First of all – Thank you, thank you, dear readers for staying with me the last few days, even though you knew I was totally preoccupied with Jason and Blair and their visit. You still came back each day just to check if something had been posted (I know these things-really, I do!), and a couple of days you actually got a few pics!
Second of all – if I tried to write a “post” tonight, it would take you an hour to read it (it’s almost going to take that long anyway), because I have soooo many photos to show you it is ridiculous!
So – it’s pics and captions – kind of like Random Photo Day – only better!
- Jason and Blair arrived at the Pellston airport on Thursday afternoon. Jason’s “little” brother, Blake, who is staying with them in Atlanta while he job hunts, was house and two dogs/one cat sitting for them.
- We arrived on the island to Ted and the “always ready” camera of Jill. We grilled steaks at home Thursday night and stayed up talking. So good to have these two with us!
- Friday dawned a little cloudy and chilly, but on our walk downtown Jason managed to catch the sun’s rays coming through the clouds on Market Street. Great pic with his new Droid (whatever that is).
- Blair and I spent Friday morning hitting the sales at Somewear on Mackinac, Nephew’s, Decked Out, and Nadia’s. We met the guys on the Chippewa Back Patio for lunch, and Blair showed off her finds.
- If you don’t bring something to read to Mackinac Island, you HAVE to stop by the Island Bookstore. Jill was working and helped Blair pick out some winners.
- Then we spent some more time crusing the book racks. How do you like my new hat? I spotted it at Nadia’s, and Blair talked me into buying it. Great for bad hair days!
- Friday night was Grand Hotel night. Jason and Blair had never been there for dinner. We went up to the Cupola for a glass of wine before dinner and the best view of the Straits of Mackinac anywhere.
- I love this photo – just before walking downstairs to the main dining room at the Grand.
- The Mackinac Bridge at dusk – from the Cupola.
- A beautiful night-time view of the Gatehouse Restaurant, the school, and the lighthouses.
Jason and Blair have a Bernese Mountain Dog named Beyla, who Blair was missing Friday night. Bear decided to give her a little lovin' at bedtime.
On Saturday morning, as we were walking to town, we stopped to watch an outdoor Renaissance wedding at the Metivier Inn. The bridge, groom, and their attendants were all dressed in period costumes. Just before the wedding, the bride realized she had forgotten the vows she had written. She ran down the street (literally) to her hotel, grabbed them, and ran back to the Metivier. Only on Mackinac!
Game day at the Pink Pony on Saturday. Boooo - Georgia lost. That's two losses in a row for the Bulldogs - that's not good.
After the game, we walked back home, detouring behind the West Bluff to say hello to McGyver. Saturday night was homemade baked spaghetti, salad, and grilled French bread at the condo. Another great day.
Sunday was an absolutely beautiful, crisp, cool fall day. We started it off with a walk.
It was up at St. Anne's Cemetery that we began to really see the difference in the color of the trees. That "fast change" I predicted has begun.
The first of what will be many, many fall photos to come.
At Lookout Point we met three bikers who had ridden across the Mackinac Bridge that morning. They brought their bikes over to the island on the ferry for a little more peddling before going back home.
An already golden tree.
Jason, taking a photo of Sugar Loaf . . .
. . . which rises above trees being quickly painted by God's paintbrush.
We continued our walk through the woods up to Fort Holmes. This walk from the cemeteries to Lookout Point to Fort Holmes is probably my favorite walk on the whole island.
Bear - running around the raised embankment of dirt at Fort Holmes.
In another week, this tree will be a solid yellow. Can't wait to walk back up to see it.
Jason, Blair, Ted, and Maddie walked down a really rugged trail from Fort Holmes. I chose to take the safer stairs and made Bear come with me. He wasn't happy about being left with the slow poke of the group, but he survived. We met up with them a few minutes later and then walked down Rifle Range Road . . .
. . . coming out at the road that runs behind the Scout Barracks.
These trees are almost to "flame red" - my favorite fall color.
We had walked about two hours, so we headed home for lunch. Then it was back out again - on bikes this time.
We had totally forgotten that Jason and Blair had never been inside the fort, so that was our first stop of the afternoon. This had to be a choice spot to be stationed in the 1800's - except for the winters!
I love taking photos through the gun holes of the fort . . . this one looks out across the Grand Hotel's Jewel Golfcourse to the Straits.
From this one you can see the Iroquois Hotel.
From the height of the fort, we seemed to be very close to the migrating geese . . .
. . . VERY close!
The rooftops of downtown. Have I mentioned lately how much I love this place!
Inside the Kid's Quarters of the fort, Blair had fun trying to become a soldier. She was standing in front of a blue screen, following the instructions of a soldier on a TV monitor in front of her . . .
. . . where she could watch herself try to "do the drill" perfectly.
Inside the fort's museum.
We rode from the fort up to the East Bluff . . .
. . . then on to Robinson's Folly. By this time Jason and Blair were getting pretty tired and pretty silly - I forget what song they were belting out, but it sounded great!
Blair on the woods trail leading up to Robinson's Folly.
From Robinson's Folly to the airport - another 3 miles on the bikes - but just in time to watch an amphibian plane taking off.
For their final dinner on the island, Jason and Blair chose The Woods - they love the 20-minute taxi ride out there, and coming home that's 20 minutes through the pitch black of Mackinac Island woods. Pretty spooky.
The Woods is decorated like a Bavarian hunting lodge, and on the other side of the bar is a bowling alley with one lane where you set up your own pins. The children - of all ages - love it!
Jason - showing off his bowling moves.
. . . and Blair showing off her artistic talents on the paper tablecloth, using the crayons left for the "children".
The four of us in front of the fireplace at The Woods.
How could five days have gone by so fast? Blair, on the ferry going to the airport on Monday afternoon - pouting.
What a wonderful time we had with these two, who love the island more each time they visit. I love showing off this rock on Bree’s Blog, but it is so much more fun to do it in person. And when family and friends come and go back home with a promise to “come back again soon”, it makes Ted and I very, very happy we are here.
Thanks for coming, you two. We love you, and we’ll see you soon back in Georgia!