It’s a beautiful mornin’ ahhh
I think I’ll go outside a while
An jus’ smile
Just take in some clean fresh air boy
Ain’t no sense in stayin’ inside
If the weather’s fine an’ you got the time
It’s your chance to wake up and plan another brand new day
It’s a beautiful mornin’ ahhh – Rascals
Makes you want to sing along, doesn’t it!
We’ve had three days of beautiful mornings – and days – this weekend, and being outside is all I’ve wanted to do. I LOVE Fall – wherever I am. In the South, Fall usually continues past Christmas and New Year’s Day (I’m talking Fall temperatures – the trees lose their leaves before then). Winter (meaning we might throw on a fleece layer over a long-sleeve cotton shirt) usually arrives sometime in January. So, even though we’ll leave here after the beautifully-colored leaves have probably all been blown from the trees, we’ll arrive in Georgia in time for another Fall that could last two more months. We are so blessed.
The ri’vah is calling me more strongly each day. We’ve been gone a long time now, and I’m yearning to see family and our sweet friends and to sit on the sun porch, coffee mug in hand, and watch the birds at their feeder and the lake shimmering with sunlight.
But that’s five weeks away, and right now I’m planning on enjoying Fall on Mackinac in all its brilliant glory.
So much to talk about from the Island, but first . . . .
Ted’s Trip to Chicago and the 39th Ryder Cup
Ted was invited along on the trip with a group of guys he’s gotten to know well since we made Mackinac our summer home.
The group drove to Traverse City and flew to Chicago on a charter. Now I ask you – does this group look like they could have fun or what!
Beautiful homes they passed on the way to their hotel.
Along Lake Michigan, with the Chicago skyline in the background. Ted loved the biking, walking and running trails, but said there was no time in their schedule for exercising. Uh huh.
View from the 40th floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, where they stayed the first night.
On Tuesday, they attended the first practice round of the Ryder Cup and the Pro-Am Celebrity Tournament.
Some of the celebrities they spotted playing were Michael Phelps, George Lopez, Bill Murray and Justin Timberlake (sorry, no close-ups).
The 17th hole. Golfers they watched practice were Phil Mickleson, Bubba Watson (go Georgia!) and Zack Johnson.
After a full day at the golf course, one of the guys gets in a little power nap on the train.
Since Ted had never been to Chicago, the guys took him to the Trump Tower Terrace bar, where you can look down the Chicago River to Lake Michigan. What an unbelievable view! They ate at Gibson’s Steak House on Monday night and at Topo Giogio’s Italian Restaurant in Old Town Tuesday evening.
Night in Chicago.
View of Lake Michigan Wednesday morning from the Embassy Suite.
In the Tribune Tower (home of the Chicago Tribune) there is a tangible piece of history from each of the 50 states embedded into the building. Ted found Michigan’s block, which held a bit of Fort Brady from Sault Ste. Marie.
The guys flew into Traverse City early Wednesday afternoon, drove to Mackinaw City and caught the 4:30 ferry to the Island. I didn’t get to hear much about the trip until Thursday morning ’cause Ted went straight to sleep in his recliner after dinner. What a great trip for everyone!
The Mackinac Island Fire Department is one of the best-trained group of firefighters anywhere – they practice and drill constantly. On Thursday evening our Fire Department conducted a training event at British Landing Dock, with the help of SEMCO energy. The training involved burning propane tanks ranging from the “grill” sized tanks to the “home heating” style tanks, which are becoming more prevalent on the Island.
Battling the flames are Assistant Fire Chief Jason St. Onge, Harold Jonas, Travis Vartanian and Ben Mosley. The flames were visible from St. Ignace. (Photo credit: Dan Seeley)
Preparing to take care of their equipment, after the fire was out. The lights of St. Ignace are visible across the lake. (Photo Credit: Dan Seeley)
The Weekend in Photographs
Friday morning’s sunrise. (Photo Credit: Patrick Conlon)
Maddie thought it was a good day to sleep in the sun (a fluffy fleece blanket only made it better)!
Jill and I hopped a ferry Friday afternoon for St. Ignace and hair appointments. All I did was get my boring gray covered, but Jill went crazy with a PINK streak!
Jeremy’s reaction to Jill’s PINK streak! Not to worry, by Sunday morning, she had washed it out.
A sign of the season. Our recent cold snap was hurtful to some of our beautiful summer flower baskets. These from Main Street Inn & Suites came down this weekend.
More Fall signs – the shops are decorated for Autumn. These mums and scarecrows are outside of Decked Out.
Little Luxuries has some great Halloween goodies. Hey! That pumpkin matches my backpack!
Ted and I popped in at Ella & Ivy’s in time to wish Anne’s mom a Happy 90th Birthday! She had flown up from Florida to spend the week with Anne and commented it quite a bit chillier in Michigan! What a sweet and beautiful lady.
Steven Kopacki closed his gallery at 6pm Saturday evening and took a fall hike to Fort Holmes where he took this picture. It was taken at dusk, no flash, no tripod, looking southeast, full moon and fall color. Did you see the freighter in the moon reflection in the water. Steven’s gallery is offering 20 to 30% off on canvases and prints thru Oct 14th: www.photosbyblair.com
The peacefulness and beauty of the water near Mission Point Resort on Sunday morning promised another wonderful day outside! (Photo credit: Mary McGuire)
Late this afternoon Ted and I decided to take the pups up to Lookout Point. The trees at the Carriage Museum are turning more golden each day, and Wednesday is the last day they will be open – no more doughnuts till next year!
One of my favorite trees at the back entrance of the Carriage Museum (that’s the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Exhibit over the dropoff there).
All paths to Lookout Point lead first through the cemeteries. Today was a wonderful day for a Drive-it-Yourself buggy ride!
The trees at the cemeteries had much more color than Surrey Hill – just 1/2 mile away.
A canopy of gold.
The view from Lookout Point out to Lake Huron – so much change from when Ted was up here a week ago!
Lots of summer picnics have been enjoyed under this little shelter at Lookout Point!
The road not taken – at least not today. Next week we’ll go through here to Ft. Holmes.
We had started our walk late and then stopped to talk with several folks along the way. It was WAY past Maddie and Bear’s dinner time . . . .
“I wonder if this leads to Afternoon Snack Trail?”
Last wood path before home . . . what an awesome weekend!
I left out a very important part of Saturday. A group of visually impaired children and teenagers visited the Island this weekend, and one of the highlights of their trip was a visit to Jack’s Livery Stable, where they were introduced to all things horse – including a ride! I was so excited to be invited to come with my camera, and I’ll have that story for you Wednesday.
The days will begin to fly by now, and I’m hoping I can give those of you who can’t come for Fall a real sense of what Mackinac is like during this season. It’s a wonderful time to be here – maybe some photo will convince you to plan a trip in the next few weeks . . . everyone is offering specials! And if not a photograph, what about a little movie – taken Saturday afternoon on my way home:
See you Wednesday!