We’ve been on vacation up on Mackinac Island for a while but it’s back to reality now! This coming week all of my posts will be shots of Mackinac. Today’s pictures will be of the drive up there. It’s about a six hour ride from home and the further we got into Michigan, the more vibrant the trees became. We always stop in Big Rapids to stretch and gas up the Jeep. @Elizababble took over driving so I could take pictures.
“It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.”
― Nicholas Sparks
One photo might be good, but more than one might be great.
Shadows of the Mackinac Bridge south tower. More about my climb to the top of the bridge is here.
Bicycles of Mackinac Island
I took this picture in the summer of 2011. Every time I look at it, it reminds me of an old 1940’s movie.
If you look closely, you’ll see that his eyes aren’t real. They’re only markings to trick predators into thinking he’s a snake.
Rainy spring day on Mackinac Island
Old Fashioned Barber Pole in Chesterton, Indiana
I spotted this guy one afternoon while I was sitting on the porch of the Market Street Inn on Mackinac Island. He looked like he’d have some great stories to tell.
If you have ever been to Mackinac Island, you know that motorized vehicles aren’t allowed. You get around the island by horse carriage, on foot or the most popular mode of transportation; the bicycle. On this last visit I photographed a wide variety of bicycle wheels. Who would have thought there would be so many different styles!
I chose B.
One of the cool things to do when you’re riding around Mackinac Island is to build a rock cairn. Instead of fumbling through trying to explain what a cairn is, I went to the experts and looked it up on bikemackinac.com.
Here’s what they say:
Rock cairns are small mounds of stones and pebbles built to mark biking and hiking trails, as a memorial to having been somewhere, or as a simple art form. Cairns can be found all over the world, from alpine regions, to barren desert and tundra, as well as coastlines.
It is traditional for each person passing by a cairn to add a stone, as a small bit of maintenance to counteract the effects of wind and weather. Often the habit is to only add to the top, and to use a smaller stone than the previous top stone, resulting in a precarious stack of tiny pebbles.
We’ve built a few of these on our visits, but this one is my favorite.
Have fun building your own rock cairn. Be creative! Take pictures…..and don’t build so close to the water or it’ll get washed away. 😉
Mackinac Island is located between Michigan’s lower and upper peninsulas, surrounded by Lake Huron. Automobiles are not permitted on the island; making horses, bicycles and walking your modes of transportation. The surroundings are beautiful and afford many picture taking opportunities.