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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Somewhere in Mackinac

I got home last night from Mackinac Island, very exhausted from traipsing around with Bria and her Girl Scout troop.  But we had so much fun.  I have always wanted to go to Mackinac, so I jumped at the chance when the troop announced this activity.


I was wishing I hadn't paid for it once Joel's class got canceled, but I am so very glad we went now that it's in the past.  No regrets.  Except that maybe I ate too much.

I took around 500 pictures, and since Joel is gone, I've been spending lots of time in front of Photoshop.

Here are a few (okay, so there are more than a few) of my favorites from the first day of our trip.  I'll have plenty more later, I'm quite sure!

Our first stop was Marquette, which is about 2 hours from where I live.  We found our first letterbox there, and Bria was hooked for the rest of the trip and couldn't wait to go on all the letterboxing expeditions.  She liked it so much, that I am going to make sure we go often during the summer.

I took this photo of Lake Superior during that stop.

Lake Superior

Then we got down to "The Bridge" which is approximately 5 1/2 hours from my house. The Mackinac Bridge is just 28 feet short of 5 miles long and used to be the longest suspension bridge in the world.  It is still the longest in the Western Hemisphere and I have no idea where or what the bridge is that beat it out, but there you go.  Fun facts about the Mackinac Bridge.

Now, just to warn you, I am in love with bridges. (As evidenced here, here and here.)  So put on your seatbelts for a few photos of this one.

First, we stopped at a Bridgeview park before crossing the bridge.




Mackinac Bridge

Bria with Bridge





Mackinac Bridge





Statue with Bridge




Mackinac Bridge

Then we crossed the bridge into Mackinaw City (by the way, Mackinac is pronounced Mackinaw and I suppose the city got sick of mispronunciation, so they change the spelling) and caught the ferry over to Mackinac Island.


Our ferry was called The Marquette.




The Marquette



Here is our ferry pulling out of Mackinaw City and towards the island.  I love the spray that they send out behind them.



Leaving Mackinaw City

Obviously, I had to catch another view (or twenty) of the bridge while we were on the boat.

Mackinac Bridge


A view of the ferry dock.


Mackinac Island


And, of course, The Grand Hotel.   If you don't know The Grand Hotel, it's in the movie Somewhere in Time with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.  Love that movie.  The hotel is pretty darn grand, too.  It seems to take up the entire island as you are coming toward it on the water.  This was also the only time I could get the whole thing in my viewfinder, since I was far enough away.  Once on land, I could only get snippets.  Especially since you are charged $10.00 just to set foot on the property.  And, unless you are rolling in the dough, forget about a room there--it runs around $500.00 per night, per person.  The suite is $3,000.00 a night!  Dressing for dinner is mandatory.


But it sure is a beautiful building.


The Grand Hotel


Once we arrived on the island, we went to a park by the lake (Lake Huron, fyi) to eat our dinner.  The seagulls were hoping for some handouts.  But, we obeyed the posted sign.


Seagull and Yellow Umbrella



Positively No Feeding of Seagulls


In fact, we obeyed all the posted signs.


No Swimming


After dinner, we decided to do some more letterboxing.  I used the time to explore with my camera, but the thrill of finding the letterboxes was also very cool.

Bria thought so, too.  Like I said, she fell in love with letterboxing.


Letterboxing on Mackinac Island


There are no cars allowed on the island, so there are lots of horses and carriages around.


Hooves


And there are bikes everywhere.


Wheels


The real estate is pretty amazing, and just plain pretty.


Orange house


I want to live in this house.


Island Home (back)



Doors



Island Home (front)


But the most magnificent views, were definitely the ones God Himself created.  With maybe a little bit of help from man for a lighthouse or a streetlamp here and there.


View of the Lighthouse



Lamp Post



By the Boardwalk



Dusk


I will post more next week. Just as soon as I can figure out a reason to live there for the summers.

22 comments :

  1. It looks so calm and serene. Beautiful!

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  2. My brother served in Marquette for six months, but it was winter...not quite as idyllic.

    Second, I LOVE the Mackinac Bridge. Seriously, everytime the episode of Modern Marvels on History Channel comes on about the bridge, I watch. So very cool. Now I am insanely jelous that you've been there.

    As for Mackinac island, do the people that live there have cars? How do they get around in the winter? Sleigh?

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  3. Joyce, they have snowmobiles for winter. Those are allowed. :)

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  4. My parents attended some doctor conference there years ago and stayed in the GRAND HOTEL! They said it was truly amazing and that they went from fudge shop to fudge shop all through the town. I would not survive there....well, at least not at a reasonable weight. :-)

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  5. I did a search on keweenaw county for letterboxing. Quite a few in Cooper Harbor and Eagle River. We have the bug too.

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  6. So fun to read your newfound and refreshing excitement about "the bridge" and Mackinac Island...we pass over and sometimes stay there every summer on our way to spend some time just a bit north of you (and I think I probably have almost all of my almost 40 years!). It's still kept exciting though through the eyes of the kids, which is fun to see.

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  7. Those are incredible Lara.
    And I could so live in that house too!

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  8. Gorgeous! I'll probably never see that island personally so thank you for transporting me there today through your blog.

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  9. Beautiful shots! Goodness. Glad you got a little adventure and that you are able to avoid regretting it. (I can't think clearly enough to articulate what I mean, just that I'm glad you weren't just worried about the money etc.)

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  10. Oh my goodness! I am now having visions of 1900. I will go halvsies with you to live there in the summer. And a hotel that demands dressing for dinner? I am so in love!

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  11. Your photographs of your trip are stunning! I loved tagging along with you on your journey. So lovely!

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  12. I feel more relaxed and tranquil just having seen these pictures! Lovely work, Lara.

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  13. Some of us are lucky enough to live on Mackinac all year!

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  14. Lovely pictures! I'm glad you made the decision to go before you were put in a position were you couldn't have said yes. Looks like a lot of fun. I've been meaning to letterbox with my kids forever, but haven't done it yet.

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  15. What a photo essay! I loved this post.

    Could I post some of your picts to my blog sometime, linking back to you & giving you full credit, of course. Loved these to bits & pieces!!!

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  16. Beautiful scenery and stunning architecture, I love architecture. I will drive around looking at houses for design inspiration and imagine how I would configure rooms based on the outside dimensions :)

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  17. Kate has that shirt! :)

    What gorgeous pics. I want to live in that house, too!

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  18. I made this pilgrimage with an ex-boyfriend. We argued the entire day and broke up before I went home. Thank goodness I dumped his trash, it left me with fond memories of this beautiful place--the moment I pulled my head out of the sand and moved on.

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  19. Lately I keep encountering Mackinac Island. In books, in magazines, on blogs. You have clinched the deal. It's on my must-list for vacation spots. And, oh my, what gorgeous images you captured.

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  20. Ohhhhh! So, so beautiful. And no cars! Definitely going on my vacation wish list.

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