Wordful Wednesday ~ The Class Trip

Well… I’m back. Did you  miss me?

Wait…. did you even notice that I was gone? Never mind… don’t answer that one.

Last week I spent a wonderful two days with my daughter on Mackinac Island for her 4th grade class trip. For me (and probably her) it was a trip of a lifetime because as many times as I’ve been to the island I’ve never had the opportunity to actually stay on the island and it has been something that I’ve always wanted to do.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit the great state of Michigan I highly recommend taking the time to visit Mackinac Island. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit and full of history.

The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel is the biggest, most beautiful (and most expensive place on the island) hotel with a strict dress code! The swimming pool at the stately Grand Hotel was built expressly for the 1946 Esther Williams film This Time for Keeps who happened to be an Olympic swimmer. Also, the Grand Hotel was the setting for the 1979 love story movie Somewhere in Time starring Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeves.

I have yet to even step foot on the front porch of that place, but it is a dream that I will one day be able to stay there. For now though I can look from afar, snap pictures, and dream of what it is like on the inside.

Lauren in a cave

Our trip included so many things to do and see! The first night there we biked the entire perimeter of the island on bikes that we rented… 8.2 miles total! I’ll be honest… it didn’t seem like it was that far because the road was flat pretty much the entire time. Of course we had to stop a few times when we found something that caught our interest… kind of like the small cave that Lauren is standing in.

butterfly

We spent some time in one of two butterfly houses on the island. There are hundreds of butterflies there from around the world and the perfect opportunity to pause and take some pictures up close of the butterflies… that is when they held still long enough. I wasn’t able to get a picture of the large blue ones that were flying around us though… it was almost as big as the palm of my hand and a beautiful bright blue with black markings on it.

Arch Rock

Arch Rock

One of my favorite locations on the island is Arch Rock. It’s a huge arch carved into the rock surrounding the edge of the hill. On a clear sunny day the water is crystal clear close to the shore and a shimmering blue the further out you look and if you’re lucky you can see fish swimming in the water.

This was one of the places that I really wanted to visit again while we were there and share it with my daughter. I knew that it would be one of the highlights of the trip and I was right.. she thought that it was really cool! Score one for mom!

So here are a few fun facts about Mackinac Island.

  • Mackinac Island (pronounced Mackinaw) owes its name to the Anishinaabe-Ojibwe Native American tribes, who called it Michilimackinac, or “Land of the Great Turtle.”
  • The island located between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas, 7 miles east of the Mackinac Bridge, in Lake Huron. It is home to 500-600 year-round residents. Yes, they stay there even in the winter when the lakes have frozen over.
  • Mackinac Island prohibits all motorized vehicles (except for emergency and government vehicles) and is home to M-185, the nation’s only state highway that prohibits motorized vehicles. I’ve only ever seen one vehicle on the island and that was the ambulance and it was parking near the medical center.
  • The island has over 68 different kinds of lilacs on it and one lilac tree that has been estimated to be 200 – 300 years old by experts.

I’m pretty sure that the class trip was one that the kids won’t forget for many years to come! I know that I won’t.

Have you taken a memorable trip with one of your kids as part of a class trip?


16 Responses to Wordful Wednesday ~ The Class Trip
  1. Kate F. @katefineske
    May 29, 2012 | 10:33 pm

    I LOVE visiting Mackinac Island. I haven’t been there in years, but (like you!) dream of the day I can stay at the Grand Hotel. What a fun family trip

    • Jackie
      May 31, 2012 | 8:26 pm

      Yea.. the Grand Hotel is a dream! But when I get to actually stay there I won’t be taking all the kids that’s for sure!

  2. angie
    May 29, 2012 | 11:56 pm

    Now that’s what I call a field trip. I’ve been on plenty of memorable field trips, but more memorable for the wrong reasons. :)

    • Jackie
      May 31, 2012 | 8:26 pm

      All of the field trips that we’ve been on have all turned out pretty good. Of course now that I say that the next ones will be horrible!

  3. Kimberly
    May 30, 2012 | 12:46 am

    That looks like so much fun!

    • Jackie
      May 31, 2012 | 8:25 pm

      It was a lot of fun! I can’t wait to go back again this summer.

  4. Stacy Uncorked
    May 30, 2012 | 11:49 am

    Oh how beautiful! You know, I lived in Michigan for a few years but never made it to Mackinac Island – thanks for letting me live vicariously through you! :)

    Funny Face

    • Jackie
      May 31, 2012 | 8:24 pm

      What?!?! You never went to the island? You need to come back for a vacation here and check it out. It’s worth the trip.

  5. Tamara
    May 30, 2012 | 2:50 pm

    I need to add this to my list of places to visit. Beautiful pics. So nice you could go with your daughter.

    • Jackie
      May 31, 2012 | 8:24 pm

      Thank you! I have a lot more pictures from the trip but didn’t want to post a ton of them in one post!

  6. Alysia George
    May 30, 2012 | 9:40 pm

    Wow, what an awesome class trip! I went to the island for the first time a couple years ago, and to be honest it totally overwhelmed me! So crowded!! I’d like to go back and stay on the island though, I bet that would be an entirely different experience. For a long time, a picture I took of Arch Rock was the header on my blog. It really is a beautiful place!

    Also, the Grand Hotel sometimes has pretty good weekend deals in the fall (my mother-in-law has gone).

    • Jackie
      May 31, 2012 | 8:23 pm

      You have to go early or late in the season when there aren’t so many people there and it’s a lot better! When we were there it mostly old people and school trips so it wasn’t to bad.

      Thanks for the Grand Hotel tip! I may have to talk the husband into going this fall for my birthday.

  7. Mrs. Weber
    May 30, 2012 | 9:48 pm

    Awww, love this!!! Glad you had a nice time. It’s also a dream of mine to stay in the Grand Hotel…and have a drink on the front porch! I’ve never been to the butterfly house – but I love your pic. I have a weakness for their beauty.

    Why was there no mention of fudge here? Were you able to resist?!

    • Jackie
      May 31, 2012 | 8:22 pm

      Oh … the fudge… I bought 4 slices of it! So no… there was no resisting it!

  8. Jess
    May 31, 2012 | 2:13 am

    How fun! I would love to visit there with my kids.

    • Jackie
      May 31, 2012 | 8:21 pm

      It is a great place to visit with or without the kids!

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