It was a cool, fresh August morning in Cheboygan as they backed my Dodge Avenger loaded with backpacks, maps and Coldwell Banker Schmidt signs onto the Bois Blanc Island Ferry. It was my second trip over to the Island this summer and this time I brought friends and reserved time to enjoy some of the scenery, after my work was completed.
The Cheboygan Crib Light
The horn on the Kristen D. sounded and our journey had begun, heading north out of Cheboygan. We passed under the State Street drawbridge, and alongside the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw before seeing the Cheboygan Crib Light and the Cheboygan River opened up into Lake Huron. Once we emerged onto the open waters of the Great Lakes we were treated to views of the rising summer sun, Duncan Bay and Cordwood Point to the east, and the majestic Mackinac Bridge and a passing Freighter to the west.
As the American Flag that flies over the Bois Blanc Island dock grew larger on the horizon, a subtle excitement rumbled through the passengers on deck, for they knew that island time was about to begin. Upon docking, we moved with purpose to get my real estate tasks accomplished. We first drove to the East side of the island, being sure to wave back at the people in passing vehicles who almost always had a hand out the window and a serene smile on their faces. The monarch butterflies seemed to be following the car as we passed Snake Island Preserve and the Coast Guard Chapel.
Our next stop took us back west of the docks and then through the woods back to Twin Lakes. The unspoiled natural beauty of the area was incredible. A pileated woodpecker was rapping away at a fallen log as we walked down to the lake shore. All that was missing was a kayak or a fishing boat, and my plans would have been booked for the afternoon.
The rest of the day was spent leisurely cruising the island looking for geocaches and photo opportunities. It’s easy to see why the locals love it here, and why people from the mainland invest in a Bois Blanc Island property, then spend as much time as possible here in the summer.