Ferry trip to the Island
Pretty much the only way to get to Macinac Island is by ferry boat. Macinac Island is unique because no automobiles are allowed on the island. Except for emergency vehicles, the only way to get around the island is by horse, bicycle, or by walking. Now, here's the bad news for me: once we got to the island, I got left behind in the hotel room. Evidently I was too much trouble to tote around, so I didn't get to see much of anything on the island. Here are some pictures Jim and Shannon took though. Enjoy. I know I didn't get to.
Fort Mackinac was constructed by British soldiers during the American Revolution. It served as a sentinel in the Straits of Mackinac for 115 years. Today, the original restored fort is a National Historic Landmark and a state park.
Coast Guard Icebreaker
Mackinaw City is on the mainland, and in it's harbor is a decommisioned Coast Guard icebreaker, The Mackinaw. In the winter, Lake Michigan freezes over, and Coast Guard icebreakers clear the ice for shipping traffic. Since Jim was in the Coast Guard, we took the tour of the ship, which is now a museum. Here's a link that takes you to the "Queen of the Great Lakes" website.