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Old June 8th, 2009, 06:47 PM   #1
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Mackinac Island, MI - this place has charm coming out of its ass

Mackinac island is located in the straits of mackinac, the body of water that connects lakes michigan and huron, and which seperates michiganís lower peninsula from the upper peninsula. The impressive mackinac bridge (pictured in some of the images below) connects the two peninsulas of Michigan; the island is reached via high speed ferries.

With the exception of an ambulance, a fire truck, and a police car (which are only used in emergency situations), all motorized traffic on the island is forbidden. The main modes of transportation are feet, bicycle, and horse drawn carriage. In fact Mackinac island is home to the largest working horse population left in north america.

About 9 miles in circumference, roughly 80% of the island is heavily forested state park land with lots of nice bicycle and walking trails, the rest is occupied by historic Victorian cottages, several resorts, an old fort dating from british colonial days, and a town & harbor on the islandís southern end. For over 3 centuries mackinac has served as an important control point on the great lakes separating lake michigan from lake huron, giving the island a rich commercial and military history.

Iíve been going up to the island every summer for the past 31 years and the island is truly home away from home for me. The pics below are from last week. Any way, enough rambling about the island, on with pics.



01. Sunlight filters through the leaves on one of the islandís many bicycle trails






02. The house my family and i stay in on the island, deep in the woods on about 3 acres of forested land.







03. The trail from the road leading up to the house we rent







04. One of the centuries old cemeteries in the islandís interior







05. An attractive garden in town







06. A scenic view from a trail along one of the islandís many bluffs.






07. Marquette park, on the edge of main street







08. One of the islandís many limestone formations back in the woods







09. Overview of the eastern side of town







10. Trail in the island interior







11. The famous arch rock overlooking the water






12. A dead seagull I saw on the beach







13. A cottage on the east bluff







14. Busy main street in town. Busy streets rock when they ainít full of cars







15. A view from fort holmes down to fort mackinac







16. The islandís pleasure craft marina






17. Another scenic overlook







18. A nice round stone church







19. The grand hotel, the islandís most famous resort







20. An alley in town







21. A quiet residential side street in town






22. East side cottage







23. Market street in town







24. East side B&B






25. East bluff cottage







26. A side street ending in a stairway up the bluff






27. Bike trail in the interior







28. The murray hotel







29. Main street







30. The old decaying entry gates of fort holmes, at the very top of the island







31. East side Victorian hotel






32. Marquette park






33. Pretty flowers. This island has some immaculately maintained gardens







34. Main street






35. Marquette park with the marina beyond







36. Outdoor restaurant on the edge of town






37. Private horse stable






38. A giant iron ore freighter passing by the island







39. The old barracks building inside fort mackinac







40. East side







41. Mission church, one of the oldest existing churches in Michigan. It looks like it belongs in new england






42. Pubs in town







43. West bluff cottages







44. A newish condo development on the water, seen from across the harbor







45. The stately st. anneís church on the east side







46. The majestc grand hotel in all of its linear porch-laden glory






47. The beautiful waters of the straights area







48. East side, with the fort looming in the distance







49. Main street







50. View of the harbor from the fort







51. View of town from the fort






52. More east side cottages







53. The new harbor lighthouse







54. Main street







55. Another big ore boat plying the waters of the straits







56. Main street






57. The fort looming over the marina







58. Main street







59. A classic motor yacht







60. the marina with east bluff cottages above







61. town






62. Private boat docks in the harbor







63. A nice west bluff victorian







64. Harbor scene







65. A high speed ferry leaving the dock







66. You know these guys are having a blast out there






67. St. anneís from across the harbor







68. Side street in town







69. A west bluff beauty






70. The dilapidated coal dock in the harbor






71. town






72. My arts and crafts project for the week, a model of mighty mac







73. Market street







74. The backside walls of fort mackinac







75. Windimere hotel







76. West bluff view






77. Thereís the real deal, mighty mac stretching cross the straits







78. A small alley in town






79. Market street






80. I just canít get enough of that beautiful great lakes water







81. A block house of the fort






82. The bridge at sunset






83. Even in the harbor, the waters are crystal clear, this water is about 25 feet deep







84. Cottages on the west side of town







85. A freighter passes in the south channel with the old round island lighthouse in the foreground






86. East bluff






87. East bluff over the harbor






88. Pretty clouds over the harbor







89. Trying to be artsy at breakfast one morning






90. Two pallets of dry wall loaded on a dray bound for a construction site on the island







91. Lighthouse at sunset






92. A ferry pulls into the harbor catching the last rays of the day






93. A ferry speeds in front of the bridge at sunset







94. The bridge with some cool clouds







95. Main street with the fort looming above







96. Goodbye mackinac, until next summer

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Old June 9th, 2009, 05:29 AM   #2
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Nice work! Ive always wanted to check it out up there.
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Old June 9th, 2009, 11:19 AM   #3
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Man, this takes me back. After living in industrial mid-michigan for so long, I've forgotten how beautiful this state is outside of the Flint and Detroit metros.
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Old June 9th, 2009, 07:06 PM   #4
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Beautiful island; also the terrain on those island, the trees, the houses etc are very nice thanks
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Old June 11th, 2009, 10:07 PM   #5
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i forgot to post this one.

97. pano from the top of the island, ~330' above the water. SCROLL---------------------------------------->

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Old June 12th, 2009, 07:55 AM   #6
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Beautiful Island, and a great job of photographing it as well! I've been over the Mackinac bridge - which is awesome - but didn't know much about the island. I would have to question the claim that the island has the largest population of working horses in NA. Considering that Old Order Mennonites in Pennsylvania and Ontario (just to name two jurisdictions) still travel using horse & buggy, your claim can't be true.... The Region of Waterloo in Ontario has around 4,000 Old Order Mennonites just by itself.... I don't know the numbers around Lancaster, PA.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 09:28 AM   #7
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God! I love Northern Michigan! I spent a summer in the Traverse City area and the lakes around there look like they should be in the tropics. Truly a unique landscape back there with giant sand dunes, cliffs, and the extraordinary water. Thanks for this throwback!
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Old June 12th, 2009, 12:16 PM   #8
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holy crap!!!! great photos, looks like a great place to spend the summer!
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Old June 12th, 2009, 10:59 PM   #9
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I would have to question the claim that the island has the largest population of working horses in NA. Considering that Old Order Mennonites in Pennsylvania and Ontario (just to name two jurisdictions) still travel using horse & buggy, your claim can't be true.... The Region of Waterloo in Ontario has around 4,000 Old Order Mennonites just by itself.... I don't know the numbers around Lancaster, PA.
we're probably talking about different meanings for the term "working horses". i was using the term to mean horses that are employed by a company for the purpose of making money, literally a horse with a job or a "working horse". yes, those amish communities where people still get around by horses do have more total horses, but they are almost all privately owned. but still, those are "working horses" too in a different sense because they are still working for their owners, as opposed to show horses or race horses or polo horses or what have you.
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Really really beautiful.
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Great looking place, I'd never even heard of it before I saw this thread! Is there much a a permanent population on the island or is it pretty much all tourists and seasonal workers?

If I had one of those nice looking boats here, could I travel across the great lakes and down the ST Lawrence to say Montreal? That would be pretty cool.
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Is there much a a permanent population on the island or is it pretty much all tourists and seasonal workers?
there are only about 500 hearty souls who live on the island year round. it's a pretty isolated place in winter. the rest are workers, tourists, and cottage during the summer season.




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If I had one of those nice looking boats here, could I travel across the great lakes and down the ST Lawrence to say Montreal?
you sure could. you could sail down lake huron and then into lake erie via the detroit river and then into lake ontario via the welland canal and then onto montreal via the st. lawrence seaway and eventually on out into the atlantic ocean. you could also travel up into lake superior via the st. mary's river and then you could also take your boat down lake michigan to chicago, and if it's a power boat (no mast), then you could also travel down the chicago river to the chicago sanitary and ship canal and then into the des plaines river and then into the illinois river, and then into the mississippi river where you could travel up to minneapolis/st. paul or down the river to st. louis, memphis, new orleans and eventually the gulf of mexico. you could also take a detour up the ohio river and hit louisville, cincinnati, and pittsburgh, and lots of other diversions on navigable rivers.

so you can in fact travel from new orleans all the way to montreal by boat without ever touching salt water. the interior of the continent of north america is flush with long distance boat journeys.


here's a map of america's navigable waterways:

source: http://www.cmts.gov/nationalstrategy.htm
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Thanks Steely Dan, you're not in the band are you? One of my best friends goes to see Donald Fagen every time he comes to the UK.

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you can in fact travel from new orleans all the way to montreal by boat
Hey that would be a great trip.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 12:25 AM   #14
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Thanks Steely Dan, you're not in the band are you?
no, not by a long shot, i'm just a really big fan.
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Makinac Island is such a great example of authentic U.S. culture and architecture. It's so funny because places like Disney and other theme parks are always trying to replicate that look. I can imagine Summer and late spring are probably the only fun times to go visit though. Unless you can snowmobile around the island...
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That place looks AMAZING!! If I ever get the chance to go to America, I definately wanna check that place out! You're sure right about it's charm!
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