Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Connie and Dave vacation on Mackinac Island, Michigan

On Tuesday morning Connie and Dave rented bicycles and rode the 8 miles around the island. This was an easy ride since the shore road has no hills. (Any other possible route would involve steep hills.) This is Connie taking a picture of Dave.

On Tuesday afternoon Connie and Dave took the "History Hike" with Doc Crain. This was a 2.5 hour hike (Connie and Dave were a little sunburned and had very sore legs afterwards). This photo was taken at Arch Rock, which is just a few feet away, off to the right. That is Doc Crain in the shadows relating one of his many Native American stories. He leads a bicycle tour every morning and a hike every afternoon except Sundays and when it rains. He talked for the entire 2.5 hours about the history of island, the plants and animals, Native American tall tales and at one point he sang us a song he had written about the road we were traveling.

Connie is standing in front of Sugar Loaf -- a formation of brechiatted limestone. It was formed when Lake Huron was much higher than it is today and eroded away all the surronding rock (which was of a softer type of limestone).

Now we have climbed up a long flight of stairs to the highest part of the island and are looking back at Sugar Loaf.

On Wednesday Dave and Connie paid $12 each to visit the Grand Hotel. We took the elevator up to the Cupola Bar 6 stories up. Although you cannot tell it in the photo the view from up there was wonderful.

Here is David sitting on the porch of the Grand Hotel, enjoying a very expensive pina colada.

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