I finished a fun, light mystery this week. It was Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown. It is set on Mackinac (pronounced Mackinaw) Island which is up north from us about five hours car ride. I've been there a couple of times and might go in a couple of weeks when we are on holiday up that way. It's an interesting place to visit so I thought I'd share.
Five Fun Facts
1. There are no cars on Mackinac Island.
2. Tourists (and there are a LOT of them) are called Fudgies.
3. Nearly 1 million people visit a year but there are only about 600 year round residents.
4. The 1980 film Somewhere in Time staring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer was filmed at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.
5. In the winter there is an 'ice bridge' from St. Ignace over to the Island - basically the water in Lake Huron freezes solid and the residents use it to travel back and forth.
You can get to the island by ferry or by plane. The ferries run quite regularly in the summertime and the views are quite spectacular.
Our ferry took us close to Mackinac bridge and underneath it!
You can see the cars traveling over it to the Upper Peninsula.
I wouldn't want to be that man working on the bridge!
Grand Hotel from the boat. The front porch is 660 feet (201metres) the world's largest.
People get around on the island on bikes, horse and carriage or on foot. The book I mentioned above is set in a bike shop. We opted to use our feet. The town is quite touristy and well worth a visit but I find it's always the out-of-the way things that are more interesting.
As you walk around there are lots of small piles of rocks on the side of the roads and beaches that are called Mackinac Cairns. They are small piles of stones that visitors are supposed to add a stone to mark your journey.
There is a fort on the island called Fort Mackinac. It was built by the British during the American Revolution. It's quite a walk up that hill!
There's also a beautiful rock formation on the island called Arch Rock that's well worth a visit.
It's well worth the steps when you reach the top. The view is spectacular!
There is a reason why the tourists are called 'Fudgies'. Mackinac Island is known for its fudge. There are lots of places that sell it and the tourists come away with it in bagfuls. It IS really nice!
It's a great place to visit - better to stay away from the tourist town and go exploring whether it be by foot or by bike but be sure to take some of the fudge back home with you!