I cannot believe that three weeks from today (Monday) – good Lord willing – we will be arriving on Mackinac Island for the season. In some ways it seems like we have been gone for years, and in other ways it seems as if we just left. My trip back in February definitely helped get me through the winter, providing an island “fix” just when I needed it most.
I wrote on my lake blog last week that the urgency to get back to the island is not quite as pressing as it was this time last spring. I lay that to not only the February visit, but also the close ties I’ve had this winter to so many people who winter off the island AND to the people who live on the island year-round. Through phone calls, email and Facebook, we have all stayed connected. On the other side of that, I’ve grown closer this winter to friends at the lake. Spending six months away from home has encouraged me to interact more with our lake family. I guess it’s because I know there ISN’T going to be the whole year to visit and talk – there’s only six months. When the quantity of time spent with friends becomes limited, the quality of that time takes on a whole new importance. The time is fast approaching when the situation will reverse, and phone calls, email and Facebook will keep us connected with lake friends. And hopefully, we’ll be seeing friends and family from this neck of the woods coming north this summer.
But am I getting excited? Oh yeah. These three weeks will whisk by in a flash, and soon we’ll be unloading luggage and boxes at the ferry dock and hitching a ride up the hill to the condo. I’m getting more excited just having written that!
My good friend Jill was on the island for a day and night last week (the stinker). She sent me some photos to post today, and I know you will be excited to see something current. I’ll get to those a little later. First – some other news items.
MACKINAC ISLAND HISTORIC STATE PARKS OPENINGS and OTHER STATE PARK INFORMATION
May 3 – Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City and Historic Mill Creek, just outside of Mackinaw City, open.
May 4 – Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island opens.
May 10 – Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City opens.
July 14 – Grand Opening of the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
Now is a great time to consider becoming an Associate of the Mackinac Island Historic State Parks. For a listing of all the benefits received as an Associate, click here: http://www.mackinacparks.com/Userfiles/File/Benefits-Cost%20of%20Membership.pdf. Also, the Grand Hotel has again offered Mackinac Associates special rates on rooms on selected days. More info on this by calling Diane Dombroski at (231) 436-4100.
Mackinac Island State Historic Parks will once again rent the historic Matthew Geary House on Market Street for the season. The well-maintained cottage is smoke-free and pet-friendly. It contains a kitchen, living room, dining room, sunroom, and four bedrooms: one queen, two with one double, and one with two twin beds. There are also laundry facilities, a deck, and a basement for storing bicycles. June and July are already rented, but May is available for $3,000/month; August $5,000/month; September $4,000/month; and October $3,000/month. Contact Sheryl Baxter at (906) 847-3328 for more information or to rent the home.
FERRY LINE INFORMATION
The Arnold Ferry Line is already running from St. Ignace. Ferry service from Mackinaw City on Arnold begins May 4.
Shepler Ferry Line service begins from Mackinaw City on April 30 and from St. Ignace on May 7.
Star Ferry Line service begins from St. Ignace on April 26 and from Mackinaw City on April 30.
All of the ferry lines offer specials online. Some include parking and tickets to attractions on the island.
P.S. SomeWear on Mackinac is owned and operated by the Jack Armstrong family – the same family who owns the Cannonball Drive Inn at British Landing (the BEST fried dill pickles you EVER put in your mouth!). The Cannonball opens May 9!
Don’t forget the webcams! Just in case you’ve lost these links, here’s where you can click to see the island anytime you like – day or night: http://www.chippewahotel.com/web-cam.cfm or http://www.mackinaclive.com.
PICTURES FROM THE ISLAND
It’s almost time for Jill to move back to the island to work in the Island Bookstore. She sent me some great photos of what was going on while she was there last week:
I’ll be switching over to this blog for the summer on Monday, May 10 – a few days before we head north. I’m planning to do at least three posts per week from the island – maybe more – we’ll see! The lake blog will shut down at that time.
I’ll close with this link to a Smilebox presentation sent by Alice, one of my readers. Alice has a granddaughter who is a Mackinac Island taxi driver, and she visits her often. She’s combined some of my pictures with many of her own and created a wonderful little Mackinac “show”, with beautiful music. Enjoy, and I’ll see you back here next Monday, good Lord willing. God bless.