The Tale of Mackinac Island’s Arch Rock

Arch Rock, Mackinac Island, photo by Mark Swanson Here’s one of my favorite Michigan origin stories, the tale of Arch Rock, adapted from Dirk Gringhus’s wonderful book, The Lore of the Great Turtle. Head over to Mackinac State Historic Parks for more Mackinac area history! This strange rock formation was looked upon with awe by … Continue reading The Tale of Mackinac Island’s Arch Rock

Lilacs are still out on Mackinac Island!

Mackinac Island, photo by Gary Ennis While lilacs have faded in much of Michigan, they’re still going strong on Mackinac Island as we head into the final weekend of the annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival. The Northern Express’s writeup on the Lilac Festival says in part: There are over 100 varieties of lilac on the … Continue reading Lilacs are still out on Mackinac Island!

Yesterday & Today on Mackinac Island

NE Mackinac Mackinaw Island MI 1930s, photo by Don … The UpNorth Memories Guy … Harrison I think that it’s pretty clear that Mackinac Island, a living museum boasting an intact Colonial era fort along with many exhibition buildings, The Grand Hotel and other historic businesses and NO CARS, is Michigan’s coolest state park. Today … Continue reading Yesterday & Today on Mackinac Island

Lilac Island: Mackinac Island’s Lilacs & Lilac Festival

Fort Mackinac & Lilacs, photo by Steven Blair The 66th annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival starts tomorrow and runs through June 14th. It celebrates the Island’s historic varieties of lilacs (many from the Colonial era) and equestrian culture and is one of the Island’s biggest attractions. Apparently it’s “Lissa Edwards Goes to Mackinac Week” on Michigan in Pictures as I turn again to one … Continue reading Lilac Island: Mackinac Island’s Lilacs & Lilac Festival

Fall at Sugar Loaf Rock on Mackinac Island

The Rock, photo by Sandy Hansen Photography Here’s a color check-in from last week on Mackinac Island. The Mackinac Island State Park Commission says the following about Sugar Loaf rock romation: Sugar Loaf, a 75 foot tall limestone stack, is the largest rock formation on Mackinac Island. When glacial Lake Algonquin covered much of the Island … Continue reading Fall at Sugar Loaf Rock on Mackinac Island

Sugar Loaf Rock on Mackinac Island

Untitled, photo by *Alysa* I was surprised to learn that I haven’t posted anything about Sugar Loaf on Mackinac Island. Here’s a summary with help from Wikipedia’s entry for Sugar Loaf Rock, the Mackinac State Historic Parks geology page and some other sources I’ve linked to. Located not far from the shoreline on the east … Continue reading Sugar Loaf Rock on Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island in Winter

Mackinac Island in the winter by SuzyQ0763, photo by SuzyQ0763 Mackinac Island is one of Michigan’s coolest places, drawing over 10,000 visitors a day for much of the summer. Winter on Mackinac is different though, and something that many of us never get to see. The Arnold Line says that they keep boats running across … Continue reading Mackinac Island in Winter

Mackinac Island’s Devil’s Kitchen and the Red Geebis

mackinaw island, photo by amanda vanvels One of my favorite books as a kid was Lore of the Great Turtle by Dirk Gringhuis. The book has some of the rich legends of Mackinac Island. One is the tale of the Red Geebis and Devils Kitchen, retold by Tehuti_88. It begins: A long time ago an old … Continue reading Mackinac Island’s Devil’s Kitchen and the Red Geebis

Lilacs and the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

lilacs 2008 05-10 03, photo by Ray-48. Wikipedia says that Syringa (Lilac) is a genus of about 20–25 species of deciduous shrubs or small trees in the olive family (Oleaceae), native to Europe and Asia. Although lilacs in Michigan typically bloom in mid to late May in most locations, it’s not until June that Mackinac … Continue reading Lilacs and the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

Arch Rock, Mackinac Island Michigan

Indians.org tells the story of the creation of Mackinac Island’s Arch Rock and says that even now the bravest of the Ottawa people will not walk over it. My favorite Michigan history book, Lore of the Great Turtle by Dirk Gringhuis, says that Arch Rock was the bridge over which departed souls could find their … Continue reading Arch Rock, Mackinac Island Michigan