Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ferry Icy Straits

"Beauty, like ice, our footing does betray;
Who can tread sure on the smooth, slippery way:
Pleased with the surface, we glide swiftly on,
And see the dangers we cannot shun."
-John Dryden

Today was our first weekend ferry ride with ice involved. There is not nearly enough for an ice bridge. I don't know how much longer the ferry will run, rumors that ferry days are almost done are starting to spring up. They were done by this date last year, but it also seems like there were much icier rides towards the end than today's was.

The harbor is not encased in ice.

This year we have apple devices and it makes the ride so much easier with the girls. The ferry is the one place they can expect to play on these. We have found many great kids' apps! (I also am armed with a few toys and physical books).

Looking back:

Looking down:

I love the patchwork of ice:

A path:

This chunk of ice stood out from the rest:

Today was sunny, and it was beautiful with the ice:

The Mighty Mac (from the Mighty Huron):

When the Huron goes through ice there is a unique rumble that can be both felt and heard:

The farther we got from the island, the more ice there seemed to be:

We're not allowed on the bow in winter!

I'm a fan of railings.


Looking back towards Mackinac Island:

The Huron's icy wake:

The bridge doesn't swing over... (That's the craziest question we've encountered)


I feel safe on board- Arnold Line has been running ferries since 1878!

"If the straits aren't frozen, we keep making trips." -Arnold Line
Thank you for doing so! We are grateful!

Location:Mackinac Island


  1. I love Mackinac Island, but I've never been up north in the winter. Thanks for posting the great pictures! Your blog does a great job of capturing the excitement and adventure of everyday life.


    1. Thank you, Ryan! It's my visual poetry :)

  2. Which ferry runs in the winter? One of my close friend's father captained the Chippewa for 25 years before he retired - but only in the summer. Off season he was a high school math teacher in St. Johns.

    1. Shepler's just stopped running a week or two ago. Arnold Line runs as long as the ice allows! The ferry boat we ride in winter is The Huron, nicknamed the Mighty Huron (or the slow boat).

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