Around Mackinac Island and Destination Speed Dating at #SATW

Around Mackinac Island and Destination Speed Dating at #SATW

Mackinac Island 0

Aired on May 27, 2015

Photo of Mackinac Island photo by Tonya Fitzpatrick
Approaching Mackinac Island by ferry.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick

Mackinac Island, named by Native Americans for its shape as a turtle, is a northern Michigan island made famous by the Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour movie, “Somewhere in Time”.  Just as the Victorian-period movie reflected, Mackinac Island has maintained its old world charm.  Many of the buildings reflect Victorian architecture and there are only two ways to travel around the 9 mile island–by bicycle or horse drawn carriage.  Join World Footprints as well explore the island by horse drawn carriage today.

There are only two ways to travel to the island from the mainland–small plane or ferry.  World Footprints had the pleasure of meeting Chris Shepler of Shepler’s Ferry on one such journey between the island and the lower peninsula of Michigan.  Chris shared the imporance of his family’s legacy and Shepler Ferry’s philanthropic mission.  Chris also gave Tonya and opportunity to play Captain as she navigated the waters of Lake Huron at the helm.

Tonya steering Mackinac Island ferry
“Captian” Tonya piloting a Shepler’s Ferry.  Photo:  Ian Fitzpatrick

Finally, World Footprints had a chance to meet representatives from a number of East Coast destinations at a Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) conference.  We did a bit of speed dating with each travel destination to discover bbbthe special things that each offers to travelers.  Pack your bags and stay tuned to see what adventures await.

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