Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Mackinac Island, MI

We are staying a couple of nights at an RV park in Cedarville, MI. This is a view from our "back yard". Not bad, huh?! We can watched the seagulls, ducks, and swans. And earlier today we saw a bald eagle soaring above our site chasing an osprey. Pretty neat stuff...

This morning we took a catamaran (fast moving ferry) over to Mackinac Island from St. Ignace. The trip took about 15 minutes and this is a photo of the first thing we saw as we neared the island. I know...another lighthouse!

A view of Mackinac Island mansions on a cliff overlooking Lake Huron. Wouldn't you love to have one of these "cottages" for a summer house? I sure would, so I better start buying a bunch of lottery tickets!

The island harbor was a busy place this morning. We arrived here about 10 AM and it was already bustling with tourists. The white structures and wall at the top of the hill is Fort Mackinac.
A helpful gentleman at the chamber of commerce said the walk up to the fort was very steep, so we decided to tackle it first. When we got there a tour had just started with a demonstration of firing a cannon. Wow, talk about making your ears ring! The British founded the fort in 1780 during the American Revolution. Americans took control of it in 1796. Feel like you are getting a history lesson? We sure did when we toured it, and we learned quite a bit.
We walked everywhere we went and really enjoyed the exercise. Although I have to admit, all those horse drawn carriages started looking pretty good after a couple of hours.

The harbor looking down from the fort. The larger boat in the center of the picture is like the catamaran we took this morning.

One of the village streets on the island. Carey and Carolyn, you were right! Every second or third store IS a fudge shop. I read in one of the brochures that tourists are called "fudgies" by the locals. Now I know why. Actually, we didn't buy any fudge at all. We were not very good tourists! I say, just give me a good ole Hershey Bar any time...

I know you can't read the sign very well, but it is rare that we have a photo with both of us in it. We were walking up another steep little street when a nice lady offered to take this picture. I just had the camera out as an excuse to catch my breath! The sign says Mackinac Island State Park.

This church was built in 1904 with stones from the island. The stained glass windows were just beautiful.

Last but not least...This is the Grand Hotel. Built in 1887 it is believed to be the largest summer resort in the world. The front porch which measures 660 feet long goes down to a green sloping lawn covered in all kinds of blooming flowers and shrubs.
Well, that pretty much covers our adventure for today. We will be leaving the Michigan U.P. in the morning. We'll cross the Mackinac Bridge and head south. We aren't sure where we will stop next, but I will definitely keep you posted...

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