After all of the excitement of the #minionthemack2015 we decided to skip the music festival and find some fun of our own! Anyways, it was some sort of Jimmy Buffet tribute band and that’s not really my genre. Since Ali, Mark, Alex, German and Krystal had gone over to the island, the rest of us decided to hang out. We dropped off Melissa’s car at the hotel and she climbed into My Precious. Rey had some time to kill before church so he followed us to the world famous Mystery Spot.
So we bought our tickets and waited for our turn to go in and see what was so mysterious.
The Mystery Spot has a crooked building and when you go in everything is slanted. They take you through a couple of rooms and make you (well, really it was just Rey and some random children) do simple tasks like try to walk on a board that’s on an incline and get out of a chair that’s tipped back.
We had a bit more time before Rey had to leave us so we decided to double back to the Deer Park for some selfies with the giant deer.
Rey took off to catch mass and Melissa, Brandy and I decided to pop into Suzy’s Pasties because we thought that would be an excellent photo opportunity and none of us really knew what a pastie was! Along the way we stopped for a photo shoot at an overlook with an excellent view of the Mackinac Bridge.
The pastie shop was actually great fun! There was a kid working the register. We ordered one of each (for our photo shoot) and learned that pasties are like meat turnovers (except for Brandy’s which was the veggie version, I was not a fan). Suzy came out to help with the order and told us we were mispronouncing “pastie” though we were kind of enjoying the joke! She had an excellent selection of Yooper postcards so we got one of those as well. Then we took our pasties out for some photo fun.
Some guy passing by told Melissa they were supposed to be dipped in gravy but none of us
liked gravy had the patience for that.
We had a lot of time to kill before Rey got out of church so we decided to head towards Castle Rock where we were going to meet him in case there was anything to do over there. Along the way we stopped to take a picture with the local moose since Brandy had not had any luck spotting one anywhere else!
But trying to break records is hard work and it’s important to stay hydrated so we stopped at a cantina on the way for some adult beverages.
When we were fully refreshed we decided to head back to Castle Rock and wait for Rey. Then we drove by a deserted Victorian Village and discovered that and the adjacent putt putt course were for sale! We stopped to explore in case this was a potential
goldmine business opportunity.
Nobody else seemed to care that the putt putt course had some no trespassing signs and there was a cop car parked across the street at the American Legion hall so we ducked under the cobwebs and climbed over the rope to explore.
Rey called and said mass was over and he was on his way so we got back on the road and all of us went to Castle Rock. Because the locals love the MINIs, we got in for free! We stopped to check out the souvenirs on the way.
Castle Rock has nothing to do with castles, my friends. It’s just a big piece of rock that is really fucking high and has a lot of fucking stairs to get there! I mean it! I live in a fourth floor walk up and try to avoid stairs if possible since I get to climb them so much at home.
Totally worth the climb when we got to the top and saw the view!
On the way back down we strayed from the path for a few photos.
We also stopped to check out Paul Bunyan which was actually the reason we’d stopped at Castle Rock in the first place.
Rey was hungry and wanted to go get some dinner so we bout a few trinkets and headed out the door. As we walked out we ran into a family posing for pictures with My Precious. I stopped to talk with them.
We decided to go to Bob’s Big Boy because of the amount of fun we’d imagine we would be having with the giant statues out front but it turned out we had the nicest waitress in the world, delicious food, and even more fun once we went inside!
It was starting to get dark and since we were so close to the North Pole or something it must have been close to midnight or something. We headed to the gas station to fill up for our journey home and then back to the hotel. But did we let the fun end there? No, my friends, we did not! We parked our cars and walked next door to the Souvenir Barn. While everyone else was shopping, I took a trip to the rooftop viewing platform to catch a sunset picture (which I’m sure my friend Hilary can appreciate!)