Our Michigan vacation continued with a ferry boat trip to Mackinac Island in the summer of 1994 – I like this photo of me relaxing on the boat trip over to the island.
I contrast the previous summer 1994 photo with this one of me from September 1960 – my only other trip to Mackinac Island…34 years earlier.
These two photos from my Sept 1960 visit to Mackinac Island were first posted in my, “The Early Years – Set One” posting – showing my adventurous side from early on in my youth.
Back to our summer 1994 vacation to Mackinac Island, David stands here beside his grandmother as they take in the view of the Mackinac Bridge.
The Mackinac Bridge or “Mighty Mac” pictured here on our way to Mackinac Island, connects the northern and southern peninsulas of the State of Michigan with a total bridge length of 5 miles.
Here a fast ferry throws up a rooster tail of water in front of the Mackinac Bridge, on a beautiful Michigan day in the summer of 1994.
This looks to be a slower ferry – probably similar to the one we rode on – as it makes its way back to the southern peninsula at Mackinaw City at the southern end of the Mackinac Bridge.
The confusing thing about the Indian names in Michigan, is that this is a picture of “Mackinac Island,” the bridge is the “Mackinac Bridge” but the mainland city on the southern peninsula is spelled “Mackinaw City” – and they are all pronounced the same – “Mackinaw.”
As we approach Mackinac Island by ferry in this picture, the internet makes it possible through text, photos or videos to live someone else’s experiences any time you want – like our vacation in 1994 to Mackinac Island.
Another fast ferry in front of Mackinac Island; today if you want to study or preview a destination just Google it – and you can plan your trip in detail based on other people’s experiences.
In my day there was no internet, so except for a set of encyclopedias or individual books on the subject – all there was to research destinations was the library or possibly a TV documentary.
Our ferry begins its approach to the harbor on Mackinac Island – Fort Mackinac is in the middle of the photo perched above the harbor.
In this photo you can see both the Grand Hotel (left) and Fort Mackinac (right) as the ferry begins its final approach into Mackinac Island’s harbor – called Haldimand Bay.
David studies the town of Mackinac Island as the ferry pulls into the harbor in Haldimand Bay – St. Anne’s Church is just to David’s left in this photo.
This is a nice view of Fort Mackinac and the boats tied up at the docks on Mackinac Island – lakeside pictures always make nice photos from the contrasting water, land and sky.
It’s hard to find a more quaint view than this one of Mackinac Island – cars and trucks are banned from the island, so the only modes of transportation are: horse drawn carriages, bicycles or on foot.