Last summer Chyanne our granddaughter spent a week with us up north, we spent a couple days camping near Harrison, then we went back to our place near Kalkaska, Michigan. Part of one day Chy and I had a photo walk on our property (we have about 8 acres), I let her use my backup camera instead of my pocket camera, which she totally loved. I may in the future do a blog post of our different photo walks that we’ve done together.
During watching TV one evening, there was a commercial about Mackinac Island, Chy told us she has never been to Mackinac Island or over the Mackinac Bridge, so we decided to make it a field/road trip before the week was over. We went to St. Ignace and took the ferry to the island, you can also take a ferry ride from Mackinaw City but we prefer to go from St. Ignace. After on the island we took a horse-drawn carriage ride that toured the island with a stop at Arch Rock, it stretches nearly 150 feet above the water, which walking out on the catwalk to see the arch freaked Chy out for she has a fear of heights. The carriage tour ended at Fort Mackinac where we were dropped off. Chy and I also visited the Butterfly House, such beautiful butterflies, which I tried to get pictures of but unfortunately they weren’t much into posing for me. Trying to get pictures of them that were in focus and close up was really challenging, more challenging than Olivia and Ava. LOL
The ferry ride on the way back to St. Ignace took us under Mackinac Bridge, which was very cool. Clare (my husband) and I have crossed the bridge many times through our lives together, by car and motorcycle. So being able to go under and get pictures from underneath was neat.
For those that aren’t familiar with the Big Mac (the bridge’s nickname of the past) construction began May 7, 1954, it opened to traffic on November 1, 1957, although the formal dedication wasn’t until June of 1958. The total length of the bridge is 5 miles. It’s a four-lane bridge, two lanes in each direction with the inner two lanes (one each way) being a grate structure and the out two of concrete. When riding over the grate and looking down you can see the water, which while riding on a motorcycle is really weird.
Now for some facts about Mackinac Island, it is located in Lake Huron and is about 8 miles in circumference. The island has about a population of 500 year-round in residence per the 2010 census. Motorized vehicles have been prohibited on the island since 1898 with the exception of snowmobiles during the winter, emergency and service vehicles. Basically travel on the island is by foot, bicycle, horses, and horse-drawn carriages. The majority of the island, approximately 80%, is preserve as Mackinac Island State Park and the island is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Some things that the island is known for is, its fudge (yum), the Grand Hotel, arch rock, Fort Mackinac, the butterfly house and of course lots of bicycles.
We had a great week together with the highlight going to Mackinac Island.
Thanks for visiting my blog, have a wonderful day.
P.S. If you have gone to the main blog page (bonniefiserphotography.com/blog) the picture shown with this post is of Clare and Chy at Horn’s Bar where we stopped to take a break and get something to eat taken with my iPhone.
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