Onward to Mackinaw City, Michigan, and Preparation for the Deepest & Coldest Scuba Dive of My Life

X Sweatshirt (I’m “up north” now; it’s chilly in the morning)

X Hike (gotta say goodbye to the Harvest Valley sheep)

X Laundromat in Mackinaw City (time for some chores)

X Dinner Surprise....

After getting to Mackinaw City and checking into my campground (the Disneyland of campgrounds, with big rigs and bigger outdoor TVs beside said rigs, but it’s fun and well appointed), I found a laundromat and did a lot of laundry. And while walking through charming, lakeside Mackinaw City, with Lakes Michigan and Huron snoozing beneath a little rain, my phone rang. The incredibly hospitable Doug of Great Lakes Dive Locker (leader of the shipwreck dive I’d booked for the following day) was calling to invite me to dinner with the dive crew. I was in!

Nonna Lisa’s in the heart of Mackinaw City left us fortified on rich Italian grub. A tiny ice-cream shack down the road stuffed us further. And the evening just unrolled with good conversation, boat stories, and Michigan-diving tales. After making my way back to camp, I took a stroll down a piece of Lake Huron beach, looking out at Mackinac Island, where I’ll spend the next three weeks writing as an artist in residence, and out at the Straits of Mackinac, where some pretty cool shipwrecks are said to lie in some pretty cold water.






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