#WOMBATSDOAMERICA 2015 Day 6
Blogging our recent US trip day by day, a month after the event.
15th November – up to the UP
The UP, for those, like pre-Michigan me, who have no idea, is the Upper Peninsula of the State. It’s an extra bit sticking out of the top right of Wisconsin and separated from Lower Michigan by Lakes Michigan and Huron. The big and quite nifty Mackinac Bridge joins the two. Quite why the top bit doesn’t just belong to Wisconsin is beyond me. Those wacky Americans.
We drove up through the length of the Lower Peninsula, stopping for a quick cider near the 45th parallel. Across the impressive Mackinac (pronounced ‘Mackinaw’, language fans) Bridge between Lakes Michigan and Huron. A short while later we were dining at the White Tails ‘eatery’, where the waiter had a very odd accent and a man watched TV wearing a huge cheese on his head. I had a wet burrito and chilli cheese fries.
Pasties were for sale everywhere, tribute to the many Cornish immigrants who settled here (I imagine). We scoured the shoreline a little, looking for Petoskey stones, then followed a long drive home after a good day seeing real America.
Before bed I ventured outside to look at the sky, and OMG THE STARS! A complete absence of light pollution meant I saw the Milky Way, properly. I’ve never done that before. Speechless, really.