Celebrating Our 20th…in Michigan?

It has been six days since my last blog post.

Last Tuesday, Pam and I headed up to Mackinaw City, Mich., where we decided to celebrate our 20th anniversary. It seemed good to flaunt our discretionary income in a state with 15 percent unemployment.

We found a lake-front room at the Hamilton Inn, where we stayed last Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights. On Wednesday, I complained to the hotel front-desk people that I couldn’t get a wireless signal for my laptop in our room. They insisted we were the only ones in the hotel having problems. I doubted that, but had no grounds for arguing. Nevertheless, I persisted. Wireless internet access was, after all, part of the very high price we were paying for our room. Plus, if there’s anything I should be doing more of on my 20th wedding anniversary, it is surfing the internet and ignoring my wife.

The result of my kind persistence–and of getting connected to Michelle, a most accommodating young lady from Jamaica–was getting moved to a much nicer room. Larger, newer, more expensive. I still couldn’t get good internet access (I got a better signal from the neighboring Comfort Inn), but I decided against complaining. I did approve of the new room. So did Pam.

On Wednesday, our anniversary, we took Shepler’s Ferry out to Mackinac Island. We ended up spending most of our time at the fort, which was far more interesting than I expected. We were there several hours. Later, as we ordered pizza in a little restaurant in the village, the heavens let loose with a downpour. So much for the idea of renting bicycles. We boarded the ferry and headed back to the mainland.

On Friday morning, we left town (with plenty of Mackinac fudge!) and drove to Pentwater, where Pam’s Dad and stepmom have a house along Lake Michigan. We always enjoy staying there; go once each summer.

Yesterday morning (Saturday), we took a 3.5 mile hike on trails through a state park. That was very nice. In the afternoon, we walked 2.5 miles along the beach, barefoot. That was nice. We woke up this morning with stiff legs and sore feet. Not so nice.

Anyway, it was a wonderful vacation. Short, but refreshing.

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