Imagine a lovely summer evening.

The windows are open inviting the gentle breeze inside. The only sounds are the waves lapping on the shore and the soft clip-clopping of hooves as a taxi delivers passengers after dinner down town. There is no traffic noise as automobiles are not allowed.

Early in the morning, ferries begin bringing thousands of people to the island disrupting the nighttime solitude. Horse-drawn carriages and taxis line the street waiting to take tourists on an island tour or to their hotels. Bicycles whiz by, weaving in and out of the carriages and the throngs of pedestrians eager to shop or taste the endless flavors of fudge that the island is famous for.

A maroon omnibus pulled by handsome gray Percherons comes around the corner and cameras begin clicking.

This is Mackinac Island.

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