My trip to Mackinac Island over the Labor Day weekend was so exquisite that given a chance, I would go back to the Island and experience it all over again. The Island is located in Michigan and is accessible by a ferry from Mackinaw city that takes a few minutes to get to the Island. It is surrounded by Lake Michigan and Lake Huron which is cut across by the magnificent Mackinaw bridge. The moment I got out of the ferry, I could see tourists touring around the island in bicycles. The Island is just lovely and reminded me of the old days when there were no cars and the means of transport for everything including luggage/posts were carriages. The downtown of this little island was very extraordinary with horse carriages and bikes in both lanes, even the police was riding a bike. I was amazed to see the cute little Island which has a population of just 500 lucky people.
We headed towards the Mackinac Fort to learn more about the historical significance of this old town and enjoyed watching canyon and rifle firing with short description of how people survived during the wars. We then rented a bike to go around the Island that was a stretch of 8 miles surrounded by beautiful turquoise blue water on one end and forest on the other. I rode a tandem bike for the first time in my life and it was such an enjoyable experience. At a distance of about 2 miles, we parked our bikes to climb up and catch a sight of the arch rock. The view of the water from the arch rock was just breath-taking. We then continued to bike along the lake shore for 8 miles, the pleasant breeze and perfect weather made our ride very enjoyable.
We then reached back to downtown and started to explore the Island on foot. I enjoyed looking through shops with souvenir art shops and beautiful flower arrangements along the streets. The houses by the streets resembled farm houses with beautiful flower gardens and stables. We then walked towards the Grand Hotel which is the most famous hotel in the Island. We then made our way back to the market to enjoy some delicacies of the Island, delicious fudge and Mexican food. Over all I just loved my short one day visit to the Mackinac island and I would recommend it to all the travelers who are looking for an offbeat travel destination.
September 16, 2015 at 5:45 am
I’m glad you had a wonderful time! Your post reminded me of a journal entry my husband’s grandfather wrote in Hungarian many a few years after he arrived in the United States. One of his sons translated the journal into English for our enjoyment. Although his grandfather complained a little bit in the entry, I consider it to be a real treasure. Incidentally, $3.50 was a lot of money in those days.
1917 – Aug. 25. Yesterday, I went to the picnic of the Peerless Auto Co. for its employees which was held on a small island in Sandusky Bay on Lake Erie at Cedar Point. This is a very nice island here. Many come here by boat and from far away, but we came on the train to Sandusky. It took 3 hours from Cleveland and 1/2 hour on the water or boat. We arrived there at 11:30 am, since we left at 8 am Saturday and returned Sat. 8 pm. But, I did not enjoy this either, as elsewhere, as they had only children’s entertainment. I did like the good fresh air, that was here and to look at what? (the water) and to drink?? if there was any. But of course, I brought with me, one gallon of good California wine and also some food, from home. Last year, I worked at this time also here, but I did not come out then to the picnic. But this year, I did, as I have not been anywhere, since I am in America. This entertainment cost me $3.50 cents, but at least, I saw this place, also.
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September 16, 2015 at 2:28 pm
Wow Iva, 1917 goes far back. Thank you for sharing his experience. I will definitely look up for this Island as Cedar Point is not to far from Chicago. Makes me so happy that you can relate to these kind of experiences after reading my posts.
Again thanks for reading 🙂
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