I have traveled to Michigan on three occasions in my life, with Mackinac Island being the ultimate destination each time. Where Southern Michigan is mostly grasslands, farms, and urban developement, Northern Michigan is dominated by beautiful green forests of pine, spruce, and fir trees, all remaining green year round. The highways I have traveled on in Northern Michigan are surrounded on both sides by the forests and when you come to an overpass, the trees basically block any buildings that might be nearby, giving the impression that you have gone far away from civilization. Only by taking an off ramp do the gas stations, restaurants, and other signs of human development become visible. Speaking of getting away from civilization, Mackinac Island is a quiet little island in Lake Huron, which sits between Lower Michigan and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. No motor vehicles are allowed on the island (except for an ambulance and a fire truck), so that the only modes of transportation are bicycles and horsedrawn carriages. The little island may bustle with activity during the day, as tourists come to ride bicycles around the nine-mile circumference of the island and enjoy world-famous fudge. I strongly recommend spending one or two nights on the island. Most of the tourists not staying on the island have left by 9:00 p.m. This is now a great time to walk around the docks and town and enjoy the quiet. When sleeping at one of the hotels or bed and breakfasts on the island, open a window and go to sleep listening to the clip clop of horse hoves.

This is the view from Main Street on Mackinac Island looking eastward. (2008)

This is the view from Main Street on Mackinac Island looking westward. (2008)

This is Arch Rock as seen during a bike ride around on Mackinac Island. (2004)

Whitefish Point is on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The lighthouse is considered the most important light on Lake Superior as all ships entering and leaving this lake must pass by. (2008)

Whitefish Point also contains the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. This is the recovered bell from the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, the most famous of the Great Lakes shipwrecks. This 729-foot-long Great Lakes freighter broke in two on the night of November 10, 1975 in a storm producing 35-foot tall waves. There were no survivors. (2008)

The windmill in Holland, Michigan. (2004)