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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mackinac Island

I had been looking forward to Mackinac Island for the entire trip around Lake Michigan.  I hear wonderful things about it, and was glad we were going to get to spend some quality time there.

We took a ferry ride from Mackinaw City over to the island.  The boys were impressed with the "rooster tail" on the ferry.

There are no cars allowed on the island - just bikes and horses.  The streets were lined with bikes for rent or already rented.

We understand there are only 4 motorized vehicles on the island - one police car, an ambulance, and 2 fire trucks if I'm not mistaken.  The major crimes involve picking flowers and plants - hefty fines for even one leaf.

Some of the older homes were so pretty.

This church had to cover their beautiful stained-glass windows with plexiglass because someone thought it was a good idea to put a golf course in right next door.

We took a horse and carriage ride all over the island.  It was a great way to see everything.  They had some really pretty horses.

These were our horses for part of the tour.

Here we are in our official photo - you can see us in the second row from the back.

This is Arch Rock - a natural limestone arch formed during the Wisconsin glaciation period.  That's Lake Huron 146 feet below.

View of Lake Huron from the Arch Rock.

We did not tour Fort Mackinac, but it was fun to see from our horse carriage.

Boy Scouts come to Mackinac Island all summer and are responsible for a number of ceremonies and tours at Ft. Mackinac.

This is the Michigan Governor's summer home.  She wasn't there when we were.

The boys as we were walking around sightseeing.

Get it - the Town Crier.

Thomas at lunch on Mackinac Island - gosh he's getting so big.

Brennan on the ferry ride back

I love this photo.  We did not tour Ft. Michillimackinac in Mackinaw City.  But I love this photo of the Fort and the Mackinac Bridge in the background.

Mackinac Island has 17 fudge shops, 4 veteranarians, and 1 doctor - you see where the priorities are! 
We really enjoyed our time in Mackinaw City and on Mackinac Island.  I would love to go back one day and take David.  I think we'd have a lot of fun on rented bikes, playing on the beach on Lake Huron.  And who knows, maybe even buy some more fudge!

1 comment:

Liz said...

Did you know Girl Scouts come to the island as well? And believe it or not, there are often more than four vehicles. Like when we built our house, (we live on Mackinac year-round)the modular pieces had to be trucked up to our property. The city issues vehicle permits for jobs requiring vehicles. BUT, if a job can be done with horse power, you can't get one.

You can read about building it here: http://quiltedturtle.blogspot.com/2008/11/thankful-for-my-home.html