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Mackinac Island, MI - part 4, hiking around

Monday, September 06, 2010

Mackinac Island is full of "roads" and trails that can be hiked, cycled, or ridden on horseback. We didn't get to all of them, but did get over 20 miles in. Some of them were horse trails and a bit to mucky for my liking.












Thursday we took a wonderful couple (Jean and Rob) who were staying in the same B&B to dinner. They had eaten at the Yankee Rebel and enjoyed it, so that is where we went.


The Walleye was great, but best of all ... they had SWEET TEA! For those of you not from the south, that is a big deal.

My poor feet paid the price for all our walking. For some strange reason the shoes I have hiked in for 3 years bruised my toes and I had to buy some sandals. Fortunately, they weren't painful and I could still walk and ride, just had to avoid the messiest of the trails.

Next time, miscellaneous sites and saying good bye.

  
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POUNDSTOGO3 9/10/2010 5:59PM

    Just catching up on your trip. DH and I went to North Dakota on Tuesday and returned on Wednesday....559 miles. Picked up our 21 year old grandson as he had to go back to school. He left last June to meet his harvesting crew in Texas so he has been gone all summer. Looks as though you are enjoying your vacation!

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POUNDSTOGO3 9/10/2010 5:59PM

    Just catching up on your trip. DH and I went to North Dakota on Tuesday and returned on Wednesday....559 miles. Picked up our 21 year old grandson as he had to go back to school. He left last June to meet his harvesting crew in Texas so he has been gone all summer. Looks as though you are enjoying your vacation!

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1BEARWIFE 9/7/2010 1:35PM

    Love reading your blogs. I especially like the photos of you. You are looking absolutely Perfectly Healthy and Happy!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I think you have walked enough in those shoes. Time for a new pair, my friend! emoticon

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LILPAT3 9/7/2010 10:59AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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CARLANNIE 9/7/2010 10:34AM

    What fun to watch your journey through your photos! I have a pair of shoes that end up squishing my toes together after I've been in them a long while - can't figure out why? I think they have loosened up over time and my foot slides down into the toe of the shoe more. A new pair is on my list.

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DOLLBABE56 9/7/2010 8:17AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Love the pictures!

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NANA2PRINCESSES 9/7/2010 6:22AM

    I've enjoyed your accounts; by next summer I'm hoping we're semi-retired and able to spend a little more time enjoying the natural beauty so close to us. (Take care of your feet).

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MAKULEWAHINE 9/6/2010 9:39PM

    What fun. I love those trails muddy or not. One of the things I found with hiking or walking shoes is that you HAVE to keep your nails clipped. I've lost big toe nails because I neglected that little bit of upkeep:( But it sounds like a new pair of shoes is in your future.

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LHACKING13 9/6/2010 9:15PM

    thank you for sharing all those pictures. I've always wanted to go to mackinac Island and now I want to go even more. Hopefully one day I will.

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Mackinac Island, MI - part 3, forts and other sights.

Monday, September 06, 2010

We visited many interesting places on the island. I'm glad they are making such an effort to maintain their historical and natural attractions.

The first one we visited was Arch rock.


We climbed the stairs to the observation deck (located on the left of the arch), but found the bike trail the next day. It was a much easier way to get there.


Then there is Ft Holmes, the highest point on the island. I think the GPS said it was 941 ft above sea level.


This is the front gate.


Me on the top of the wall which is a mound of dirt topped with logs.


We hiked and rode by Sugar Loaf Rock.


The Governor has a mansion on the island. It has one of the best views anywhere.


Then there is Ft Mackinac.


They have cannon firing demonstrations through out the day.


The buildings have been restored and maintained.


The Boy Scouts serve as honor guard for the Governor's mansion and hosts in Fort Mackinac. I must mention what a great job they did. They answered questions and gave directions all day and were always polite.

Dinner Wednesday at GoodFellows. DH had a strawberry/pecan salad. I had 3 cheese ravioli. Forgot to take pics again, but trust me, it was awesome and we had enough left for lunch on Thursday.

More later.

  
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NANA2PRINCESSES 9/6/2010 11:09AM

    Bev, gorgeous photos. The winds calmed a bit, so they should have been able to get the bridge walk in okay this morning. It just started raining here, hopefully it isn't raining on the walkers. Thanks again for sharing.

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MAKULEWAHINE 9/6/2010 10:48AM

    Wonderful pics and journaling. I always like to say that I've never been farther east than Texas but I enjoy seeing and hearing about others' adventures. Thanks for that. You got in a good amount of exercise too. Hiking and biking....can it get any better?

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JGMK55 9/6/2010 10:29AM

    Love the photos and descriptions. Thanks for sharing.

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POUNDSTOGO3 9/6/2010 10:11AM

    Beautiful pictures. I guess I'll take out my album and refresh my memory. It's been many years. We didn't bike around the island because our many different friends didn't bike but we did take the horse carriage.

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POUNDSTOGO3 9/6/2010 10:11AM

    Beautiful pictures. I guess I'll take out my album and refresh my memory. It's been many years. We didn't bike around the island because our many different friends didn't bike but we did take the horse carriage.

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DOR2BFIT 9/6/2010 7:35AM

    Looks like a wonderful place, and sounds like you got the most out of everything on the island. emoticon emoticon

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DAVEINSEOUL 9/6/2010 2:52AM

    Yes, I remember Mackinac Island fondly. Many years ago (too many to count), our Boy Scout Troop was asked to participate in the "Govenor's Honor Guard" program on the island for one week. It was one of the highlights of my entire Boy Scout career.

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Mackinac Island, MI - part 2, cycling around

Friday, September 03, 2010

Tuesday was our second day on the island. We rented bikes and rode every day, but I will combine all the ride pictures here. It is 8 miles to ride all the way around, and if I put all my pictures together there may be a complete picture of the shore. We rode both directions morning, afternoon, and evening so we could see everything in different light. Most people just ride around the island, nice gentle ride, even saw some little ones with their training wheels. We also rode the trails and roads inland where there were some nice hills, but also some really great downhills.

The shore is white rocks, the water is perfectly clear. When the sun hits it, it looks just like the water in the Gulf of Mexico (before the oil spill).


Yup, you can also ride horses around the island.


It seems to be popular to build cairns, so of course, we had to build one, too.


It is just beautiful along the shore.




Rode past Arch Rock along the shore, and took the bike trail from the back side also.


Inland had it's beauty, too. Some of the roads are paved, some are crushed rock, but all are great.




One of our rental bikes.


Tuesday's dinner recommendation was steak at the Pink Pony. It was possibly the best rib eye I have ever eaten.



(sorry, forgot the before picture)

Tomorrow, the forts of Mackinac.

  
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POUNDSTOGO3 9/6/2010 10:06AM

    Brings back memories.

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LILPAT3 9/5/2010 10:11AM

    Very nice...thanks for sharing. emoticon

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NANA2PRINCESSES 9/4/2010 8:05AM

    Bev, beautiful pictures. I'm afraid you'd find the water pretty steely grey today. We're having high winds, and very overcast skies, some rain. The folks trying to get the Mackinac Bridge ready for the Labor Day walk Monday are having trouble because of high winds, vehicles being escorted, etc. Supposed to get better tomorrow. It truly is a gorgeous spot. You'd enjoy the U.P. region of Michigan around the Pictured Rocks Lakeshore also. Biking opportunities probably not as good because of the hills, but great hiking routes. We were there a few weeks ago, put a lot of steps on the ped. and Lake Superior one of my favorite destinations.
JoAnn

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Mackinac Island, MI - part 1, getting acquainted

Thursday, September 02, 2010

DH and I spent last week on Mackinac Island for our 30th anniversary. What a wonderful place! No cars (well, there is 1 ambulance, 1 police car and some earth moving equipment), only horses, bicycles and walking). The island is 8 miles around and has lots of walking/riding trails.

We arrived Monday and checked into our B&B, the Cottage Inn. Run by Rich and Marge who are very good at what they do.


It is on Market Street and a great place to stay. The porch is a nice place to watch the world go by. They recommended the Village Inn and planked white fish for dinner. So that is where we went.


And that is what we ate.


Then we took a walk around town to get familiar with the area. The horses (poo) take some getting used to.







The police station was just up the street from the B&B


The hospital is just past the police station


Next time: Things you see biking around Mackinac Island.

  
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POUNDSTOGO3 9/6/2010 10:04AM

    DH and I have been there several times as it was a stop on our way to Michigan to pick blueberries. It is a fun relaxing place to even spend a day which was what we did. We parked our motorhome in a state park and would get to the island early in the morning. Back then we could visit the Grand Hotel and have dinner there but don't think you can just walk in to see the place now. I'm going on to read your other blogs.

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POUNDSTOGO3 9/6/2010 10:04AM

    DH and I have been there several times as it was a stop on our way to Michigan to pick blueberries. It is a fun relaxing place to even spend a day which was what we did. We parked our motorhome in a state park and would get to the island early in the morning. Back then we could visit the Grand Hotel and have dinner there but don't think you can just walk in to see the place now. I'm going on to read your other blogs.

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CELLOPLAYER1 9/3/2010 8:49PM

    I love spending time on the island. My niece was married at Mission Point a few years ago.

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MAKULEWAHINE 9/3/2010 10:52AM

    What a wonderful spot! I wish I could go there but seeing your pictures really put me in the area. Look forward to your next post with pictures from your bike:) Thanks.

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LILPAT3 9/3/2010 8:11AM

    Very nice! Thanks for sharing.

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NANA2PRINCESSES 9/3/2010 6:39AM

    We are close enough to take one-day trips to the Island, have never had the luxury of a whole vacation there, but it is truly a unique and lovely place. Will look forward to seeing more of your photos.

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FITMARY 9/3/2010 3:38AM

    Thanks for the mini-vacation!

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Thank you so much.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Thanks you everyone for the the prayers, kind messages, goodies, and cards following the loss of my dear MIL. I will be sending personal notes in the near future, but wanted everyone to know how much I appreciate your thoughts and prayers. DH and I are slowly working through all the paperwork and sorting. Since we are both only children, there is no hurry, but it will be nice to get things settled. We have decided not to change much in her apartment downstairs. We moved her lift chair from the nursing home back and will store the wheelchair and motor chair, but that is about all we will change. It feels odd going to the sewing room and not having her there watching Judge Joe Brown, or Big Cat Diary. We will be doing some traveling on DH's week off, so from time to time I will be MIA.

Time to get back on my bike, and back on my diet. I have missed them both.

  
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TOWHEE 7/19/2010 10:03PM

    Hi Bev, it's good to see you back.
Take as much time as you need to get your life back to "normal".

Margaret emoticon

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