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Thursday February 7 1957 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Three
A Contrast Between the Busy Life of a Resort City and the
Silent Life of a Hidden Bog
Daily Staf iWriter imagnation of the most iveter-
T T°s yate beachcomber ... huge pieces
dshop featuring imported toys o ifdriftwood smoothed to a satin
shopfeatrin imprte toy ,t finish from months in Lake Mich-
-life-life stuffed lions priced at igsn wrs, an unusak-colohe
almost $300-and a weather- igan waters, an unusual-colored
beaten antique shop housed in a;webtte ekdIihn
beteisnioe ho"ouedi a boat and a fifteen foot rope and
rickety old gasoline station. Con- boaid ad af cotedoby toe
"rat hesoud f ifeina us board ladder half covered by the
tract the sound at lite its a busy sandm ,
resort city with the silence of life sand
in a hidden bog.z
AND OUT upon the point -
Northern Michigan, or the the Bobolo lighthouse - the
"Tip-'o-the Mitten." as it has old and the new. The old, with its
been dubbed a propos its shape - ,,''ldeteriorating wooden structure
and location, presents a different and the overgrown brick home of
facade to everyone who knows the the lighthousekeeper, deserted
area. To the traveler to the 'ipper now to make way for the auto-
peninsula, it is a surface picture -,matic light of modern navigation.
-- a continuous line of woods, . But he who climbs the fifty feet
lakes, and cross-road towns to the top of the steel skeleton
streaking past at 70 miles an can go further into the past and
hour; to the resorter, Northern have all of the satisfaction of a
Michigan is a place to which he 1957 Jacques Marquette.
can escape, lie on narrow beaches, Here one can see the clear, bril-
be generally uncomfortable, andliant blue waters of Lake Michigan
if he is a member of a summer jin w te Lake Michist us
colony, attend and hold a daily the head of the world's greatest
round of cocktails partiestost SCENIC HIGHWAYS eventual waterway.
extent to ..hich he ca.not i.dulge .gives travelers access to sights of Northern Michigan The mail boat makes its labor-
at home.
ious journey into Cheboygan, and
To the year-round resident, it the three day endurance test are and about 100 times more "prim- twenty families - most of them a drive from this small city north-
is home-where he ekes out a treated with steak dinners, and the itive" than its neighbor. The county employees - live there ward and westward through and
meager living from the imfertile Mackinac tourist is also provided Grand Hotel on Mackinac boasts through the winter. beyond Mackinaw City shows that
land; it is the biologist's Paradise. with a treat. He can spend many of being the largest summer hotel All cars must be transported by not even the most isolated area is
and a scenic attraction to the hours staring at the graceful lines in the world - having the longest ferry from Cheboygan - at $25 free from commercialism and
tourist, of some of the most beautifuil porch in the world. The poor little one way - so these, too, are at a mass-production developments.
pleasure craft on earth, hotel at Pointe aux Pines on Bo- minimum. One usable road runs Mackinaw City has but one
THREE islands in the Straits of bolo probably couldn't even fab- from the sparsely settled southern function - to serve as an entry
Mackinac (with the city, the THE TINY AREA at the south ricate a spectacular claim. The shore of the island for six miles and exit to and from the Upper
island and the straits all pro- of the island is crowded; to closest it could come would be to to the uninhabited northern shore. Peninsula - as does St. Ignace on
nounced Mackinaw according to the north and west - nothing. A say, "Our front porch has the Here, fronting extensive marsh- the opposite side of the Straits. On
loal isage - Sen bestrme gravel road runs around the is- friendliest dogs in the world." es and thick stands of virgin tim- holiday week-ends when motorists
authority - present extremes in land and on it, an occasional bi- The puppies and the children her is a completely deserted rock- must often wait a mere twenty
occupancy. Tiny Round Island in cycle rider and carriage-trans- are equally engaging - with the covered beach. Crunching through hours to board a ferry, the town
the center holds nothing more ported group pass one another. four-footed youngsters being far the heavy mat of stones north- must cater to them. And so it
than a deserted iht house stand- Each, it seems, pities the other the braver of the group. Any new ward to a point of land that calls, does. Hotel and motel signs; "Eat,"
in on a rapidly shrinking sandy his mode of transportation. visitor is a curiosity, since the ma- "Come, see what is around the "Diner" and "Beer" in pink and
land extension, Lying just a mile or so west of jority of the summer cottage cc- corner!" is a small-scale discov- green fluorescence dot the road
Mackinac - Mecca for tour- Mackinac is "Bobolo" or Bots cupants spend the entire season ery trip. The wave-washed shore outside the city.
ists and college students seeking Blanc Island, six times as long, on the island, and only about yields treasures to delight the See NORTHERN, Page 23
summer jobs - is the northern
and westernmost of the three. It
can be seen from the ferries that
ply the Straits--a dark blob with
its Grand Hotel pasted on its
side shining, when touched by the
sun like a piece of white marbl.
The old fort high atop the hill .
The specialty shops and museums
at tne foot of the island are the
major attractions for visitors. And
twice each summer, excitement
and partying in the small "vil-
lage" attains excessive heights
For two of the longest fresh-
watet yacht races in the world.
the Port Huron and the Chicago-
Mackinc races. have as their
finish line this juncture of the
inland seas of Lakes Michigan and
Huron. The exhausted winners of
k -Sr785
MONTHLY regulary 9.9
CARDS . Save now on these comfortable lif te

ramblers with cushion-arch support
and soft, foot-hugging fit ..
classic little loafers curved
low on the sides and high in
front. Brown or black tex-
tured calfskin with handsewn vamps.

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