Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mackinac Island

Currently on Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan, 4650+ miles into the trip. Rode through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan yesterday and today along the Northern shore of Lake Michigan. The weather continues to be cool with temperatures in the 40's at night and in the high 60's to low 70's during the days. Great for bike riding. Took a ferry to the Island late this afternoon.

The history of Mackinac Island goes back hundreds of years as a place that was visited in the summertime by Native Americans several hundred years before the first white man, Jean Nicolet visited the area in 1634. Nicolet visited the area as part of a trip commissioned by the French. Over the years the island has served as a outpost for fur traders and currently is a popular summertime tourist destination. John Jacob Astor established a fur trading outpost on the Island in 1810, around the same time his agents were establishing a trading outpost in Western Oregon after the expedition of Lewis and Clark.

Continue to get unusual photo opportunities as evidenced by the "scare cow" and birdbath and beyond" above.

The Upper Peninsula and Lower Peninsula of Michigan are joined together by the Mackinac Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge that spans the Mackinac Straits. The bridge includes 42,000 miles of steel cable, 931,000 tons of concrete and 4.85 million steel rivets.

Mackinac Island is the home of the Grand Hotel, the renowned tourist destination.

Tomorrow I will be touring the Island and will head to the lower peninsula of Michigan late tomorrow afternoon.


At August 13, 2008 1:42 PM , Anonymous Joanne Strom said...

Sounds like your trip is amazing. I spent lots of time in Gladstone, MI, just 10 miles from Escanaba, growing up. Mackinac Island is a great journey back in time, isn't it? I'm envious of your walleye fish fry. Safe travels!

Joanne Strom


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