Jeannette Doud, who writes the Mackinac Island column for The Town Crier and The St. Ignace News, said in her column this week “there will probably be a winter storm on the island during St. Patrick’s Day week” – according to Jeannette, it’s almost a “given”. If it comes this year, it will truly be a surprise. I checked out the webcams on the island this weekend, and the snow has simply disappeared. I snapped this picture from the Horn’s Bar webcam at 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening, and as you can see, snowmobiles are out, and bicycles are in. I personally hope Jeannette is right – one more snow before spring!
The 10-day forecast for the island calls for lows in the 30’s and 40’s and high’s in the 50’s. This has been one of the warmest and one of the most snow-free winters islanders have experienced in many years. What makes it even more amazing is that last year’s winter was one of the worst, with the island snowed in from the first week in November through the first part of April. Mother Nature has certainly been confused this year.
With the weather as warm as it is, Arnold Ferry Line will begin operation on Monday, March 15, with the first boat arriving on the island at 8 a.m. Right now the ferry is only running from St. Ignace. Islanders are so excited to have the boat back, even though it will be running on a limited schedule at first.
The Coast Guard icebreaker, Mackinaw, was slowly working its way back and forth last week, cutting through the ice still left in the Straits. With the opening of the Straits, more and more freighters will begin to make their way through the cut, and the Soo Locks are opening four days early this year also.
Mike Forrester, who is almost as big a Mackinac Island fan as I am, sent me this photo this week. He just got his new car tag. Can you guess what the numbers are?
When the Grand Hotel dug up their tulip bulbs last spring, we got a huge sack of the bulbs and gave them to everyone we could think of – even shipped some to Cathie & Charlie in New Orleans and Rho & Buzz in Virginia. Stevie and Dawn took some home with them, and when I rode over to Dawn’s to go walking this week, they were beginning to come up. Mike told me his and Jeanine’s were coming up also in Atlanta and talked about how cool it was that last spring these same bulbs were seen blooming by thousands of tourists on the island.
The header this week is NOT how a typical trail on the island looks right now. I shot that photo on July 4 last summer while walking home from town. I just thought everyone might need a little taste of things to come!
That’s it for now. Have a wonderful week, and good Lord willing, I will see you back here on Monday, March 22. God bless!