodward Dream Cruise. Downtown St. Ignace is transformed into one, long, snaking car show--heavy on muscle cars--and we were lucky enough to enjoy pretty decent viewing weather. Other highlights of our four-day getaway included...
- No construction or traffic delays! Woo-hoo! Those of you outside the state may not be familiar with the fact that the Michigan state tree is actually the orange construction cone.
- Rustic evening dining (lots of wood and hunting memorabilia) at the Black Mountain Lodge and Hack-Ma-Tack Inn.
- Quaint lodgings at the bargain price of $50 a night (including free wifi!) at the Monarch Motel.
- Lots of fudge, most purchased on picturesque Mackinac Island.
- Actual live sighting of (depending on how old you are) Dukes of Hazzard and Smallville star John Schneider. No, we did not get an autograph. Yes, we stalked him from afar with our zoom lenses.
Special mention has to go to Mulligan's in downtown Cheboygan, whose menu and website boast Good Food, Bad Shots. How bad? Well, you'll need to know that these shots are intended to "recreate the bad taste left in your mouth after a nasty triple bogey". Still not convinced? Here are a few samples...
- Mulligan: Gin, cream and a pickled jalapeño.
- Duck Hook: Jaegermeister & warm olive juice
- The Shank: Beer, wine and milk
- Stinger: Rumplemintz and clam juice
- The 18th Hole: Hot Sauce & Galliano