Saturday, November 04, 2006

Mackinaw Island
Everyone in Michigan knows this island which is located between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, which is also between upper and lower Michigan. It can only be reached by boat or plane. Most of the island is now a State Park and our shortest State Road (8 miles) runs around the island. There are no cars allowed. (There is a fire truck and ambulance.) Bikes, horses and in the winter, snowmobiles are used for navigation. Michigan provides our Governor with a summer house on the island. The island is known for Mackinaw fudge which is made and sold in many shops. Visitors to the island are known as fudgies by the locals which are called islanders. Most places close at the end of October and with that most of the people and horses go to the main land for the winter. Until the lakes freeze over, the boats run at least once a day for the people who live on the island permanently. There are several churches and a school. When the great lakes freeze over (They never did last winter.), snowmoblies are used to go to and from the island. Most years this can be done during the month of February.

Before I left Michigan I joined 240 other senior citizens who visited the island for four days. There were four such groups during the month of October. It is a special program by the Parks and Recreation. Association. It's the first time I went with them and it was great, even if the weather was cold. Posted by Picasa


Sweet P said...

We visited Mackinaw Island many, many years ago on one of our vacations around Lake Superior. I love the Grand Hotel and would love to take my husband there someday. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

Libby said...

Looks and sounds like a great place to visit -- the Grand Hotel is really stately looking.

Finn said...

Hi Katie, *VBS*, so good to see you posting again!!! It's been a century(it feels like) since I was on Mac Island. It is lovely, but best viewed in mid summer. Otherwise that's one COLD crossing to get there.
We used to camp on the mainland and just go across for the day. It's so beautiful.
I had thought I'd be visiting again this summer(mid July) with a tour group, but the darn back stuff nixed those plans.
Great pictures !! Hugs, Finn