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A Day on Beaver Island

Evening on the Beaver Island Ferry

Beaver Island, the largest island on Lake Michigan, is known as America’s Emerald Isle. While bigger than Mackinac, Beaver Island is a much smaller community. With many inland lakes, nature is a big draw on Beaver Island.

For our day on Beaver Island, we decided to take one of the guided tours offered by the ferry company. We chose the 3 hour tour that took us around the whole island. I was glad we opted for the longer tour because it gave us a better feel for the island if we ever came back for a longer stay. Of course, we also learned a lot of the island’s history.

In the mid-1800’s, Mormon leader James Jesse Strang formed a colony on Beaver Island. Over 8 years, Mormon population on the island grew and Strang crowned himself king and was the only American king in history. In 1856 Strang was assassinated on the island and the remaining Mormons were forced to leave. “The Mormons cleared and cultivated the ground, built roads and houses, and changed the Island from a wilderness to a moderate outpost of civilization. But fate conspired to keep them from reaping the benefits of their toil” (beaverisland.net). Our tour guide explained to us that if you see apple trees and lilac trees while driving around the island, you know that spot was settled by the Mormons.

Historic Beaver Harbor Lighthouse

After the Mormon exile, people began emigrating to the island from Ireland to fish. By the 1880s, Beaver Island became the largest supplier of fresh water fish in the world. Unfortunately, due to overfishing, by the 1890s, the harvest was cut in half and Beaver Island lost their monopoly. In the 1900s, logging was the largest industry on the island and a railroad was built to transport the lumber to the bay where ships could pick it up and transport it to Chicago and Detroit.

If you have extra time in the Charlevoix area, I recommend taking the ferry over to Beaver Island. Its a very low key, relaxed community with a focus on nature. I think I would like to return some time when we have more time to enjoy it!

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Epic Michigan Road Trip: Mackinac Island

Mackinac B&W

Visiting Mackinac Island is like taking a step back in time. No cars are allowed on the island, so everyone either walks, rides a bike, or gets around by horse drawn carriage. One of the most popular things to do is to rent bikes and ride the 8.2 mile trail around the island. We rented a tandem bike from Ryba’s bike rentals. I had never ridden a tandem before but once I got used to it, it was a lot of fun, and now I want one! It was nice to not have to do all the work myself!

There are three ferry companies that transport guests to the island. We chose Arnold Line, which has the slowest boats but the cheapest fares (Update: at the end of 2016, Star Line bought all of Arnold’s assets and now operate the slow boats) . We were able to get a 2-day pass for the price of one round trip on the other lines. We weren’t in a hurry, so the extra 15 minutes weren’t that big of a deal to us. The first day, we went to the island from Mackinaw City and the second day from St. Igance. Arnold had more and later departures to and from Mackinaw City, but the ride from St. Ignace was a lot more scenic since you actually drive around the island.

About the Photo:
This shot was taken from the ferry on the way to the island from St. Ignace on a foggy morning. This was a single RAW exposure edited with an Improve Photography Black & White preset in Lightroom.

Camera Gear:
Nikon D3100 with the 55-200 kit lens, handheld

Date Taken:
June 26, 2016

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Savannah Belles Ferry

Savannah Belles Ferry  *EXPLORED!*

Savannah is a beautiful town. We stopped last summer on our way home from (one of my favorite places) Disney World. We decided to rough it at Skidaway Island State Park. While Savannah is a beautiful city, Skidaway was a beautiful park and I was glad we made the choice to stay the night there. If you are visiting Savannah and are looking to camp, I highly recommend Skidaway Island. If you are tent campers, like us, you get a discount too, which is nice.

This photos was taken on the Savannah Riverwalk which was about a 25 minute drive from the park. We had the good timing to get there right as the Susan King Taylor Ferry was pulling out from the dock and the sun was beginning to set. Perfect.

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