I left this morning for a week long vacation in Michigan.
I’ve set up the site to update while I’m gone. When I get back I will undoubtedly be posting about what my trip was like.
Consider this a heads-up that if anything strange develops on the site I won’t be able to fix it until I return.
Picture above are three islands in Lake Huron, north of Michigan.
Michigan is split into two distinct parts, the Upper Peninsula and the Lower Peninsula.
When you look at a map, the Lower Peninsula is the section that looks like a left handed oven mitt.
The Upper Peninsula looks like a broken branch or something.
Anyways, those three islands are almost right between the closest points of the peninsulas. You can see the bridge to the left of the islands in the picture.
I’m going to Bois Blanc Island (Bob-Lo), the lower right one, for my vacation.
The top left island is called Mackinac Island (Mac-in-aw). The middle island is called Round Island.
Historically, Mackinac Island is the most important. It contains a fort built by the British to trade for furs with the local Native Americans.
The fort was given to the USA after the Revolutionary War, but many British stuck around.
In the War of 1812, the British retook the fort, but they had to give it back at the end of the war once again.
The other two islands can’t compete with the “staggering historical importance” of Mackinac Island.
Today, Mackinac is a tourist location reached by ferry, boat, or private airplane. It has tons of candy shops, toy shops, and fudge shops.
Fudge is the biggest export from Mackinac. The island also boasts the hotel with the largest porch in the world.
You can also visit the old fort and a butterfly zoo while you’re on Mackinac.
No cars are allowed on Mackinac, so you have to get around by walking, biking, or horses.
Round Island is a national park with nothing on it except trees, rocks, animals, and a lighthouse. It has never had any historical importance whatsoever and it is not strictly round.
Bois Blanc Island is pronounced Bob-Lo Island. REMEMBER HOW TO PRONOUNCE IT!
Bois Blanc was a timber resource for the US navy back when ships were still primarily built out of wood.
The navy started selling plots of land on Bois Blanc after they realized they didn’t need the wood anymore.
The plots were bought by people to construct beachfront summer homes in the 1880s. My dad’s mom’s mom’s dad (I think I got that right) was one of the people who bought a plot of land.
My great-great-grandpa built a cottage on the island and now all of his descendants go there for vacations.
For the next week I will be on Bois Blanc Island with my extended relatives, far away from the rest of the world.
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