Don’t you love it when a plan comes together. All day long yesterday I tried to find Mike Rowe and his Dirty Jobs film crew. All day long I failed, even with the help of Jill and others trying to get me to him. I just gave up last night and posted other people’s pictures of him on the island.
BUT – I awoke this morning with a text message “tip” on my phone. Mike and his crew were headed for the ferry at 9 a.m. I was still in my p.j.’s, and hadn’t even had a cup of coffee yet. No way I could make it to the ferry. I just sighed and poured my coffee. Thirty minutes later – another text message. Mike and his crew were going to be on a 10 p.m. ferry instead. I had just started on cup of coffee #2 and STILL was in my p.j.’s. I thought about it longer than before, but ultimately just sighed again and curled up with a book.
At 10:05, another text message. Mike Rowe himself was in a taxi going to the airport – leaving the island at 10:30. I looked at Ted. “I gotta go!” I said. “Please come with me!”
Ted and I flew down the stairs (I did change out of my p.j.’s), jerked off the bike covers, unlocked them, and went barreling through the village and the woods toward the airport. We pulled up, noted that the taxi hadn’t arrived, parked the bikes, and went inside.
Dennis Bradley, the Assistant Airport Manager, was in his office talking with another gentleman. He got up when we came in (we know Dennis from the village, and I had been out there a couple of weeks ago taking pictures of the big plane), and said, “Well, hi! What can I help you with this morning?”
“We heard through the grapevine that you had a celebrity leaving the airport this morning,” I said.
Dennis grinned. “Oh, you mean Mike Rowe?”
“Yes, that’s who I mean!”
“Yep, he’s taking off at 10:40.”
“Just trying to get a picture of him for the blog,” I said.
It’s now 10:29. The plane coming for Mike has not arrived yet from St. Ignace, and the taxi bringing him hasn’t arrived either. We talked about island things for a minute or two, and I asked about the checkerboard table in the middle of the airport terminal. Dennis said the kids love it when they’re waiting around, and so do the pilots!
A few seconds later, we heard the sound of horses trotting up the road and soon they came into sight. When they pulled under the airport porch, I could see Mike, Mary Maguire Slevin (Director of the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau), and another couple on the taxi. We watched as Mike and Mary climbed down, and Mike grabbed his bags out of the taxi.
Now here’s where my years as Public Information Director for a large school system in Georgia paid off. I am used to walking around with my camera in a room full of people who, other than me, are sitting down paying attention to whatever is going on. It was my job to get the story and the picture, so shyness is not a good trait to have in that position.
I walked right out that door, walked up to Mike Rowe with my hand outstretched, and said, “Hi, Mike! I’m Brenda Horton, and I write a blog on the island. Could I get a picture with you?”
He took my hand, shook it, and smiled. Mary (who I had never met), said, “Would you like for me to take the picture?” (Thank you, Mary!)
We all walked inside and Ted, Mike, Mary, Dennis and I stood around chatting for about five minutes until Mike’s plane landed. Mary asked me to take a picture of her, Mike and Dennis, which I did.
The plane arrived, and everyone walked outside. Mary and Mike boarded and took off for St. Ignace. Dirty Jobs had left the island, and my mission, which had begun to seem impossible, had been accomplished – thanks to quite a few “tipsters” who helped me out.
Ted and I rode on up to Lookout Point to take the second photograph of the Sugar Loaf series on the fall leaves. I had snapped the first one on September 15 (first picture below). There is a definite difference in the shade of the leaves, but still no significant color change (second picture below). There ARE leaves that are changing elsewhere, however, and next week I will have lots of those to show you.
I’m taking off tomorrow night, to have dinner downtown with Ted and then watch the Georgia vs. Arkansas game with him at the Pony. Go Dawgs!
Some previews for next week: A walk in the woods to look at fall colors, an update on the Mr. Kitty Project (see https://bree1972.wordpress.com/2009/08/19/the-mr-kitty-projectevening-walks-82009), possibly A Day in the Life of a Mackinac Island Baker, a beautiful ride along the lakeshore with a look at some mysterious rock formations, a peek at another landmark we had never seen . . . . . . and that’s just what I know about tonight! You can bet there will be more by the time Monday rolls around.
See you Monday morning, good Lord willing! God bless.