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Mackinac Island – a Photographer’s Paradise

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island

The Beauty of Mackinac Island

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

From This….To This.

One of the many things I love about being on Mackinac Island is that you can go from this…..

And this…..

To this….

Visit Mackinac Island the first chance you get. Thank me later.

Mackinac Bridge

Option A: You can see Mackinac Bridge from the ferry.
Mackinac Bridge from Sheplers Ferry

Option B: You can feel like the luckiest person in the world and get to climb it and take incredible pictures!
Mackinac Bridge

I chose B.

Build your Own Rock Cairn!

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

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. 😉

I Love Mackinac, but I don’t know why.

I love Mackinac Island. When I’m asked why I love it so much, I find it difficult to explain. It’s a different life there. It’s a different world. Is it only because cars are removed from the equation? There’s nothing better than hearing Taps being played every night at 10:00 and falling asleep to the sound of horses hooves going down the street. Make no mistake, although cars aren’t allowed, Mackinac Island isn’t like stepping into the Amish countryside. It’s a progressive, modern town and even has Wi-Fi! What more do you need? The minute we board the ferry at Shepler’s, life changes. Don’t ask me how. I can’t explain it. Just go there; hike, bike, relax.

I appreciate you stopping by to look at my photos. Enjoy.

Ryba’s Fudge Shop

Some of the Streets of Mackinac Island
Steets of Mackinac Island

Fourth of July

USCGC Mackinaw (This was taken in Mackinaw City)

Merganser swimming near Arch Rock

Mackinac Island – Photos of our last several visits

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.

Grand Hotel Porch
Grand Hotel porch

Bicycle on Mackinac

Doud’s Market. One of my favorite things about Doud’s….they have hot coffee….always!

Early Morning on Mackinac
Early Morning on Mackinac

West Bluff Carriage

Little Stone Church

Mackinac Island


Red, White & Blue Mackinac Bridge
Mackinac Bridge



St. Anne’s Cemetery
St. Annes Cemetery - Mackinac Island

St. Anne’s Church
St. Annes

Grand Hotel Carriage

Hiking on Mackinac

View From the East Bluff
View From East Bluff

Lucky Bean Coffee

Grand Hotel Carriage & Flowers
Grand Hotel Flowers

Fourth of July Flowers

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island

Evening on Main

“Super Moon” over Mackinac Island
Full Moon over Mackinac Island