After our enjoyable pause on the UP we toured over to the Mackinac (pr. Mackinaw) Bridge area and camped in a lovely campsite on the South shore of lake Huron near Mackinaw City (spelling difference is deliberate). This area has a lot of history dating back to the early 1600's and earlier. The phrase "from furs to fudge" is common to describe this area - early fishing and fur trading and now tourism with fudge factories and fast food etc. - fishing and the the fur trade were big in the early years then the benefits of tourism helped restore and re - create the area that was once known as Michilimackinac Island (now wrap your tongue around that one!!!!!) and Straits (before the bridge was built between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron).
We took a jet boat ride over to the island where motor vehicles have been banned since 1898 - so it has an amazing ambiance of character and odor - 400 - 500 people live on the island full time and in the summer there are about 700 horses (most of them winter on the UP) serving all kinds of necessary work tasks on the island - freight, waste management, taxis, private vehicles etc. They even have a honey wagon going around picking up you know what!
|"Honey Wagon" on Mackinac Island|
|Our Mackinac Island Transportation|
|Arch Rock on Mackinac Island|
|Three HP when we encountered more hills|
|Transportation leaving the Grand Hotel|
|Mackinac Bridge (Opened in 1957) over the Mackinac Straits. A brief 6 week ice bridge affords snow machine connection between tthe Island and the he mainland each winter|
Next stop - Midland Michigan