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June 9, 2014

Amish Cook takes family trip

Our family had a very nice relaxing Memorial Day weekend. We left at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday morning bound for Mackinac Island. We stayed at a motel in St. Ignace on Saturday night. Sunday morning we took the ferry over to the island and spent the day there. It gave us all some history lessons. One of our highlights was driving over the Mackinac Bridge that connects the

Lower Peninsula to the Upper Peninsula. We even saw patches of snow still on the island. The ferry ride was chilly as we wanted to set on top deck. It was quite a different experience: The wonders of God's creations.

We have often heard of Mackinac Bridge and Island. But not until you see it can you really grasp the wonders of it. When I asked the children what the highlight of their trip was I get different answers such as the ferry, the bridge, the pool at the motel. I don't think anyone mentioned the island as their favorite part.

Loretta was very worn out from all the walking. Finally we talked to the man at the livery stable and he let us rent their buckboard wagon and Ned, a big workhorse. The wagon had three seats and could seat all of us. We took in a lot more scenery after that and rode around the island for two hours.

When we arrived back to St. Ignace the children wanted to go swimming again. The pool relaxed them all, especially Loretta. They also had a hot tub and that relaxed her muscles. Loretta can swim and that is an exercise that she is able to do. Water relaxes her muscles.

We arrived back home safe and sound Monday around 3 p.m. It was a very nice family trip that will have good memories in years to come. Having a daughter that needs extra time to get around puts us back to a slower pace. It makes us appreciate our health and gives us a sympathetic view of other people with handicaps.

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