. . . ’til Next Year 6/18/2010

Cathie and Charlie are leaving this morning (Friday), traveling back to New Orleans after a 10-day visit.  It’s always so much fun having them here, and we can’t believe it’s already time for them to return home.  Cathie is the ultimate Mackinac Island houseguest – she loves everything about the island, is willing to do anything that is suggested, and enjoys herself to the max – whatever she is doing.  Charlie, because of some pesky physical challenges, has some activity limitations, but he is always so gracious and kind, and his sense of humor keeps us laughing the entire visit.  Seeing them enjoy themselves makes both Ted and I so happy.

Since we’re just getting in from having dinner on their last evening, I’m just going to post some random photographs from their visit, so I can get some last minute time in with them.  Enjoy!

Charlie rented an electric scooter one afternoon, and the four of us decided to see if Fort Mackinac and Fort Holmes were within the scooter's reach.

It was a beautiful day for a little stroll to the top of the island.

Lunch at the Tearoom at Fort Mackinac is always a special treat. The view is awesome!

Twin Shepler ferries leave the island - one going to Mackinaw City in the Lower Peninsula, and one heading for St. Ignace in the U.P.

The scooter did just great getting Charlie to the fort, but the big challenge was getting up that last hill to Fort Holmes.

Just before Fort Holmes is Lookout Point. Looking down from this fence, you have a great view of Sugar Loaf.

Charlie - at the top of the island!

Bear and Maddie - looking down over the Straits from the earthern wall around Fort Holmes.

While the four of us were eating dinner one night at Mary's Bistro, "Casper" got off one of the ferries. Wish I could tell you why the friendly little ghost was on the island, but I haven't a clue.

Author Kris Radish was on the island for a luncheon in her honor last week. Cathie and I didn't make the luncheon, but we stopped by the Island Bookstore to meet her later that afternoon. Her latest book is "Hearts on a String".

Line dancers practicing their "Boot Scootin'" on Market Street, as one of the Lilac Festival activities.

Trying to dry Bear off one morning after a walk in the rain with Ted. Charlie's on the couch reading one of the three books he finished while they were here.

Cathie and the little Maddie-girl . . .

. . . and with the Bearster.

Dinner at the Iroquois . . .

. . . Quick! Name one other place where, while you're dining, a freighter passes outside the restaurant window.

Tonight at the Jockey Club.

Man, we hate to see you two leave, and we’re already looking forward to next year!   We love ya’ll!


Jill and I watched 4-year-old Siena today while her mom and dad, Mike and Jeanine, took in the sights from the top of the south tower of the Mackinac Bridge.  They had a blast, and so did we!

While Siena, Jill, and I played . . .



. . . Mike and Jeanine were on top of the Mackinac Bridge!

For a short video of Mike and Jeanine’s trip to the top of the bridge, click here:  http://www.mackinacislandblog.com/video/video/show?id=2322123%3AVideo%3A6399, and for more pictures of their bridge tour, visit Mike’s blog http://www.mackinacislandblog.com.


Hope everyone had a wonderful week and is planning a fun weekend – or a restful one if that is what you’re hankering for!  See you here Saturday and Sunday morning with a few pics, then back on Monday morning for a full-length blog, good Lord willing.  God bless.


10 thoughts on “. . . ’til Next Year 6/18/2010

  1. What a short ten days that was! Just flew by! Thanks for sharing with us.
    Good to know that the scooters will make it to Fort Holmes (and back, yes?!) Never know when that little scrap of information might come in handy!

  2. Quick, I know another place in Michigan where you can watch freighters go by the restaurant window as you eat….and I’ve seen it! Portofino’s restaurant in Wyandotte, Michigan and you can watch the freighters go by on the Detroit River. But, I’d enjoy it much more on Mackinac Island!

  3. Sounds like you had a great time. I loved all the pictures until the one on top of the Mackinac Bridge. That made my heart drop! I dont deal well with heights. Bear certainly looked very handsome in his pink towel! Have a great weekend.

  4. Dinner at the Iroquois – what a great restaurant! Food and service both top notch.

    I’ve recommended it to many people who have heard about our island trips and decided to go themselves!

  5. I can’t believe that C&C are leaving already. It doesn’t seem like they have been there 10 days. My how time flies. I’m glad everyone had a great time visiting. Love these last pictures of their visit especially of Charlie making it to Fort Holmes.
    I have seen that same ghost on the webcam and was wondering what it was too.
    The pictures of Mike and Jeanine on top of the bridge, spectacular view! Not that I could do it, but I’m happy that they got the chance.
    Have a great weekend!

  6. The last ten days HAVE flown by. I’m glad to finally meet C & C in person. Love the photos & especially happy Charlie could enjoy Mackinac with you on the scooter. Have a safe trip home.

  7. Great pictures! I hope your friends have a safe trip back home. Thanks for always sharing you wonderful day with us!!

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