For the Home Folks 9/17/09

It’s 10:30 p.m., and we are just getting in from a lovely dinner at the Grand Hotel with Pat Lanier and her tour group.  This entire blog is dedicated to Pat and a group of the sweetest and liveliest senior citizens I have ever met.  They LOVED the island and The Grand Hotel and had a marvelous time touring and walking and shopping today.  Pat and her co-tour guide brought the 86-member group up from Georgia in motor coaches (two nights on the road).  They spent two nights at the Grand and will continue on tomorrow into the Soo (Sault St. Marie).  Today they went on an island tour in the morning and were free to spend time as they liked for the afternoon.

I stole Pat away from the group at 1 p.m. when they returned to the Carriage Museum at Surrey Hill.  We walked over to our condo so she could see where we live, then went downtown for lunch at the Chippewa.  I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story, with captions.

The first of four carriages carrying the tour group arrives at the Carriage Museum at Surrey Hill on Wednesday morning.

The first of four carriages carrying the tour group arrives at the Carriage Museum at Surrey Hill on Wednesday morning.

 

The couple sitting on the back row are members of our church in Georgia.  We hadn't seen them since May.

The couple sitting on the back row are members of our church in Georgia. We hadn't seen them since May.

 

Pat listening carefully to instructions for her group about what to do next.

Pat listening carefully to instructions for her group about what to do next.

 

About half of the group loaded on a 3-horse hitch carriage waiting to leave for the second part of their tour.

About half of the group loaded on a 3-horse hitch carriage waiting to leave for the second part of their tour.

 

Pat waves goodbye as they leave for Arch Rock, Skull Cave and Fort Mackinac.

Pat waves goodbye as they leave for Arch Rock, Skull Cave, and Fort Mackinac.

 

I stole Pat away from her tour group after they returned to the Carriage Museum.  After lunch at the Chippewa, we started walking down Main Street toward Mission Point Resort.  Like every first time visitor, Pat stopped every two feet to take a picture.

I stole Pat away from her tour group after they returned to the Carriage Museum. After lunch at the Chippewa, we started walking down Main Street toward Mission Point Resort. Like every first time visitor, Pat stopped every two feet to take a picture.

 

In front of the Bay View sign.  Gorgeous flowers still blooming like it is the middle of summer!

In front of the Bay View sign. Gorgeous flowers still blooming like it is the middle of summer!

 

The front porch of the Bay View.  Settle into a wicker rocker and people watch!

The front porch of the Bay View. Makes you want to settle into a wicker rocker and people watch!

 

Pat standing in front of a beautiful Main Street home's welcoming arbor.

Pat standing in front of a beautiful Main Street home's welcoming arbor.

 

A group of artists were painting down by the water in front of Leslie Court Condominiums.

A group of artists were painting down by the water in front of the Leslie Court Condominiums.

 

Sunlight on sparkling water - how wonderful to be able to capture that on canvas.

Sunlight on sparkling water - how wonderful to be able to capture that on canvas.

 

I wonder how many times that lighthouse has been painted and photographed.

I wonder how many times that lighthouse has been painted and photographed.

 

A beautiful willow tree stands in front of a home on the water close to Mission Point.

A beautiful willow tree stands in front of a home on the water close to Mission Point.

 

A shady path between buildings at Mission Point.

A shady path between buildings at Mission Point.

 

This sweet couple were visiting the island in authentic American Revolution-era costumes.  They do this purely for their enjoyment and love traveling around talking about that period in U.S. history.

This sweet couple were visiting the island in authentic American Revolution-era costumes. They do this purely for their enjoyment and love traveling around talking about that period in U.S. history.

 

The Grand portico and geraniums as the sun begins to set.

The Grand portico and geraniums as the sun begins to set.

 

Pat - just before we went into The Grand for dinner.

Pat - just before we went into The Grand for dinner.

I cannot tell you how great it was to see all these fellow Georgians yesterday and today.  We only knew about five of the group, but they were so much fun, and I had such a good time sharing the island and its stories with them.

Pat is already planning a return trip next year when she can stay longer.  We told her the “Horton Hilton” is already booking reservations for next summer, and we would “leave the light on” for her!

So good to see you, Pat!  Safe travels and God bless.

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10 thoughts on “For the Home Folks 9/17/09

  1. Mrs. Lanier looks great!!! I know how you feel about seeing Georgia people. I still get excited when I meet someone in Arkansas that has moved here from Georgia…there is nothing like home!

  2. Home is where the heart is and good friends are what makes the heart what it is. So glad you got to see friends from home. The picture of the portico at dusk is beautiful.

  3. WOW! I love seeing the pictures of Mom! She called me today and told me how much she loved seeing the two of you and spending time with you. Thanks for taking good care of her while she’s away – we miss her!!

    • It was wonderful to see your mom! She looks wonderful, and seems to be having such a good time. Obviously, the joy of her life is her new granddaughter. It is ridiculous that I did not even know you have had a baby. Congratulations! She is beautiful (your mom just happened to have a few pictures to show me)!

  4. What a wonderful way to ‘view’ the Island – through the eyes of a group of Seniors! And you showed her places that people just don’t take photos of! Bennett Hall lawn!! The back of Mission House!! What a wonderful walk you must have taken.

    I want to be a tour guide too!!!

  5. Thanks for the pictures.It was good to see mom and dad having such a great time.Mom and dad are Jane and Jack Bryant. She called me today to tell me to check out the blog. thanks for sharing.

  6. I just love your blog. It’s like I’m on the island everyday!

    I promise I will buy your book, if you decide to publish it!

    Question- Where do all of the year around residents work? I know they all can’t own hotels or stores. Just wondering.

    Thanks and keep writing!

  7. Thanks for sharing the pictures! I have not seen mom since June and she looks amazing! I am so glad that the two of you got to see each other and spend some quality time together. She told me today how wonderful it was to see you. Living in NY, I understand what a good feeling it is to run across someone from the good ole’ south! Take care.

    • Your mother is a beautiful person – inside and out, Lindsay. We had so much fun, and it is nutty that we haven’t kept up with each other better than we have. We promised to remedy that in the future. I still see you as a little girl, and here you are living in New York. Wow! Your mom is so proud of you and looking forward to a visit soon.

      Thank you so much for writing. God bless.

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