Tuesday morning, we headed to Mackinac Island. We bought tickets online to ride the ferry from Mackinaw City...it was about 1 hr 45 min away. The drive was nice, and there were many more large Victorian style homes along the way.
We decided to sit on the top deck, just so we could see everything...it was pretty chilly once we got going, but still worth it.
This particular ferry time slot, makes the journey to Mackinac Island by going underneath the Mackinaw bridge first. It was interesting to hear about the bridge and the facts about the depths if the pillars. Christian was very fascinated by these facts...and did NOT forget them.
Depth of the pillars beneath water...nearly300 ft. Height of towers above water...over 500 ft. Height of roadway above the water in the middle...200 ft.
350 engineers (3500 total workers at the bridge itself) created the bridge. The bridge is 5 miles long. There are 42,000 miles of wires in the cables, and there are 12,580 wires in each cable. The total weight of the bridge is over 1 million tons!
It didn't take long to see that the island is set up in its own way. No vehicles whatsoever. Horses, bikes and walking are the modes of transportation. Even the UPS delivery man had his team of two horses and a wooden rack to delivery his Amazon packages.
The streets were filled with tourists. We bought sweatshirts for the boys first, they got chilled from the ferry ride and it was a very pleasantly cool day. Then, we stopped to eat lunch.
Christian REALLY wanted to rent bikes...and so we decided why not?! I'm so glad we did. We were able to enjoy the beautiful weather and ride the 8.2 miles around the whole island. Ben pulled Noah and Jonah in the bike trailer.
There weren't any "beaches" to stop at. The shore was lined with rocks, and there were MANY rock piles that people had created along the path. It was such a pretty day to enjoy the ride along the water.
Just a "small" home that was along the way...I'm sure its someones vacation home, just a quaint little thing! We saw one that was still in the process of being built. It was interesting to think of how they would get all the supplies in without the use of vehicles! And they sat up on a pretty steep incline.
We made it! We stopped at picked up treats before getting back on the ferry.
White chocolate covered marshmallows WITH sprinkles...(with a side of solid sugar).I guess its vacation!!
Since we were at the bridge..we of course needed to cross it..and then since there was a fee to cross it, we decided we couldn't just turn right around and go back! Logically of course. We just kept going, and went up to the Soo Locks!
It wasn't quite time for any ships to come in, so we ate at a REALLY good diner right across the street. Ben and I shared a fish sampler platter, and the boys actually got fish dinner's as well...it was so good!
It got very chilly and windy...and there was a partial enclosing to view the ships. The first ship was a salt ship, it was HUGE! I couldn't get the whole ship in the picture. It took a long time to get it through the locks.
The next one was a Canadian police ship, which was on the side closest to us. It reminded me of a GIANT lego creation with real people on it. It was neat to see up close like this. I have a very vague memory of coming to these same locks as a young girl...so this was fun to show the boys!
We had a VERY full day...so we headed back and went to BED!