Mackinac and Mackinaw are both pronounced Mackinaw with the "aw" sound at the end. The area was originally called Michinnimakinong by the Ojibwa Indians. The French shortened it to Mackinac, which would be pronounced with the "aw" sound. When the British arrived in the area, they wrote it as it was pronounced, Mackinaw. So it is Mackinaw City, Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Island. All of them are pronounced Mackinaw.
With that lesson under our belts, we signed up to take the ferry over to Mackinac Island and to take a horse drawn carriage tour. By taking the 9 am ferry, we got an extra treat as the ferry went under the Mackinac Bridge and gave us some extra history of the bridge. The bridge was completed in 1957 and connected the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. The bridge spans the Straits of Mackinac. One side of the bridge is Lake Huron; the other side is Lake Michigan. The main towers are 552 feet tall, the bridge is 200 feet above the water, and it is 5 miles long. We got some neat pictures.
As we approached Mackinac Island, we viewed the Grand Hotel and the town from the water.
The ferry went amazingly close to the Lighthouse.
We arrived at Fort Mackinac to take the tour. The Fort was held by the British through the war of 1812. After the war, it was ceded to the Americans.
After taking the ferry back to Mackinaw City, John took a nap and I set out to see the stores. I had heard that there was hot dog place called Weinerlicious. I was not ready to see the huge hot dog with all the fixings that they had on top of the building. Thought you might like to see it.
Thursday and Friday call for winds and rain, so we will stay put another few days. There is a colonial village and ice breaker museum to visit.