2007-08-04 / Top News

Beating the Heat on Mackinac Island's Main Street

As the heat index heads toward 90 degrees, with no clouds in sight, tourists look for an ice-cream cone and Mackinac Island horses look for a bucket of water Wednesday, August 1. Horses Mark (front) and Dick are offered water by Mike Romano (front) and Gary McDonnell. The men are Mackinac Island Carriage Tours employees. The buckets are filled between carriage stops and lined up curbside near the Carriage Tours ticket booth on Main Street. "We actually get quite a few dogs stopping at the buckets too," said Mr. Romano. The geldings have a water break about every 20 minutes, said Brad Chambers of Carriage Tours, and drivers keep an eye on them during the tour to Surrey's Hill, watching for signs of dehydration and overheating. They are not always thirsty when they make the Main Street stop, said Mr. Romano, who can usually tell when they want water. "Their ears come up, and they look at the bucket," he said. Water also is available for the animals, including dray horses, at various spots on the Island like Surrey's Hill, Arch Rock, Main Street, the Arnold dock, the Cadotte Avenue horse barn, and the 4-H barn. "They get a lot of attention," said Brad Chambers of Carriage Tours, "that's for sure."

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