year, Echo returned to the North for the reunion
- Mackinaw City, Michigan. Our hosts were
Jerry and Murial Smithwick.
On my way to the reunion, I visited
my Mom and friends in Wisconsin. This was
the week of the floods and constant rain from Western
Iowa to Eastern Wisconsin. There was also
flooding in N. Illinios, Indiana, and Central Michigan.
We got some showers, but not enough to impact
Tuesday, a large group headed up
to Tahquamenon Falls. The Falls were beautiful,
the mosquitoes were relentless. Wednesday
we toured Mackinac Island - boat ride, carriage
tour, Wings of Michigan, and lunch at the Grand
There were the golf, fishing, and
shooting tournaments. I headed out to take
a couple photos of the starts, then went my own
way. Thursday I toured Colonia Michilimackinac
and the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. Friday,
it was Historic Mill Creek and the Icebreaker Mackinac.
In the evenings, there were the poker and bunko
I had signed up for the Big Mac
Shoreline Spring Bike Tour. I rode the 25
mile tour. Great weather for the ride. Finally,
the meeting (no confirmation of next year's reunion)
I rode my bike (Trek Fuel EX7 - full suspension)
most of the places I went. The trip to Tahquamenon
Falls was too far - thanks for the ride, Hank &
Mel. Drove to take photos of golfing and fishing.
Otherwise, everywhere I went, it was by bicycle.
The only complaint I had was that the only place
there were bicycle stands were along Huron St -
and not many of them.