Straits of Mackinac
2021 Trip Report

Day five part one: Helicopter Tour,
ferry to Mackinac Island.

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My Flight Tours - Helicopter
My Flight Tours
We checked out of the Riviera Motel this morning and drove back across the Mackinac Bridge to the Mackinac County Airport in St. Ignace, where we were the guests of My Flight Tours. Out pilot was the 26 year old founder of the three year old company, Sergio Troiani. I took over 200 photos during the flight over St. Ignace and the north end of the Mackinac Bridge. 

My door had been removed so I could get better pictures, which made it fun when the helicopter banked left and I was looking almost straight down. The flight took about 10 minutes, but at the time it seemed twice as long. Linda was taking different photos from the other side of the helicopter.

Pilot Sergio Troiani  - My Flight Tours
Pilot Sergio Troiani

Mackinac Bridge from a helicopter
The Mighty Mac from near the St. Ignace Mackinac County Airport

Mackinac Island Ferry dock in St, Ignace, Michigan
Star Line and Shepler's St. Ignace Ferry docks

Mighty Mac from the air on a helicopter tour
Mackinac Bridge with Mackinaw City in the distance

North Tower of the Mackinac Bridge
North tower of the Mighty Mac

Coast Guard Station St. Ignace and Biscayne Bay
Coast Guard Station St. Ignace with the ice breaking tug Biscayne Bay
The green area at the end of the dock to the right of Biscayne Bay is a colony of Common Terns (Sterna hirundo).

Parasailing near the St. Ignace dolphins
These four dolphins in Moran Bay were where freighters or barges unloaded jet fuel for Kincheloe Air Force Base,
37 miles away. The military base operated from 1943 - 1977. Originally tank trucks hauled the fuel the base, but
eventually an underground pipeline carried the fuel.

We followed the flight with a ride to Mackinac Island with Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry. The views of the Straits are more beautiful when traveling from the Mackinaw City side, but we were already in St. Ignace and Shepler's charges less for overnight parking on this less visited side. The ferries from St. Ignace follow the west side of Mackinac Island to the City of Mackinac Island.

The Felicity ferry to Mackinac Island upper deck
The Felicity - Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

THe Mighty Mac from St. Ignace
The Mackinac Bridge

Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island
Grand Hotel

Round Island Lighthouse - Straits of Mackinac
Round Island Lighthouse

Shepler's ferry dock on Mackinac Island
Arriving at Mackinac Island behind the larger Miss Margy which just came from Mackinaw City

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