Mackinac Island

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As our ferry drew closer to Mackinac Island, we could identify Iroquois Hotel—the white 3-story building in the center of this picture, and Fort Mackinac beyond and above.

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Rows of stately Victorians. Ste. Anne’s Church is on the far right of this photograph.

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We walked quickly through Main Street (oops—forgot to take pics as I was in a hurry to locate the Visitors’ Center and it’s public restroom) and then headed up Fort Hill. Fort Mackinac is logically located atop Fort Hill.

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Fort Hill is steep. I wish I would have snapped better photos to illustrate that fact.

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Partway up, we could look down upon the main part of town. A tip of Round Island and the Round Island Light are also visible.

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The Fort Mackinac tower still looms above.

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Mackinac Island is especially unique as no automobiles are allowed. Horse-drawn carriages and bicycles are common forms of transportation on the island. On this trip, we chose the thrifty option. We walked.

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Terry was required to solve a problem at his workplace, so while he texted his solution, I photographed this horse-drawn street-sweeper. On Mackinac Island, we’ve learned to step carefully. We overheard a carriage tour driver announce that horses on the island distribute 4,000 to 5,000 pounds of manure each day. When you consider that Mackinac Island’s land mass is only 3.8 square miles, you might begin to imagine how many…um…compost piles one must avoid when walking.

On that lovely note, I think I’ll end this informative blogpost. Maybe more tomorrow.

9.26.11

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