Michigan is seriously one of the coolest states! So much to see, eat and do. We had such a great day at Mackinac Island. The island was once the center for fur trading in the 1800s and has now become the Martha's Vineyard of the Northern Midwest. You can only get to the island by ferry or plane, and in the winter the lake freezes over so thick that the 500 some full time residents can snowmobile back to the mainland.
Here's a video about the unique aspects of Mackinac Island.
Cars are not allowed on the island and the only transportation is horse and bicycle. Here are some pictures from our great day.
|The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Isl. premiere and oldest hotel|
|Horse drawn carriages were everywhere, as was their s**t :)|
|Giving a quick smooch to my best honey|
|The best thing we did the whole time was rent this awesome tandem bike and bike |
around the whole island. 8 miles in under an hour!
|People built little rock cairns all over the island coast. You can see|
the bridge in the background.
We then headed down to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore which is on the Leelanau Peninsula. It was a nice place to chill for three nights. It's right near Traverse City which is a great college town where we had great food (Mackinac Brewing Co. and Cousin Jenny's pasties), a free movie at The State Theater, and did some wine tasting at a couple great wineries. Michigan specializes in growing cherries so we tried some great cherry stout, cherry wine, and cherry mead.
|Just to give you some scale as to how big these dunes are. |
|Close up of some vegetation on the dunes.|