The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World

The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World Located behind historic Ste. Anne's Church on beautiful Mackinac Island, the Original Butterfly House is just a 10 minute walk away from downtown. Regular Season Hours: Sunday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM The doors lock 30 min before close
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Look who finally came out of estivation! **Fun Fact** Estivation is a state of dormancy during dry or hot spells. Chewy ...
04/02/2020

Look who finally came out of estivation! **Fun Fact** Estivation is a state of dormancy during dry or hot spells. Chewy is from arid regions of South America. We recreated the dry season over the winter and have been mimicking spring showers to wake him up. Happy spring! #chewy #theoriginalmibh #pacmanfrog #chubby #estivation #hibernation #amphibian #frogs #frogsofinstagram #spring #animallovers #springshowers

Woolly Bear Wednesday! Spring has sprung #woollybearwednesday #caterpillar #moth #lepidoptera #spring #spreadcheer #inse...
04/01/2020

Woolly Bear Wednesday! Spring has sprung #woollybearwednesday #caterpillar #moth #lepidoptera #spring #spreadcheer #insects #explore #theoriginalmibh #nature @ Traverse City, Michigan

Today is the day that we were planning on getting the garden over to the island to begin the journey of opening the Butt...
03/31/2020

Today is the day that we were planning on getting the garden over to the island to begin the journey of opening the Butterfly House. Itโ€™s surreal to be living through this unprecedented time and that our lives are all changing so drastically.
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Our opening date is being postponed, we are tentatively planning to open on May 22nd. This date is subject to change if things do not improve in the world.
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The health and safety of our guests and staff is always our highest priority. Upon opening, Health and Sanitary Protocols will be put into effect to ensure a safe environment for all. Stay safe and healthy friends. Feel free to reach out with any questions. #bewell #weareinthistogether #mymackinac #mackinacisland #theoriginalmibh #update #covid_19 #2020season #stayhealthy #allgoodmack #futuretravel

Happy #NationalButterflyDay
03/14/2020

Happy #NationalButterflyDay

Today is #NationalButterflyDay and so we are celebrating all the many species of butterflies in our state! Several species of butterfly are threatened or at risk - the Mitchell's satyr, the Poweshiek skipperling, and the Karner blue, just to name a few.
Photos clockwise from top left:
Fritillary butterfly by Lauren Ross
Monarch butterfly by Nan Pokerwinski
Karner blue by Martha Hitchiner
Painted lady by Marianne Glosenger

๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ We are so excited to support such an amazing cause. Keep an eye out for 4Ocean Bracelets in our store this summer. B...
02/15/2020
The Guys Who Sell Ocean Plastic Bracelets Are Closing in on 8 Million Pounds of Waste Pulled From the Sea

๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ We are so excited to support such an amazing cause. Keep an eye out for 4Ocean Bracelets in our store this summer. Buy your very own bracelet and remove another pound of ocean trash #savethesea #4ocean #reducereuserecycle #oceancleanup

The company that has been selling $20 plastic bracelets made of ocean plastic are expanding their operations into Guatemala and Central America.

We were lucky enough to be able to get a peak at the breeding facilities and nursery at Green Hills Butterfly Ranch #cat...
01/26/2020

We were lucky enough to be able to get a peak at the breeding facilities and nursery at Green Hills Butterfly Ranch #caterpillars #butterflies #nursery #breedingfacility #science #lepidoptera #butterflyfarm

Basking in the sunshine #mysceliaethusa #mexicanbluewing #butterfly #lepidoptera #belize #butterflyfarm #flighthouse #in...
01/15/2020

Basking in the sunshine #mysceliaethusa #mexicanbluewing #butterfly #lepidoptera #belize #butterflyfarm #flighthouse #insects #nature

Visited Green Hills Butterfly Ranch and was able to see their breeding facility and flight house. Such an incredible exp...
01/13/2020

Visited Green Hills Butterfly Ranch and was able to see their breeding facility and flight house. Such an incredible experience and absolutely beautiful butterflies and caterpillars! 1) Giant Owl eggs 2) Blue Morpho eggs 3) Blue Morpho caterpillar- crazy colors, right!?! More photos to come! #butterflyfarm #butterflies #mariposario #mariposas #insects #caterpillars #ilovemyjob #caligoeurilochus #morphopeleides #giantowlbutterfly #bluemorpho @ Green Hills Butterfly Ranch

What a beautiful day it was to ring in the new year! Have a wonderful 2020 everyone!!! #happynewyear #2020 #hiking #upno...
01/02/2020

What a beautiful day it was to ring in the new year! Have a wonderful 2020 everyone!!! #happynewyear #2020 #hiking #upnorth #travelmichigan

Itโ€™s been a drizzly weekend, but the New Years festivities are about to begin! #mackinacisland #makeitmackinac #theorigi...
12/29/2019

Itโ€™s been a drizzly weekend, but the New Years festivities are about to begin! #mackinacisland #makeitmackinac #theoriginalmibh #hapoynewyear #welcome2020

11/17/2019

Dynastes granti larvae, our first attempt at breeding! We are so excited to have two healthy babies munching away! #checkup #breeding #beetles #coleoptera #theoriginalmibh #entomology #larva #herculesbeetle #dynastesgranti #cutie

Bye for now Mackinac!! See you in a few weeks #travelmichigan #mymackinac #mackinacisland #puremichigan #endofseason #th...
10/30/2019

Bye for now Mackinac!! See you in a few weeks #travelmichigan #mymackinac #mackinacisland #puremichigan #endofseason #theoriginalmibh

The stunning Blue Wave butterfly basking in the morning sun #butterflies #blue #colorful #photography #lepidoptera #theo...
10/17/2019

The stunning Blue Wave butterfly basking in the morning sun #butterflies #blue #colorful #photography #lepidoptera #theoriginalmibh #insects #insectphotography ๐Ÿ“ธ @adamusru

It's so cool that the migrations are popping up on weather radars! ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/monarch-butterfly...
10/16/2019
Monarch butterfly and dragonfly migrations are so massive theyโ€™re being caught on NWS radar

It's so cool that the migrations are popping up on weather radars! ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹

https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/monarch-butterfly-and-dragonfly-migrations-are-so-massive-theyre-being-caught-on-nws-radar

The National Weather Serviceโ€™s weather surveillance radar captured a massive migration of monarch butterflies and dragonflies flying over the central United States.

Do these look familiar?๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿง #insectworld #theoriginalmibh #giantleafinsects #welovewatchingthemwalk #mackinacisland
10/15/2019
KQED

Do these look familiar?๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿง #insectworld #theoriginalmibh #giantleafinsects #welovewatchingthemwalk #mackinacisland

Giant Malaysian leaf insects stay still on their host plants to avoid hungry predators. But as they grow up, they can't get lazy with their camouflage.

They change โ€“ and even dance โ€“ to blend in with the ever-shifting foliage.

๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒบButterflies are pollinators too๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒพ #pollendustedwings #theoriginalmibh #butterflies #pollinators #mackinacisland ๐Ÿ“ท: A...
10/14/2019

๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒบButterflies are pollinators too๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒพ #pollendustedwings #theoriginalmibh #butterflies #pollinators #mackinacisland ๐Ÿ“ท: Aliana

Bees creating art ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ
10/13/2019
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Bees creating art ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ

Beekeeper and artist Ava Roth teams up with her bees to create abstract art.

We had a lovely time celebrating the strong women of Mackinac Island and honoring Mary Anne Gale's memory and accomplish...
10/12/2019

We had a lovely time celebrating the strong women of Mackinac Island and honoring Mary Anne Gale's memory and accomplishments. We miss her everyday. ๐Ÿฆ‹

A marvelous time with friends in honor of Mary Anne Gale and to benefit the Mackinac Community Cancer Fund. Thank you Grand Hotel for hosting our annual event!

Thinking ahead for your pollinator garden: Fall is a great time to plant  bulbs like daffodils and crocuses for Spring f...
10/09/2019
Help butterflies, bees and birds with a pollinator garden in your yard

Thinking ahead for your pollinator garden: Fall is a great time to plant bulbs like daffodils and crocuses for Spring flowers. ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/help-butterflies-bees-and-birds-with-a-pollinator-garden-in-your-yard/2019/10/04/7cb9d418-e089-11e9-b199-f638bf2c340f_story.html

These species, some of which are threatened with extinction, need flowers to survive.

Fall sunsets on Mackinac Island are the best. ๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿ‚ 10.8.19 ๐Ÿ“ท: Barb #theoriginalmibh #sunsets #mackinacisland #straitsofmac...
10/09/2019

Fall sunsets on Mackinac Island are the best. ๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿ‚ 10.8.19 ๐Ÿ“ท: Barb #theoriginalmibh #sunsets #mackinacisland #straitsofmackinac #mackinacbridge #momentslikethese #thatviewthough

๐ŸŽฌ Behind the scenes~ Cleaning out the turtle pond ๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข photos by Barb  #theoriginalmibh #turtles #koifish #sparklingclean...
10/08/2019

๐ŸŽฌ Behind the scenes~ Cleaning out the turtle pond ๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข photos by Barb #theoriginalmibh #turtles #koifish #sparklingclean #mackinacisland

A very cool article from the Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau  and a quote from yours truly.  #theoriginalmibhhttps://www.m...
10/05/2019
Following Northern Michiganโ€™s Autumn Monarch Migration | Mackinaw City

A very cool article from the Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau and a quote from yours truly. #theoriginalmibh

https://www.mackinawcity.com/following-northern-michigans-autumn-monarch-migration/

Probably the most recognizable butterfly in North America is the monarch, with its distinguishable and vibrant black and orange color palette. Did you know that during the summer, millions of these beautiful winged creatures (if you recall from biology class: lepidoptera from Ancient Greek lepรญs .....

Congratulations to @terri_shivas for winning our photo contest. We loved the harmony of her photo of the Clipper butterf...
10/05/2019

Congratulations to @terri_shivas for winning our photo contest. We loved the harmony of her photo of the Clipper butterfly and the hibiscus flowers! Congratulations! #photography #naturephotography #nature #butterflies #insects #beauty #photocontest

10/01/2019
Leopold drinking water

How precious is Leopold?! ๐Ÿ’“ #africanfattailedgecko #stayhydrated #welovehim #theoriginalmibh #butterflyhouse #insectworld #mackinacisland ๐ŸŽฅ by Lane

Would you be open to eating cricket chips or earthworm flour brownies? ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿฆ—๐Ÿฝ  "While humans have been consuming insects fo...
10/01/2019
Bugs for dinner: Behind the latest sustainability trend

Would you be open to eating cricket chips or earthworm flour brownies? ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿฆ—๐Ÿฝ "While humans have been consuming insects for centuries, especially in non-Western cultures, the practice has become more mainstream in recent years thanks to more adventurous palates, a quest for healthy alternatives and a desire to eat more sustainably. Entomophagy, as itโ€™s known, has far-reaching benefits that clearly appeal to todayโ€™s consumers."

https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2019/09/bugs-dinner-behind-latest-sustainability-trend

Putting insects on the menu or in everyday food products isnโ€™t exactly new, so whatโ€™s fueling the trend and where is it headed?

09/30/2019
Last day of September release

We just had a lovely butterfly release on this last day of September. Our entomologist Lane counted 50 new butterflies! Wow! ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒฟ#theoriginalmibh #butterflyrelease #mackinacisland #slowmotion #gardenlove ๐ŸŽฅ by @Aliana

09/28/2019
Great Lakes Bee Supply

For all of our beekeeper friends, please take note that if you live in Southwest Michigan there will be a mass spraying of pesticides in hopes to control mosquito's carrying EEE. Read below for more information on how to properly prepare your hives.

HONEY BEES AND EEE ALERT!!!

Great Lakes Bee Supply recommends, to all beekeepers in Southwest Michigan and those affected in other counties, that starting no later than 7pm Sunday Sept. 29th, 2019 , all beekeepers put an entrance reducer on their hive and block the bees into the hive for the duration of the spraying.

Furthermore, we recommend leaving your bees blocked in the hive for at least 12 more hours after all spraying has stopped. If you are concerned about food or water supplies during this time, add water or sugar water to your hive.

The residual effects of this pesticide are unclear, so we would also recommend that you pull any honey you wish to process and consume for the 2019 season, from your hive before the spraying begins. We would NOT recommend eating any honey from your hive after the spraying has occurred for the rest of the year.

Lastly, to further reduce losses, we recommend putting a boardman feeder or other type of feeder, with CLEAN water inside your hive for the next week at minimum. Access to clean, uncontaminated water will be crucial and providing water inside the hive will help reduce the chances the bees will seek out other water sources.

This spraying WILL kill honey bees, butterflies and other insects. โ€œThe pesticide product can be toxic to honeybees or butterfliesโ€ said Laura McGowan, spokesperson for Clarke, An Illinois-based contractor applying the pesticides.

Please take precautions and use your best judgments, the state is spraying a poison broadly into the air. There will be drift, run off and residue. Please try to safeguard your pets, honeybees and yourselves.

Please do your research and actively watch for updates about the spraying areas and schedule changes. They may change due to weather, so you may need to change your schedule for blocking your bees in the hives, etc.

"Mackinac Island Women, Wellness and a Wee Bit of Wine Weekend is October 18 & 19, 2019.  This weekend focuses on health...
09/25/2019
Mackinac Island Women, Wellness and a Wee Bit of Wine

"Mackinac Island Women, Wellness and a Wee Bit of Wine Weekend is October 18 & 19, 2019. This weekend focuses on health and wellness with all proceeds going to the Mackinac Island Cancer Fund. Tickets are $75 and include all events for the weekend. This annual event is a weekend for women to celebrate friendships, health, shopping and of course... a little wine. Join us this year for wellness seminars, renowned speakers, recreation activities, great food, fabulous shopping and so much more."

Women's Wellness and a Wee Bit O' Wine Weekend!
This annual event is a weekend for women to celebrate friendships, health, shopping and of course... a little wine. Join us this year for wellness seminars, renowned speakers, recreation activities, great food, fabulous shopping and so much more. We'd love for you to join us, October 18 & 19! For more information, visit our website at:

www.mackinacwomenswellness.com

๐Ÿฆ‹In 2018, our Manager Ruth traveled to Mexico to see where the monarchs roost after their fall migration. We hope you en...
09/24/2019
Traveling to the Monarch Preserves in Mexico -- Part 1 | Original Butterfly House

๐Ÿฆ‹In 2018, our Manager Ruth traveled to Mexico to see where the monarchs roost after their fall migration. We hope you enjoy reading about her experience at two different sanctuaries:

๐Ÿฆ‹Part 1: https://www.originalbutterflyhouse.com/traveling-monarch-preserves-mexico-part-1/

๐Ÿฆ‹Part 2: https://www.originalbutterflyhouse.com/traveling-monarch-preserves-mexico-part-2/

#theoriginalmibh #monarchmigration #mexico #butterflysanctuary #elrosario #SierraChincua

Visiting the El Rosario Sanctuary was by far the most magical experience Iโ€™ve ever had. In early February, I flew to Mexico in order to witness and learn all about the miraculous Monarch Migration. The monarchs fly all the way from Canada and the Northern United States (roughly 2,500 miles!!) to f...

๐Ÿฆ”  Bert wishes everyone a very happy first day of Fall! ๐Ÿ‚  photo by Lane ๐Ÿ #whatacutie #thoseteeththough #hedgehog #fall...
09/23/2019

๐Ÿฆ” Bert wishes everyone a very happy first day of Fall! ๐Ÿ‚ photo by Lane ๐Ÿ #whatacutie #thoseteeththough #hedgehog #fallequinox #theoriginalmibh #mackinacisland

๐ŸŒžWishing everyone a happy last day of summer! ๐Ÿฆ‹ The Butterfly House crew has been tagging monarchs on Mackinac Island as...
09/22/2019

๐ŸŒžWishing everyone a happy last day of summer! ๐Ÿฆ‹ The Butterfly House crew has been tagging monarchs on Mackinac Island as they embark on their fall migration south.๐Ÿ™Œ #theoriginalmibh #monarchmigration #butterflies #headingsouth #mackinacisland

A great read about how beneficial goldenrod is. Especially because: "In past years, goldenrod has received a bad reputat...
09/21/2019
Goldenrod an important fall food source for bees and butterflies

A great read about how beneficial goldenrod is. Especially because: "In past years, goldenrod has received a bad reputation through no fault of its own. For decades, doctors implied their patientโ€™s allergy symptoms were caused by goldenrod pollen when in fact, the actual culprit was ragweed."

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/life/home-garden/blogs/gardening/2019/09/19/goldenrod-important-fall-food-source-bees-and-butterflies/2373340001/

A large goldenrod bloom can make the difference between no honey or a bumper crop .

How cute is Leopold, our African Fat-Tailed Gecko!? #bathtime #theoriginalmibh #mackinacisland #gecko ๐Ÿ“ท by Maggie
09/17/2019

How cute is Leopold, our African Fat-Tailed Gecko!? #bathtime #theoriginalmibh #mackinacisland #gecko ๐Ÿ“ท by Maggie

"Beekeeping affords us the opportunity to really kind of engage in a different way with the natural world," said Adam In...
09/16/2019
Heroes to Hives

"Beekeeping affords us the opportunity to really kind of engage in a different way with the natural world," said Adam Ingrao, a fourth-generation soldier who runs Heroes to Hives through Michigan State University Extension. "You're not thinking about what happened in Afghanistan or Iraq. You're thinking about what's happening right here, right now."

Beekeeping is a path to healing and continued national service.

Post yoga tranquility #sunflower #yellow #happiness #peaceful #yogaflow #namaste #ricepaper #butterfly #lepidoptera #the...
09/13/2019

Post yoga tranquility #sunflower #yellow #happiness #peaceful #yogaflow #namaste #ricepaper #butterfly #lepidoptera #theoriginalmibh #tranquil #planttherapy #nature #butterflygarden ๐Ÿ“ท by Ruth

09/11/2019
Ruth releasing butterflies into the garden

๐ŸคฉThis afternoon our Manager Ruth released all these butterflies into our garden. There were so many Blue Morphos!!! ๐Ÿฅฐ ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ“ฝ by Aliana #theoriginalmibh #butterflylove #gardenjoy #butterflyrelease #mackinacisland #bluemorpho

How magical would this be to see!? #welovedragonflies #weloveinsects https://fox8.com/2019/09/10/swam-of-dragonflies-oth...
09/11/2019
Swarm of dragonflies, other insects spotted on radar over Ohio

How magical would this be to see!?
#welovedragonflies #weloveinsects

https://fox8.com/2019/09/10/swam-of-dragonflies-other-insects-spotted-on-radar-over-ohio/

CLEVELAND-- Massive amounts of dragonflies were spotted over Ohio on Tuesday. FOX 8 viewers reported seeing thousands of dragonflies in Lakewood, Lorain, Shelby, Vermilion and Willoughby. The National Weather Service Cleveland posted an image of the radar from Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania, showing...

It's been a great 2019 season so far. Much appreciation to all who have visited. For those who are still planning to vis...
09/10/2019

It's been a great 2019 season so far. Much appreciation to all who have visited. For those who are still planning to visit, please know that our last day open will be Monday, October 21, 2019. ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ”๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ๐Ÿข #theoriginalmibh #butterflyhouse #mackinacisland #pipevineswallowtail ๐Ÿ“ท by Aliana

09/10/2019
Maggie's last butterfly release

Here is a video of our Entomology Intern Maggie and her last butterfly release. ๐Ÿฆ‹ Thank you Maggie for all of your enthusiasm this season! ๐Ÿฆ”We will miss you!๐Ÿ’— Video by Lane

#theoriginalmibh #butterflyrelease #entomologists #mackinacisland

A migrating monarch butterfly visits the The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฅฐ๐ŸŒท  photo by Alian...
09/10/2019

A migrating monarch butterfly visits the The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฅฐ๐ŸŒท photo by Aliana Lee

#theoriginalmibh #mackinacisland #monarchmigration

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6750 McGulpin St
Mackinac Island, MI
49757

Located behind Ste. Anne's Church, just a 10 minute walk from downtown!

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

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(906) 847-3972

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Mackinac Islandโ€™s Original Butterfly House and Insect World

The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House is the 1st of its kind in Michigan, and the 3rd oldest LIVE butterfly exhibit in the United States. The world-renowned facility has 1800 sq ft of tropical garden filled with hundreds of live butterflies from four continents.

Insect World was a part of the building that we renovated in 2006 and turned into an attraction, as an addition to the butterfly exhibit. And with 16โ€ณ walking sticks, the worlds heaviest bug, too many species of beetles to name here, walls of insect displays from around the world, educational information and live insects โ€“ the newest part of the attraction has been a huge success. Youโ€™ll want to plan on taking some time to learn about the benefits of insects to the planet we live on!

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First time here. Amazing! A must see!
Had a great time here on our vacation last week. So beautiful
I enjoyed visiting The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World! These are my favorite pictures, especially the Clipper. Please enter them for the photo contest. ๐Ÿ˜Š
Always enjoy our visit hereโ€™s some pics I took, please add for photo contest ๐Ÿ‘
My girls absolutely loved your butterfly and insect house on the fourth of July this weekend!
My daughter Cora must be very luck, she had this beautiful butterfly and another one land on her hat. We visited you guys the other day with her 5th grade class from Gull lake's Thomas M. Ryan intermediate school. Such an awsome place!๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿž๐Ÿฆ—๐Ÿ•ท๐Ÿฆ‹
We went there on a school trip and loved it!!!! So many beautiful butterflies, they also have a few interesting insects there along with a bearded dragon and hedgehog. The staff is extremely friendly and know a lot about the butterflies!!! Would definitely go back!
Got amazing photos of these guys during a cold day!
Had a great time here today with my wife. One of the gentlemen working stopped by to talk to us for quite some time about the butterflies. Once he found out I was a teacher, he shared stories of his teaching career and seemed interested in hearing about my experiences. I always appreciate when a place is welcoming and inviting, and it's clear that this place has mastered this. I was told to post a photo to the Facebook for a photo contest, so here is the photo I liked best from my visit! Thanks again!