we walked down the dock and on to Mackinac Island, Michigan.
I know many of you have heard of this island. For those who have not, its main claim to fame is that no motor vehicles are allowed on the island. Its second claim to fame is the Grand Hotel followed closely by its fudge. There is a fudge shop on every corner.
You get from point A to point B on foot, horse or bicycle.
Hence, the sweet smell of horse manure and chocolate fudge that wafts through one's nostrils as you step off the dock and onto Main street of downtown Mackinac Island.
Can you even imagine having everything done by horses? This appears to be the equivalent to our UPS delivery trucks!
We chose to begin our tour of the island with a two-hour narrated carriage ride pulled by Beau and Cory and narrated by Ashleen:
I am only showing you the end of our two-hour tour as that is where my bucket list check mark comes in to play. Here we are approaching the Grand Hotel where we opted to end our tour and walk back to the downtown area after we toured this magnificent hotel:
See the arrow? That is the Cupola Bar smack dab at the top of the Grand Hotel. But before we get there, we need to walk up the red-carpeted steps of the Grand--right after we pay $10 per person for the privilege....yes, you cannot walk into the Grand until you pay $10 (unless you are staying overnight there-- in which case you would be picked up at the dock by a very grand-looking carriage and black top-hatted driver who would drop you off right at the steps, like these ladies:
The cost for one night at the Grand is something like $350.00 and up.
So the $20 we paid to get into the building seemed very reasonable.
That's me on the porch -- I am the one who matches the awnings!
The Grand Hotel boasts the longest wooden white porch in the world at 660 feet and the entire 660 feet is filled with red geranium planters.
No trip to the Grand is complete until you have sat in one of those rockers.
After a short time in the rocker we went into the hotel. What a grand old lobby!
Ah, but the view was spectacular!
Does this pool look familiar to anyone?
It is the Ester Williams heated 500,000-gallon, 220-foot long serpentine-shaped pool. The pool was built and is named for the actress Esther Williams who starred in the 1947 movie, “This Time For Keeps”, portions of which were filmed on Mackinac Island and at the Grand Hotel. According to our tour guide, Ester Williams did not even swim in this pool that was built for the movie. It was too cold for her, so they built an exact duplicate pool in Florida and she did the swimming scenes there!
As we were leaving, I snapped this great view of the Mackinac Bridge from the Grand Hotel Porch:
While reading this have any of you wondered why the streets of Mackinac Island are not full or horse poop? Well, Mackinac Island employs quite a few pooper scoopers.....HUMAN pooper scoopers... on bicycle, like this man:
I had a wonderful two days away from home, but I was excited to get back to see how far the new porch had progressed.
Very soon I will have my own white front porch, albeit 652 feet shorter than the Grand!
Thank you all for your kind comments during the past two days. I had posts set to go, but could not answer any because I was not home and I did not want to announce that I would be gone. I hope you all understand.