You have only to turn on the news to know folks up north are experiencing some really extreme weather this winter, and it has certainly been a snowy one for the last few weeks on Mackinac Island. With all the cold weather, and lots and lots of snow, islanders’ hopes for the creation of an ice bridge were really looking good this past week.
It didn’t last long. Today ice began pulling away from the island beach on the west side of Mackinac, and people were warned not to attempt a crossing. Crossing the ice bridge is never condoned by public authorities, and it is always “cross at your own risk.” Praying everyone stays safe out there this winter.
On Feb. 4 (the same day Jason and Brett were walking across the ice) the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinac, one of nine ice cutters that patrol the Great Lakes each winter, cut a path through the Straits for a promotional video. UpNorthLive.com posted the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ogRa0lRy_K8.
ATTENTION! MACKINAC ISLAND RESIDENTS!
Shepler’s Ferry will once again be offering resident ferry passes for $100. There is no deadline this year to buy the passes, so you may purchase them anytime. Contact Shepler’s at (231) 436-5023 for more information, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking of Heather May, she also writes a wonderful Mackinac Island blog, and this week she posted a new one with fantastic photographs. Please go here to read and enjoy: http://mackinacislandgal.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/mackinac-island-blog-pinepartiesandpokerruns/.
HOW TO GET TO THE ISLAND
With ferry service ended, and with no dependable ice bridge as yet, there is only one way to get to and from the Island right now, and that is Great Lakes Air. If you’re planning a winter trip, five flights are available Monday-Saturday, four flights on Sunday. You can contact Great Lakes Air at 906-643-7165.
CHRIS ANN UPDATE
I haven’t spoken personally to Chris Ann in a little over a week, but I have heard from a friend who visited and another friend who spoke with Burton. Chris Ann is sleeping more and more, but her pain continues to be well-controlled. Her loving spirit is still as strong as ever. Please pray that this journey’s end is peaceful for Chris Ann, Burton, and all of their family.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful winter – wherever you are. Ted told me yesterday that we’d be leaving for the Island 13 weeks from today (that sounds closer than “three months”, doesn’t it)! These first 3 1/2 months have sure flown by!