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An Ice-Cream Vacation on Mackinac Island, Michigian

Mackinac Island-Alpena, Michigan

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"Well, we had an 11-day vacation here, and we ended up eating ice cream all 11 days, going to different places. We wanted to see which was our favorite flavor and favorite brand and now I know why they have all this fudge up here and all this ice cream up because there's a lot of cows up here, so their trying to put their dairy products to good use.

But, I would say the "fudgies" live here because there are some big boys that run the ferries back to the island and drive the horses on the island. We went to the governor's mansion and did a tour, which was fun, Charlevoix to see the mushroom houses, lots of shopping, and Mackinaw City and Cheboygan. It's been really fun. It's really beautiful up here, and we can't wait to come back. We definitely saw the bridge every day and saw the fireworks. And we really especially enjoyed being with our friends and letting our dogs play up here. I don't know how they are going to want to go back. We live in a condo, and they have to be on a leash all the time.

They've been running around, digging in the mud on the shore. We've had fun going through the Tunnel of Trees and driving and getting lost(laughs) and eating in fun places. I've met a lot of really interesting people."

Curious to know what a "fudgie" is? Listen here. 

Part of the "Stories from Main Street" project--an effort to collect stories about small-town life across the United States. The project was the brainchild of the Smithsonian's "Museum on Main Street" program, an initiative that brings traveling exhibitions about subjects of national importance to small towns across America.

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