|From the ferry, Grand Hotel is the big white building.
|Big Mac from the south shore bike path.
From town I walked along a lakeside bike path towards the west end of the island with a great view of Mackinac Bridge and deep blue Lake Huron. Wild flowers were growing everywhere on both sides of the tree-shaded path.
After walking a lot further than I had figured on I got to the west end of the Island and had a lunch of a chili-dog and a bottle of water. The British moved their fort to the island from one at the tip of the Lower Peninsula prior to the War of 1812. This cannon was probably to dissuade attempted landings by the US on this remote part of the island.
|That's the Lower Peninsula across the Straits.
|Story board of the battle at the site.
|Ft. Mackinac from the west.
There was a $11 entrance fee to get inside the fort which any history buff would fork over willingly. There are numerous actors dressed up as soldiers and 1812-period civilians within the fort which has been restored to it's 1890's condition, after which it was no longer garrisoned.
|The North Blockhouse
Fort Mackinac overlooks the town and scenic harbor of the Island.
|Upper Peninsula in background.
Here's why the Fort was sited where it is by the builders.
|Cannon covering the north passage past Mackinac Island.
Noticing some clouds forming up I quickly left the fort for the Grand Hotel, scene of business "seminars" and tax-write-off-able R&R for businesses. It cost $10 to enter the hotel if you weren't staying there so here's my resolution to that cost.
|Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel.
With blue sky over half the island and dark clouds over the other half I headed for the jet boat back to the Lower Peninsula.
|The Star Line jet boat back to the Lower Peninsula.
They say a good day of walking is taking 10,000 steps.....Check out my post-Island pedometer reading.
Thanks for reading!