As I’ve said many times on this blog, you have got to get away from Main and Market Streets to see the “real” Mackinac Island. Oh, those two streets are awesome for eating in fine restaurants, shopping in fine stores, spending the night (or nights) in wonderful hotels, inns, and B&B’s, buying groceries, and sipping coffee over pastries. But if you want to get the real flavor of the island (other than fudge and ice cream flavors, of course), you have to step off the beaten path and explore.
I mentioned last week doing a two-day series on the side streets of Mackinac Island. What was I thinking? The island has way too many side streets, paths, and alleyways to cover in two days! So – I’m going to just start, and we’ll see how many days it turns into. And I’m not going to do them on consecutive days – they’ll just pop up every once in a while (wouldn’t want this to sound anything like a schedule – see yesterday’s post)!
When the nature walk with Trish Martin ended on Tuesday, I found myself back on the East Bluff at the top of the set of stairs that leads down to Church Street. I was on my way to Mission Point, so I hiked down the steps and walked down the street with camera clicking.
And that’s Church Street, a little side adventure into the Mission District.
When I mentioned walking to Small Point Inn yesterday to take a photo for a friend in California, I didn’t know I would hear today from another former Mission Point worker who was also familiar with the inn in its previous life. Small Point Inn was a family home that was moved from its site on the Mission Point Resort property many, many years ago – and long before it was converted into an inn. A lady who once lived there asked that I take a picture of her former home with the lilacs blooming, something neither she nor her sister had seen in 46 years. I sent the photos on to her last night by email. The reader who contacted me today asked if I would publish one of the pictures for her, and I gladly do so – in fact, I’ll publish two. Hope these bring back nothing but good memories for my two readers who asked for the photos.