2012-10-06 / Opinions

The Delightful Sounds of Mackinac Island

To the Editor:

We recently returned home from a wonderful five-night stay at Small Point Bed and Breakfast, probably our 10th time to visit Mackinac overnight for a few nights.

On this trip, I was struck by the wonderful sounds the Island has, unique to Mackinac, so I made up the following list:

The clippety-clop of horses’ hooves on the road.

Fort Mackinac’s cannon firing every hour.

Bike wheels whirring away as they speed past you.

The foghorn sounding its alarm for all to hear.

The waves pounding the beach on a windy day.

The bell clanging away on the Straits bell buoy.

The noon siren sounding off downtown each day.

The ferryboats tooting upon each trip departure.

The blasts of an iron ore boat passing through the Straits.

The ducks quacking away on the beach at night.

The sound of “Reveille” played by the Boy Scouts at Fort Mackinac.

The handlebar bells of a kid’s bike.

Mackinac Island Carriage Tours drivers cracking jokes as part of their tour.

The wind whistling through the cedar trees.

The sound of a big putty knife turning over soft fudge.

The ferryboats revving up their engines as they clear the breakwall to pick up passengers.

And, if you’re really lucky, a slow moving thunderstorm to enjoy from your porch at 9 p.m. or 10 p.m.

Have a great fall season!

Richard Burns

Chardon, Ohio

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I just visited the Island for

I just visited the Island for the fifth time in three years and loved every minute of the time I was there. I have never stayed on the Island overnight yet but plan on it maybe next year! You have described the Island sounds perfectly! It is my favorite place to visit now; in fact we vacation only in St. Ignace with a day trip to the Island as we love it that much!

Wonderful! So true. :-)

Wonderful! So true. :-)
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