Saturday, October 18, 2008

Mackinac Island

I decided to stay up late and get some pictures posted of our trip to Mackinac Island. After the exciting trips to the steel mills, it was time to depart for The Island. It rained most of the way up north. Luckily, it had stopped by the time we had gotten to the bridge but the view still wasn't very clear.

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We were meeting friends at the base of the bridge so we took some time to look around while we waited. They arrived and we made our way to the ferry. As we were unpacking our stuff and getting it tagged an announcement came over the speaker that the last ferry of the day was leaving in 12 minutes. Twelve minutes! It never occurred to any of us that there would be a different schedule in the fall than there was in the summer. That was close. Needless to say if we had known the last ferry was leaving at 4:30 we would have been moving a little faster.

Not only do the ferry times change in the fall but so do the crowds. Can you believe we were the only four passengers that decided to ride outside on the top for the ride over to the island?

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We landed and made our way to our bed & breakfast. D likes this one because it is only one block up from main street so it makes it very handy.

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The biggest surprise of the weekend aside from different ferry times, no crowds, and that end of the season sales are everywhere is that there is no charge to walk on the Grand Hotel's porch. We took our friends up to the hotel just so they could see it. In the summer there is a gate that tourists must pay 10 dollars to go through which gives you access to their famous porch. In the fall there is no guard and thus no ten dollar charge. We spent some time up there that night and I went up early one morning by myself so I could take some pictures.

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to be continued.....

6 comments....porters always have something to say!:

Peej said...

i really like the picture of the porch that's close in on the chairs. i love the way the sky looks in the background.

Jock said...

That is one of the unknown treasures of the United States.

Reminds me of the Dirty Jobs episode where he helps get rid of the garbage from the island.

Shae W said...

I just saw that episode!

My favorite picture is the black and white one of the top of the ferry. It looks so cool.

Shae W said...

Okay... now I'm not sure why I said black and white, because clearly the photo is not black and white.

Ignore me. I'm just losing my mind.

megawatt miler said...

i like the porch pictures! when cory and i rode over there were only two other people on the way over and no one else on the top of the ferry the way back-crazy no-fun people.

carriegel said...

that's what i thought. what a bunch of weenies. it wasn't even that cold.

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