I’ve always loved taking pictures of horse drawn carriages, and on our vacation to Mackinac Island I had lots of opportunities – like this nice team and their carriage.
David looks on at this beautiful dappled gray and white team that pulls what looks to be similar to an old fashioned stagecoach type carriage – with a built-in roof rack to bring vacationers and their luggage to their hotels.
This was the “Taxi Stop” for tourist sightseeing rides around Mackinac Island – I particularly liked the wagon with the team of three horses hitched to it.
Once underway on our sightseeing trip around Mackinac Island, we approached another carriage using three horses as a team to pull it.
The traditional carriages are much more beautiful to look at than the modern equivalent wagons used to haul tourists around for sightseeing tours of the island.
I think this is a beautiful photo of a carriage and its team, photographed under the dappled shade of tall trees that line one of Mackinac Island’s picturesque streets.
This carriage and team get very high marks for color coordination in black and red – and the driver in his top hat and red jacket should receive the, “Best Dressed Driver Award.”
I cropped this picture of David and his grandmother standing together in the bright sunlight of a beautiful day on Mackinac Island.
Here I am posing as, “Joe Tourist” with a camera around my neck during our very relaxing vacation to Mackinac Island.
Another day and another cannon for David to explore, here at Fort Mackinac – as he checks this one out for size.
The fact that this cannon David sits on is silent today, reflects on the history of the hard won cost and high price paid for freedom throughout the centuries.
I really liked this river rock church with its many stained glass windows – and imagine that it is a popular place for Mackinac Island weddings in the summertime.
This is the famous Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, and this view shows why the hotel more than lives up to the name of, “Grand.”
This picture shows the beautiful flowers on the grounds of the Grand Hotel – check out the peaceful garden bench situated between the flower beds.
The grounds of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island were beautiful and in pristine condition – and helped set the stage for the grand entrance of the Grand Hotel itself.
My mother stands along the railing overlooking the grounds of the Grand Hotel – and if I recall correctly after all these years – tourists were allowed to walk along the drive in front of the Grand Hotel, but the famous front porch was only open to the guests of the hotel.
The Grand Hotel’s famous front porch at 660 feet long is at the level of the flags in this photo – providing a commanding and unobstructed view of Lake Huron.
Mackinac Island State Park covers over 80% of Mackinac Island, and the island is also designated as a National Historic Landmark – here is a picture of one of the island’s pristine natural beaches.
The horse drawn wagons that take tourists sightseeing around Mackinac Island always stop at the famous Arch Rock – seen here looking down at the clear waters of Lake Huron.
Arch Rock is a natural limestone arch formation which draws a lot of visitors to Mackinac Island for the unique natural setting of Mackinac Island State Park – and a great place to bicycle.
We found a nice rocky beach to explore and stopped for a few photos – here I stand on the beach with my father.
David stands on the rocky beach with the harbor of Mackinac Island behind him, on a day that couldn’t have been more perfect and beautiful.
Pretending to hit my pitch “out of the park” with his imaginary baseball bat, David strikes a batter’s pose on the rocky beach of Mackinac Island.
I’m standing beside David and squinting into the sun without sunglasses – which I didn’t seem to have with me on this vacation to Mackinac Island – but could have used.
Yet another cannon for David to try out for size, and perhaps the biggest of them all – as if ready to ride a rocket on a wild ride into the perfectly blue sky.
A better use for the cannon in David’s mind was as a comfortable place to relax for a few moments – and gaze out into Lake Huron – probably not my first choice for a relaxing spot to pick from.
At the end of a perfect day of sightseeing on Mackinac Island our catamaran ferry pulls into the dock to pick us up and return us to our hotel in Mackinaw City, MI.
One last look at the harbor on Mackinac Island from our ferry, completing a memorable and picturesque tour that was now over 16 years ago on a sunny and beautiful Michigan day.