Oh my gosh, what a wonderful weekend we’ve had here on Mackinac. SO MUCH to tell you about I don’t even know where to start . . . so, let’s start with Friday, which just happened to be . . .
Sixty-five. How can that be? I remember when I’d meet someone who was 65 and think, “Golly, that is really, really OLD!” And now here I am . . . really, really OLD! But I don’t feel 65 – well except when I first get up in the morning and haven’t had my coffee. And when I’ve walked up Cadotte more than once a day. And when I’ve climbed the stairs from Marquette Park to Anne’s Tablet. And when . . . well, you know what I mean.
A few weeks ago I received an email from Anna Marlis Burgard. Anna is the author and principal photographer for the forthcoming book, “Island of America: A River, Lake and Sea Odyssey”. She is finalizing publisher negotiations, and National Geographic Traveler will feature the book when it releases. Anna has worked for quite a while in the illustrated book business as an editor, creative director and author, but she says the “Islands” book is certainly her biggest adventure. She is planning to include Mackinac in the book, and while “noodling” around online she found Bree’s Blog and wanted to meet me and get my thoughts about the island. “Would I be available,” she asked. “Why, yes I would!” I replied.
I later learned she had been in contact with our Tourism Bureau Director Mary McGuire, and had three days of photography scheduled during her visit.
On Saturday Anna and I met at the Chippewa for lunch and had a happy time discussing what is – of course – the very best island – Mackinac! I learned that Anna has been researching this book for 1 1/2 years and will probably spend at least another year traveling before it’s ready for the printer. It will be published in 2015. I had a blast listening to her stories of all the islands she is visiting around the country, and I hope I was able to give her some local color about our “rock”. I invited her to Little Stone Church for Sunday services, and there she was this morning!
So enjoyed meeting you Anna. I’m looking forward to the publication of your book, and we’re so excited you’re including Mackinac!
This weekend – weatherwise and otherwise – has been awesome! We’re finally beginning to get warmer temps, and walking to church this morning was a real treat. Instead of layers upon layers, I ambled down the hill without a single “cold weather” wrap. The sun felt great!
After lunch and a long afternoon nap, Ted and I headed out with the pups for a walk in the woods. They were so excited when we got out the leashes they were practically bouncing off the walls!
I begin volunteering tomorrow at the Stuart House and will be there every Monday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for the rest of the season. If you’re on the Island on a Monday, I’d sure love it if you’d stopped by and said hi!
Happy, Happy Birthday this weekend to our special brother-in-law, Charlie/Frog McMichael, and a Happy, Happy Birthday also to Mr. Pat Pulte, owner of the Murray Hotel and the Inn on Mackinac! Pat is one of the Mackinac 7 – a group of talented artists who live and work on the Island. Pat, I have my eye on that painting of the Stuart House on Market Street!
The Lilac Festival is in full swing this week, culminating in the Lilac Festival Parade next Sunday afternoon. Stay tuned for all the fun!