Where the streets have no cars
Mackinac Island Travel Blog› entry 9 of 11 › view all entries
After our quick stop in Mackinaw City, we booked a ride on the 10:00 AM ferry and were off to the island. The water was relatively calm on the way to the island, and in about 20 minutes we were pulling up to the dock. Getting off the ferry feels a little bit like going back in time. You see, there are no cars allowed on Mackinac Island. Horses and carriages sit patiently, waiting to take someone around the island. Bikes line the streets and are everywhere, this is the main means of transport and it is obvious. Main street, with it's various restaurants, fudge shops, and stores was full of life even in the morning. After spending a little bit of time checking out the stores, we ducked into a restaurant called "Seabiscuit" (after the famous horse) and ate some sandwiches.
With lunch out of the way and a map in hand, Cathy and I decided to walk off lunch and went to see some of the sites of the island. We hiked up the hill toward Fort Mackinac, used several times in history thanks to it's great views of the area and location in the Great Lakes. We then headed east in search of "Arch Rock", which is a natural arch rock formation with impressive views of Lake Huron below. The walk through the forest on the island felt great, but I must warn everyone thinking about going to the island - with as many horses as Mackinac has, be very careful of where you step! We spent some time checking out the arch before moving on to "Sugar Lump Hill" named because of the resemblance to a lump of sugar...I guess :)
Our next stop was to Fort Holmes, the highest point on the island.
We'd heard so much about the Grand Hotel on the island that we really wanted to check it out before heading back to Mackinaw City. Although we were able to see the hotel from a distance, we were unable to actually get close to the hotel without paying an outrageous 12 dollars just to walk around! Feeling that looking at the hotel wasn't worth paying almost 25 dollars, we disappointedly headed back to the ferry and went back to the mainland.
On the way back, we were surprised to see how "violent" the lake had become. We were seeing waves up to six feet tall from the top of the boat! We were totally safe, but many of these waves thought it would be funny to crash up and over the boat, soaking most everyone on top! Being a rather hot day, it was a funny way to cool down :)