Just in time, Erik and I were able to join Carol and some of her friends for a Labor Day weekend group trip up to Mackinac to “Walk the Bridge”. Although we were the youngest people on the trip by about 20 years, we had a wonderful time being bused around to various attractions and generally pampered.
The first day was mostly driving, but we did stop for a humongous lunch which we quickly learned would be a theme at meal time. We also stopped to view some elk at a refuge area that had been set up near to our hotel.
Erik and I actually had a great time on the tandem although it was somewhat unnerving being in the back and not being able to see where we were going.
The window shopping was also excellent and we had the opportunity to see one of the million fudge shops actually “folding” their fudge on marble tables. Carol found out that the fudge has to be folded 57 times before it is fit to serve!
A quick ferry ride back to the mainland, and we were promptly whisked away by a casino shuttle in an effort to get us back and gambling as soon as possible. It took us some time to get our various vouchers, cards and coupons sorted, but once we did and had eaten we hit the casino floor.
Although I’ve been in casinos before I’ve never actively gambled, and can’t say I’ve ever been too interested in it, but with $20 of the casino’s money on my card I was ready to go. It was interesting to observe the incredible amount of thought put into the design and experience to keep people gambling, aka losing money. There are no windows, no clocks, your “credits” are held on cards, you have to choose to cash out your winnings over continuing play, there are drawings every hour etc.
In the end we all walked out of there with more money than we had come in with, well everyone but Erik who lost everything. The true excitement of the night though, was when Carol won $50 with her last $1! I think Erik actually pushed the button after figuring out the math of the highest possible bet combination, but Carol was the winner! Her slot machine exploded with obnoxious music for the next five minutes and we laughed hysterically and took pictures the entire time.