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Fishing and weather was fantastic! I'm still in the process of uploading pics to photobucket, but here's a sampling.....

Driving over the Mackinac Bridge. At 5 miles long, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, although I believe that record has been broken by another bridge somewhere. This year is Big Mac's 50th anniversary:



Sunset shot taken from the car after we went over the bridge:



Railroad track we crossed on the logging road we took to the dock where we got picked up to go to the lodge:



Same logging road, coming over a hill. In real life this was a truly breath-taking view:



The dock where we were picked up:



It was really foggy there, waiting for the boat:













My brother and brother-in-law:



A tree growing out of a rock:



The Loch Island Lodge, main building. There are 4 or 5 cabins on the island (to the right of the lodge), ours was a nice and spacious 3-bedroom with electricity:



The owners plane. He took my brother up to try and get some aerial pics of the lodge and surrounding area:



Bill, me and Mike after a morning of fishing. Mike's 24", 4 pound walleye was the big walleye of the trip:



Cottams Creek, which flows into Lake Wabatongushi. They have canoes for people to use on this stream to go for brook trout:



I took this shot standing on the rocks above the falls at Cottams Creek, this is part of Patterson Bay:



My bro standing at the start of the creek:



Sunset shot taken from the boat:



We used Fire Tiger Rappallas for a lot of our pike fishing, they work very well:



Some lichen on the shore near a good fishing spot:



Poachers Bay, another good pike spot:



Me and my biggest, a 30 inch pike:



Loch Island Lodge:



And finally, what I wore while there!



We saw a large grey wolf on the morning drive in, and a small black bear on the trip home. We also saw well over a dozen bald eagles. No moose sightings, though........

Paul
 

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Fantastic pics. love the pike fishing myself as live beside Loch Lomond and some biggies caught there. British record was caught there of 47lbs:-!
Looks like you had a fantastic trip so welcome back.
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Great pics. Now that looks like a great place to wake up everyday. That is my idea of a great vacation.

Thanks for posting them.
 

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FANTASTIC pics Paul...sounds like you had a great time!

BTW, the world's longest suspension bridge is in Japan, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge. It crosses the Akashi Strait and links Maiko in Kobe and Iwaya on Awaji Island as part of the Honshū-Shikoku Highway. Its center span is 6,532 ft and its total length is 12,831 ft.

The Mackinac Bridge is the longest two tower suspension bridge between anchorages, 8,614 feet, in the Western Hemisphere. Because of the long leadups to the anchorages on the Mackinac, from waterline to waterline it is much longer than the Akashi-Kaikyo (5 mile compared to 2.4 mile).

Just thought you'd want to know ;-)!!

Again, thanks for sharing your adventure :-!!

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All I can say is you suck:-d. I wish I could go someplace like that. Excellent pics. Made me orange with envy. Glad you are back and that you had a great trip.

You may have to hold down the fort as I am leaving for Bonaire on Sat, and I am still not sure if I will have internet...........:-x
 

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Nice!! I love fishin' for Northern Pike!!!:-!
 

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Fantastic shots Paul!! |>|>|> Glad you had a great time and caught a "few" fish!!!! :-d:-d:-d:-d

Stephen

hope to be fishing Erie in a few weeks for Smallies!!!!! :-!
 

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Welcome back Paul, looks like a great spot! Very peaceful up there eh? Graet place to let the worlds worries melt away :-!.
 
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