images of mackinac island
This image set is from a family trip this past June to Mackinac Island, Michigan. It marked the first time that I’ve been able to visit Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and I have to say it really is one of the country’s most beautiful landscapes. I was amazed by the vividness of the colors, although I’m sure I never want to visit in the winter.
To be honest I had never heard of Mackinac Island, before we decided to make the visit this summer, but afterwards I came away thinking what a cool little island it is, although my ideal island has more sand and palm trees…
What I found most fascinating about the visit is that the only automobiles allowed on the island are emergency vehicles only, and that was kept at a minimum. I believe there are only 2 ambulances, 2 police cars, and a fire truck. The only way to meander the island, which is only about 4 square miles, is either by walking, cycling, or by horse. The horse and carriage make up the majority of heavy lifting, carrying stock, materials, and tourists alike. As you can see in the image above, there is a large concentration of bicycles and pedestrians along Main Street. It was very refreshing to be immersed in only those modes of travel, if only for a day.
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