Mackinaw Island was a pretty interesting place, I never realized the history behind it. The fort and most of the buildings (14) are intact and have been kept in good repair, with interactive displays and period furnishings. It sits high on a hill, so most of the pictures are looking down, which is great. No autos allowed, lots of horse drawn carriages, bikes galore, and of course good old walking. We hit the fudge place, can't go to Mackinaw and not get fudge. The day started out chilly and cloudy, later in the afternoon the sky cleared, sun came out and the temp got up to about 70. I was happy to have cloudy skies when we hiked up the hill to the fort. We took the ferry back to St Ignace, where our boat is docked. Mackinaw Island has a marina, but it was suggested by allot of other boaters to go to either Mackinaw city or St Ignace for dockage, because the the wake (waves) from the ferries cause the boats to rock & roll on the island.
Tomorrow we will leave St Ignace for Petoskey, MI. We will go thru the "Straits of Mackinaw" and enter Lake Michigan. It's about 3 hours away, and the weather is suppose to be calm, little wind and 1 - 2 foot waves in Lake Michigan. With any luck we will also have sun. Hey Paul & Shirley, we did make it to Mackinaw before christmas, yeah.