Usually when I'm packing for a trip I tend to be way optimistic and I pack too many summery clothes and then end up freezing most of the time. This trip was a bit of the opposite! Well, taking a road trip in the Midwest in the third week of September could be chilly! The weather was a bit brisk the first night, but every other day we spent on the trip was just the most perfect weather. I ended up wearing the same cutoffs and top pretty much the whole time just because it was so pleasantly warm. The weather was most noticeable on Mackinac Island. Blue skies and warm breezes made for just a beautiful couple of days.
We rented bikes from our hotel and rode them around the whole island! This is Arch Rock - a natural bridge formed in limestone. We climbed all the way up to the top of the peak to the left.
The view from up near Arch Rock. This reminded me so much of my home in Door County, Wisconsin.
This small cave was formed during the same period as Arch Rock (the Nipissing post-glacial period) by the waves of Lake Huron. It's called Devil's Kitchen.
On our last day on the island we checked out of the Grand and made our way downtown. We rented a tandem bike and tried not to think about leaving. The tandem bike, by the way, was awesome. Neither of us had ridden one before, so it was a bit of a joke at first, but we quickly got the hang of it and LOVED it.
Said tandem bicycle in front of the Butterfly House. Literally everyone we talked to told us we needed to visit this place. It was pretty awesome. The butterflies were gorgeous! It provided a great opportunity to practice with my (still quite new) camera. There was also a pretty cool tarantula that had recently shed its skin! One of the women working there showed us the shed skin, which was like the coolest thing ever. She was super into it talking about it, too, we could probably have been best friends, haha.
Bye bye, Mackinac Island. I had the time of my life on this island. The whole community and industry (not to mention the landscape, as I mentioned earlier) reminded me so much of the place where I live and work (another beautiful tourist driven place). It was nice to play tourist for once, though. I do have another Mackinac Island post coming up - lots of pictures from the Grand Hotel!