As I mentioned in my earlier Summer in Michigan posting, my friend Coco came to visit from Miami. As every Michigander knows, one of our most popular tourist destinations in the summer is Mackinac Island. We had to make a pit stop to the island of bikes, horses and buggies while she was in town.
We were a bit on pins and needles the night before about going because the weather was actually looking like a storm and the news was giving it a 50/50 chance of showers. In the morning, we decided the weather was clear enough and took off in the truck with our bicycles in tow.
On the way up, I did some research online from the passenger seat and found out that if you order your tickets online from the folks at the Arnold Ferry, you can save $4/ticket. That really adds up! We didn’t have a way to print them in the truck, but they just printed them for us at their offices.
We sat in the front of the ferry but stayed inside cause it wasn’t very warm. I think the high was about 60 degrees (F) and there was a strong breeze on the Easterly side of the Island. The lilacs were in full bloom and the tulips were just finishing up with their last few petals falling to the ground. It was like being transported back to the beginning of spring. (I missed the lilacs in the Detroit area while we were performing on the West Coast on the Sapphire Princess.) The weather was cool, so the horses weren’t very smelly and you could actually smell the flowers. This may sound funny, but anyone who has spent anytime on a farm or has been to the Island in the heat of the summer knows the aroma I’m talking about.
Mackinac Island is only about 10 miles around. It has a small Victorian style downtown area with a very Midwestern Revolutionary War charm. It was a British stronghold during the War of 1812. There is alot of historical significance around the Island, like Fort Mackinac, the actual battle fields and also the revamped Indian College formed by the missionaries, now a nice hotel called Mission Resort. For several years before we did ships, Jake performed at the Resort. We always had a very nice time spending the week on the Island. One time, a guy proposed to his gal at our gig and we caught it on tape. I hope that they are living a happy and wonderful life.