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July 2009 Blog Posts (15)

A Grand History

Mackinac Island is chock full of history. Within it's 8-mile circumference, one can discover not only Michigan history - but American history. From the island's first Native settlers, to the first European to pass through the Straits, to the American Revolution - Mackinac Island offers interesting nuggets of history.

The island itself is an interesting study in geology. Many of the most popular natural sites on the island were created by time, ice and erosion.

It's hard… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on July 28, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Chicago and Port Huron Yacht Races to Mackinac Island

Hello everyone. This is a favorit blogger of this site. Back in years past when I worked on the Island, I got to see the races. One summer when I worked at the Pink Pony, Where the Pony was Host to Port Huron to Mackinac, it was exciting to see all the yachts moored at Arnold Line and the Marina. There's lot's of partying and fun to be had by all!! If anyone can go up there and watch and enjoy the festivies… Continue

Added by Larry Razek on July 19, 2009 at 1:57pm — 1 Comment

Postcard of the week

Since the yacht races are upon us, it seems appropriate to feature this view of the marina with sailboats in the picture. Also note the Coast Guard station on the left side of the picture with the ramp to the water and the Indian Dormitory to the right edge, undergoing some repairs.…


Added by Mike Forrester on July 19, 2009 at 8:31am — No Comments

Round Island Lighthouse open house a success

Last Saturday's open house was a success with about 150 fans making the trip to historic Round Island Lighthouse. The trip started on a larger boat before transferring to a Zodiac for the final yards.

Once ashore, visitors needed to watch their step due to the rock-covered ground.

Tour guides were on hand to provide information.

An interesting view… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on July 17, 2009 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

getting to island

the wife and i are from gladstone michigan and have never been to the island and would like to come over by jet skis, first is it leagal? and what will it cost to come up on shore if anything?

Added by chris lacosse on July 16, 2009 at 5:15pm — 3 Comments

A walk through the Crack in the Island

A walk and sometimes a squeeze through the Crack in the Island, located just north of the airport and a few hundred yards west of British Landing… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on July 16, 2009 at 2:22pm — 1 Comment

Postcard of the week

Devil's Kitchen is one of the popular natural attractions on Mackinac Island's west side. This postcard is circa 1915. According to Frank O'Brien, who made extensive notes about named places on Mackinac Island it is 'a favourite place for tourists to roast marshmellows. The water rises and falls so that the entrance is sometimes closed by high water.'

This must refer to the time prior to the building of the perimeter roadway (M-185) when… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on July 13, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Thunderstorm under Mackinac Bridge

11 July 2009
Hello everyone. How is everyone doing this fine evening? I was watching last night on our local midmichigan channel 12 abc news. JR Kirtech and Bill Harris were talking about watching possibly a storm brewing over the Bridge. I think that would be cool to be in the vicidenty of the Bridge to see it. We got hit pretty hard with it this early morning. Any sightings last nite of it for those in the Straits Area? Would love to hear about it...... Mackinac Blogger

Added by Larry Razek on July 11, 2009 at 6:43pm — 2 Comments

Round Island Lighthouse Open House

RoundIslandLightTour Round Island Lighthouse is one of the most iconic images of Mackinac Island.

This Saturday you have a chance to explore this historic lighthouse. From 10:00AM until 4:00PM, Freeland Boy Scout Troop 323 will be hosting visitors for their annual open house.

Boats will depart the Arnold Line Coal Dock for the short ride to Round Island. The lighthouse,… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on July 9, 2009 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Rainy days on Mackinac Island

We've all experienced it. We're enjoying our vacation, but Mother Nature didn't get the memo. Rain is in the forecast! It can be especially inconvenient on Mackinac Island where so many activities involve the great outdoors. Well, don't despair. Unpack your umbrella and hit the streets (figuratively speaking). There are still quite a few things you can do on rainy days. Here's some suggestions:

Visit one of the Butterfly Houses

Take a carriage tour

Visit the Public Library (has… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on July 8, 2009 at 12:28pm — No Comments

4th of July weekend, and now the Yacht Races are upon us

Hello everyone. Now that the Liliac Festival and the 4th of July festivies are over with, is everyone getting ready for the Yacht Races? Oh by the way I did forget to mention the Carshow in St. Iganance. I would like to hear everyone's experences on those. I miss it up there and the goings on. The Pink Pony is headquarters for the races I think. Yachts and Yachts of fun is the Ponies theme. Well maybe I can find some images of the Yacht Races to make everyone's mouth water....Larry

Added by Larry Razek on July 8, 2009 at 11:40am — No Comments

Postcard of the week

Most of Mackinac Island's natural landmarks have existed for centuries. Arch Rock and Sugar Loaf Rock are probably the most popular natural rock formations, but there was another arch on Mackinac Island.

Fairy Arch stood out from the cliff wall along eastern Lake Shore Drive below Robinson's… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on July 5, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Happy Independence Day

Added by Mike Forrester on July 4, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

A day in the life of a Mackinac Island taxi driver

A fellow blogger and friend is fortunate enough to split her time between Georgia and the island. She's a gifted writer and has embarked on a series of blogs about what it's like to work on the island by spending a day shadowing people on their jobs.

While most of us enjoy it from the visitors view, Bree shows us the other side of life on the island. Her first installment is following a taxi driver, Jeanine, through the course of her long day. As is so often the case, there's more to… Continue

Added by Mike Forrester on July 2, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Mackinac Island My favorite place on the Planet!!

02 July 09 My fellow bloggers. This is the first time that I have ever posted a blog. I love this idea. I worked up there on the Island at several businesses. I loved it. I someday would love to return there to work. This was back in 92 and forward. I want to post some images that are courtsey of google search. Please… Continue

Added by Larry Razek on July 2, 2009 at 3:03pm — No Comments

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Coast Guard on Mackinac Island

Started by Robert Posar. Last reply by Robert Posar Oct 10, 2014. 7 Replies

I was a Coast Guardsman assigned to the Mackinac Island Life Boat Station 1958-1960. The Station is now the Visitors Center. While living on the island for near 2 years, I met many wonderful Islanders, worked for the City, and rode saddle horses for…Continue

Arnold Ferry

Started by Tina Fragale. Last reply by Mike Forrester May 15, 2014. 2 Replies

I understand Arnold Ferry may not longer be running. It is our tradition to get to and from the island on Arnold!! Anyone have any info? BRING BACK ARNOLD!!

A view of the bridge

Started by Robert Keck May 4, 2014. 0 Replies

This is a webcam that went on line last fall, okay to add?

Grand Hotel entrance fee

Started by Tina Fragale. Last reply by maxine teachout Apr 6, 2014. 2 Replies

I have read in one place only, that if you enter the hotel grounds from West Bluff or by a horse drawn carriage, there is no entrance fee. Can anyone confirm this?Thanks! TinaContinue

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