Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mackinac Island!

Our second full day found us heading north to Mackinac Island.  We made a quick pit stop in Petoskey along the shore for this photo opportunity.

Before long we were in site of the Mackinac Bridge!

We boarded the ferry and a whole bunch of grey hound joined us!  They were so sweet and quiet!  I had never really been around a grey hound before and they are much calmer than I had expected.

They were headed to the island for a parade to promote the grey hound rescue organizations.  All of these dogs were rescued from racing.

These two missed the ferry and came over on the next one.

Oooh! I see the Grand Hotel!

Yup - there it is!

And here I am trailing behind the Dynamic Duo on their tandem bike flying around the island!

Equestrian Girl wanted to explore this cave until she saw a spider.

 We made lots of little stops along the beach to check out the rocks along the shore.

I loved stopping to look at all the houses.

Tradition calls for a picture with the cannon!

O needed a picture too.

I don't remember these docks being on the other side of the island before.

The Dyno Duo!

Then we stopped on the nature trails

The sidewalks really were this crazy slanting all over the place!

The spider looking pine in the middle is really rare - we have one on our property in Mancelona.

Critter home.

More of those crazy board walks.

 The shore line on the far side of the island.

It was a little over cast and actually a bit chilly on the island but perfect weather for bike riding.  On the main land it was HOT.

All over the island there are now stone stacks that weren't there just a few years ago.  I wonder how/why this got so popular?

The famous Arch Rock!

The Girls took these stair up to the top of Arch Rock for a better view.

There were lots of stairs!

Finally to the top!

And what a view!

The look out site!

The shore line from the top of Arch Rock

A view of Arch Rock from the top

No horses?  Really?

Taking a break from all the stairs going DOWN now.

See, going down!

OMG - I'm in another picture!  Thanks O!

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