Drawn to the past

FILE - In a June 30, 2005 file photo, Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Lake Michigan is seen from the Mackinac Bridge in Mackinaw City, Mich. President Donald Trump wants to eliminate federal support of a program that addresses the Great Lakes' most pressing environmental threats. Trump's 2018 budget released Thursday, March 16, 2017, would remove all funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which has received strong support from members of Congress in both parties since President Barack Obama established it in 2009. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. - It's 6 a.m. on a Friday morning, and the streets are eerily quiet as I jog along Main Street - Lake Huron to my left and the charming homes of this old island retreat to my right. I don't have to worry about running in the middle of the street. There are no cars, nor will there ever be.

In the distance, there's a young man with a pushcart making his way down the street on his way for an early delivery at a nearby shop. Then I hear the echo of horse hooves striking the pavement on an adjacent street.

Have I run through a portal, landing in a time far in the past? My imagination is suddenly checked as the sound of a foghorn echoes across the lake, and I watch as the island yawns and stretches, coming to life.