But I'm getting ahead of myself... first, there was the drive
Shelly (off of CanCanDeux) and her kids and Mom and I got on the road at
And stopped for breakfast for an hour.
See? It's CHOCOLATE PARADISE here!
And admired the price of gas (oh so CHEAP!!) on dah Oooopeeeee (that's the UP. Upper Pensinsula, MI).
The farther you go
And had weather.
And it was getting dark....
But we DID make it Shelly's Mom Priscilla is pointing out that Mackinac is THIS island.
Got pretty pics on the way out....
like the Grand Hotel
Then hightailed it to our respective hotels. Armed with fresh clothing, ninety gazillion women hit the Pink Pony (REAL pic of the Pony) where much alcohol was consumed, and I (amongst others) was groped by a man claiming to be gay. I think he lied....
And stayed out Way. Too. Late.
And staggered down for breakfast the next morning with the very hungover...
and went shopping for overpriced sailing crappola to wear proudly for eons to come! We did indeed find some sailing stuff, crammed in between shops like this:
because apparently there is a law here that you must have some of this:
every 10 feet.
Which leads us to... my #1 problem with the island of Mackinac. See, they don't allow motor vehicles (except the fire engine). They have horses. And I might have mentioned the fudge shops. You see where this is going, right? Yes, the predominant, uh,
there was lunch....
And I gather a 45 minute bike ride around the island. Because that's how big it is. (But I took a nap instead).
And croquet. (but I was still napping).
and happy hour.
And a really cute bartender named Steve..
who made sure that Shelly got the BIG version of this drink called a CAPE CODDER (get it Shelly?? Vodka and cranberry juice has a NAME!) and not the little weenie version that the OTHER bartender gave her at first. No siree. Steve wasn't going to stand for THAT!
Then it was time to head to the tent at the finish line, to huddle in the cold and pouring rain, waiting for Regardless and Cancan and FineLine to actually FINISH. Which they did, but it was 10 PM and raining so No Pics For You!