Come join us on Mackinac Island for our 13th Annual Spring Fling!
Come join us on beautiful Mackinac Island for a spring caching adventure! We will gather on the island in the morning at 10:00 am in the lower lobby of the Grand Hotel (Museum Room and Heritage Hall) for a brief get-together prior to venturing out to search for the island caches. Coffee and tea will be provided for attendees, along with a few other goodies to get your engines up and running! Please feel free to wear your sweatshirts and jeans, as there is no dress code in effect at this time of the year. There is also no admission charge into the hotel.
The Cyclops family has over 120 caches on the island, many of which have been placed in remote areas of the island where tourists would not normally go. It is advisable to bring your own bike, as the cache locations will take you traveling several miles around the perimeter and interior of the island. The ferry companies charge $10.00 per bicycle to bring your bike over to the island. It is possible that there may be places on the island that offer bikes to rent, but I am unable to confirm this at this early date. Dinner will be on your own. There are several restaurants on the island which will be open at this time of the year.
The two ferry lines (Shepler's and Star Line) usually do not publish their spring ferry schedules until early-April, but there are usually about five ferries a day running at this time of the year. Please be aware that crossing the Straits in April can be a bone-chilling experience. Please wear appropriate clothing (layers are suggested).
Most island stores are closed at this time of year, but a few will be open. It is likely that some fudge shops will be open too (they have been every year in the past). There are a few restaurants on the island that are open year-round, and they will be open to serve lunch and dinner. Doud's grocery store (on Main Street) will also be open, and you may purchase drinks and snacks there.
Each attendee at this event will receive a raffle ticket for a free prize drawing, which will be held back at the Grand Hotel group rooms (Museum Room and Heritage Hall) at 7:00 pm. You will be given your ticket when you return to the hotel that evening. You must be present to win. As is our usual tradition, every one in attendance will get a prize. We will also be serving cupcakes and cookies back at the hotel on Saturday night, so you can enjoy some munchies while we distribute prizes. We will also be holding another raffle for some larger prizes, and those tickets will be for sale at the event. The proceeds from the sale of the raffle tickets will be used to help offset the costs of the event. In addition, each team will also receive a special memento from the Cyclops family for attending this event.
Be sure to check out the CITO event being held this weekend too. 9th Annual Mackinac Island Multi Task CITO
If you are unfamiliar with the island, it is highly recommended that you take a map with you prior to venturing out. Some of the interior roads can be quite difficult to navigate, so be careful if you have small children with you. The perimeter road, which is 8.2 miles in length and is fairly flat, offers several caches for those who prefer a less strenuous adventure. For your convenience and planning, you can view or print the PDF file for the Mackinac Island Map.
Also, for your convenience, I have created some non-geocache waypoints. These waypoints can be downloaded as a zipped GPX file here.
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