Tiny Mackinac Island

Horse Team

Horse Team

Mackinac Island sits in Lake Huron just east of the Bridge which connects the larger part of Michigan to the Upper Peninsula.  One can ride around the island in about an hour on a bicycle as the trip is only 8 miles.  Other choices for transportation are walking and horse drawn carriage.  There are three motor vehicles, all for emergency services.  The result is a horde of bikes and a load of horse manure.  My Hotel was right next to Saint Ann’s Church which stays rather busy as this is a favorite location for Michigan Catholics to marry.  Quite a few brides were visible Saturday afternoon.   The place is touristy to the max.  There are many stores making fudge and other sorts of candy.  It costs more to rent a $400 bicycle here than it costs to rent a mid size car in most US cities.  My favorite watering hole was the Sea Biscuit which serves a very strong Train Wreck brew on draft in real 20 ounce pints.

42 responses

  1. Roswitha Mecke

    Mmmmm, I like the fudge :-)

    February 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm

  2. Great photos of Mackinac Island. I went to high school with the carriage driver!

    February 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    • Amazing that you know the gentleman, thank you.

      February 7, 2013 at 5:20 am

  3. Nice place! what an awesome collection of experiences! Thank you ; ) (clicked it all..)

    February 6, 2013 at 2:29 pm

  4. Are the bike rentals really $400 ?? I was there once, my dad and I walked around for a bit and left. The bike should power itself, do your laundry and such at that price!

    February 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    • They were $40 to $50 per day. My rented Camry was in that range. They might be cheaper by the week.

      February 6, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      • Oh crap, that seems extreme! Mackinaw Island is great but as you stated it’s tourist trap city. The bikini biker chic was cool. :)

        February 6, 2013 at 4:55 pm

  5. The horses noses look sooooo soft! Your camera (and skill) makes my camera cry. ;oD

    February 6, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    • Thank you for commenting. The surest way to improve is go out and shoot some more, and only show the good ones. HCB said that.

      February 6, 2013 at 4:53 pm

  6. Amazing photos Ron! I actually drew a breath when the photo of the horses came on. And that fudge looks wicked. I believe you managed to convey the essence of Mackinac Island just with this vibrant collection. Thank you for the lovely pleasure of seeing your work. Sharon

    February 7, 2013 at 2:26 am

    • Thank you. The images were picked with the essence in mind.

      February 7, 2013 at 8:13 am

  7. Thank you.

    February 7, 2013 at 8:02 am

  8. Horses are cool, thank you.

    February 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm

  9. I really enjoy doing B&W more than color most of the time. I liked Fudge Making and Luggage Delivery the most.

    February 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

  10. Una Buena Serie, Me gustan Los B&N, … Un Saludo

    February 13, 2013 at 12:06 pm

  11. hope your house projects get done the way you want them! Mackinac was a really fabulous place! They say it is desolate in the winter, I would love to see it covered in snow :)

    October 29, 2013 at 9:39 am

  12. Now you’re in my stompin ground :D

    October 29, 2013 at 9:43 am

  13. I love it here. The grand Hotel is really impressive, though mighty expensive. And the natural arch makes you feel like you are in the Caribbean, not Michigan. Thanks for the images.

    October 29, 2013 at 9:44 am

  14. mcrohio

    That’s awful about your contractor & general mess!! Been there – I guess it’s just life. About the island: all the good places eventually get discovered, then overrun with tourists and people out to part them from their money. Like Gatlinburg, Santa Fe, etc. If you come back to Michigan you might try Calumet – interesting town, fascinating history, cool & funky stuff there and in the area. And of course scenic beauty of the UP copper country.

    October 29, 2013 at 9:52 am

    • Some developers want to tear up the main street and put a large hotel there.

      October 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

      • mcrohio

        Are you serious? That is awful. But I’m glad you did your homework.

        October 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm

        • Someone from Michigan told me that. They would rip out all the candy shops and existing businesses. There would probably be a mall on the lower levels with much higher rents.

          October 29, 2013 at 12:09 pm

        • mcrohio

          I”m the one who told you about “development” plans for Mackinaw Island. Then I recommended Calumet, MIch, which still seems “undiscovered”, in beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula. Unless something is going on that I don’t know about, it and the area might make good “subjects” for you. Best wishes finding a better contractor and getting on with the project. Mary

          October 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm

        • Thank you for the reminder, I hope others get to read this comment.

          October 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm

  15. Awesome!!! You do such good work! Reblog: http://hrexach.wordpress.com/

    October 29, 2013 at 9:54 am

    • Thank you Doc, I will take two aspirins and see you in the morning :)

      October 29, 2013 at 10:40 am

      • Good idea!!! LOL .. :-)

        October 29, 2013 at 10:43 am

  16. I hear you about the construction issues..they can be very frustrating!!! hope all works out eventually…great photos as always!

    October 29, 2013 at 9:58 am

  17. It’s been years since I have been to Mackinac Island but your photos took me back instantly. You definitely captured the essence of this unique place.

    October 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm

  18. These pictures are breath-taking!

    October 30, 2013 at 2:25 am

  19. It was a stunning sight, but the trip over that bridge in a motorhome was terrifying in the winds of March!

    October 30, 2013 at 7:06 am

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