I had one of those rare days on Thursday – I didn’t have a blog planned! Usually, in my mind, I have blogs half-way written three or four days in advance. But Thursday – nothing was coming.
I know Friday is usually random picture day, but because I had been out of town on Tuesday, and because it had been so hot all week, I just didn’t get out like I usually do and “randomly” snap pictures (hard to focus through all that “dew” in my eyes).
Around 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon I rode downtown to pay our taxes. Boy – that’s a downer! But, I took care of that little task, then rode over to see if anything interesting was happening with Ted at the Visitor’s Center. Nope – nothing there. As I was passing the post office, I saw Hershey (Frankie’s Chocolate Lab) tied to the bench in front of the building. There was a family standing in the street talking about Hershey, wondering who she belonged to and if someone had abandoned her – I think they were ready to take her home on the spot! I stopped my bike next to Hershey and told the family they’d have to fight the whole island to take Hershey away from Frankie – that dog is Queen-Bee of downtown! We chatted a moment, and Frankie came out of the post office and joined the conversation. After the family left, she and I talked a few minutes, and I shared my sad song about my lack of a blog idea. Then I looked across the street.
The pretty little Lilac House Bed & Breakfast was just sitting there like an invitation. “Come take my picture!” it seemed to say, “You’ve never once turned your camera toward me!”
The lightbulb above my head switched to the “on” position. What about a blog about the B & B’s of Market Street!
So – that’s what you get today, along with random shots I took on the way home Thursday afternoon and a few other surprises. Everything worked out just fine – but I knew it would. All you have to do to get inspired on Mackinac Island is walk out the door and experience it!
I left my bike at the post office and walked down to the south corner of Market and Fort Streets to photograph the Market Street Inn. This is another B & B I’ve never gone into, but the outside speaks volumes for the owners.
A few steps west is the Cottage Inn, where Mike, Jill, Dawn and I stayed in February for Winter Festival.
Back at the post office, I retrieved my bike and rode to the other end of Market Street, where I parked against the curb and turned my camera toward Metivier Inn.
A few more steps toward the corner of Cadotte Avenue and Market Street finds you at Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast.
I made the turn up Cadotte and stopped along the way to shoot photos of whatever caught my eye. I see the streets of Mackinac Island every day, and every day I see something new and beautiful and exciting. The Island is never boring, it is never dull, and it never disappoints.
When Ted and I were at the Grand last weekend for the Medical Center Auction, I popped into the Ladies Room on the way to the dinner. I heard Ted outside talking to someone and heard him say, “She’ll be here in a minute.” When I came out, Ted was talking with a lady who introduced herself as Joan. She had been sitting with friends as we walked down the hallway and recognized me immediately as “Bree”. When I was writing the blog from Georgia this winter, there was a post in which I asked readers to send in photos of their pets. Joan had sent a picture of Abby, her beautiful Abyssinian cat, and Abby and Maddie became “pawpals” over the winter. Joan stopped by the Stuart House on Wednesday, and we kidnapped a visitor long enough to snap a photo of us.
Any of you who read the comments of this blog know that a lady named Hilde comments every day – and usually she is the first commenter each day. I look forward to Hilde’s words, and if she didn’t say something one day, I would probably call 911 and ask them to check on her – she’s that dependable! Hilde and her husband Bud were on the Island all this week, and I’ve seen them several times. They also came by the Stuart House (a sure thing if you want to catch me – I’m there every Wednesday from 10-2). These two are Mackinac Island enthusiasts of the first degree. They love everything about this rock and are marking trails off on their map as they hike them – just like Ted and I used to do.
Hilde posted these two photos on her Facebook page, and I asked if I could use them. They are two of the most beautiful island sunset photos I’ve ever seen. Thanks, Hilde!
It’s Labor Day weekend, and I can’t believe summer is almost over. The Labor Day Bridge Walk is Monday – Ted plans to walk it again – I don’t think I will, but you never know! Please be careful and have fun over the holiday, and please keep our East Coast friends in your prayers, as they deal with the affects of Hurricane Earl. I’ll see you back here on Tuesday morning (I’m taking a long weekend/mini-vacation from blogging), good Lord willing. God bless.