Three Weeks

Three weeks.

Am I ready?  Yes and no.

Just today the ri’vah ladies planned their Girls Night Out for May, and I realized it’s on the Saturday afternoon before we leave on Sunday morning (sometimes our Girls Night Out becomes Girls Afternoon Out).   Dang it – I just know I’ll be frantically taking care of last minute details, so there’s no way I can go.

And so begins the hard part of having two homes – leaving friends for 6 months at a time.  As usual, we’re hoping some of our river buddies will make the trek north this summer and break up that long interval of missing them – we will keep our fingers crossed on that.

Can you believe it SNOWED on the island this past week – I’m talking several inches.  And it was COLD, but it warmed quickly (if you can call high 30’s warm), and the snow melted within a day or two.

The Grand Hotel opened its doors this past Friday for its first visitors.  That event prompted the official opening of the “soft season” on the island.  The Gate House opened Friday also, as did Goodfellow’s Chophouse, and Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island opens in a week.  Slowly, downtown is coming alive.

I just have a few photos for you tonight and one BIG STORY, so this will be a shorter post than usual.  Ted and I are crazy busy right now – I went to Atlanta for an overnight visit, we had 31 people over for a dinner party last night (Saturday), and we have company coming this next weekend.  After that, we’ll begin two weeks of packing and closing down the lake house.  I can’t believe it’s finally almost time to leave.

Ok – BIG STORY! Are you ready?  Do you remember the story I wrote back in the fall about the new barn that the Mackinac Island Horsemen’s Association was planning and raising money for – you know the one that would house horses for the island 4-H Club horse program and would also have stalls available for rent by private citizens of the island?  Well . . . THEY ARE BUILDING IT!  Julie Rilenge posted several photos yesterday of the barn going up, and I can’t believe how fast it’s moving along.  Once they were able to get lumber to the island by ferry, the project just took off!

The front of the barn, which is being built across the road from Wawashkamo Golf Course.

Back view of barn.

I know the ladies and gents of the Horsemen’s Association are celebrating big time!  Congratulations on the beginning of a long-awaited dream for the island!

Snow on the island this week. This early morning photo was taken by Mary from the Grand as she walked up Cadotte to work. You'll recognize the fountain in the Tea Garden under all that powderpuff white stuff.

As she was stocking her shop this week, Nicole Doud of Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island got this cute photo of Penny. Looks like Penny is thinking, "Ok, I'm kinda backed into a corner here. Which way is out?"

Kellie Lawrence from the Grand took this beautiful shot of sunrise on the island a few days ago . . .

. . . and another early morning shot from Shepler's Ferry - as the first ferry to the island from Mackinaw City leaves the dock.

From Jeri-Lynn Bailey - a freighter slips soundlessly through the cut on a beautiful Easter morning.

That’s all I have for today.  Good Lord willing, I’ll see you all back here next Monday morning – when the time will have dwindled down to 14 days.  God bless.

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11 thoughts on “Three Weeks

  1. What beautiful pictures. The ship passing the docks on such a calm morning was wonderful. Has there been any word on the status of the cameras on Mackinaclive?

  2. The sunrise pictures are beautiful. Thanks to Kellie and Shepler’s for sharing with you and all of us. Watching the ships pass by is always a hit with me and the picture makes wish it were July and our time to be on the island. Thanks for sharing.

  3. That’s so exciting about the barn! Progress is wonderful!

    Please thank Jeri-Lynn for the spectacular Easter picture! I hope she doesn’t mind that I snagged it. I’ve been watching the snow on Main Street (Horn’s webcam) and following the temps – a very slow spring. Hopefully in 21 days it will have gotten truly started!

  4. Beautiful pictures as always. The water looks so calm in the one with the freighter. The barn is going up fast! Looks like alot of work has already gone into it and I’m so glad they were finally able to start it. By the look of it, it won’t take long to finish. I saw the snow on the webcam (need to figure out how to get the live cam to work on a MAC). It did melt pretty fast and there is much more activity on the island lately. Now if we can just get the weather to cooperate! 🙂

  5. Yayy for the new barn! That is such good news! Can’t wait to see what it looks like once it’s done. Beautiful photos-I especially like the early morning shots.
    Wow-a little over 2 weeks! Time sure does fly… I’ve got 21 weeks to go till we head up and I sure hope it goes as fast as this past winter seems to have.

  6. Oh, to be on the island this time of year! OK, any time of year. 🙂
    So exciting about the barn! Seems strange that it’s taken until now to have one. . . .so extra glad that it’s finally happening.

  7. Enjoyed the update on the barn and as always a big “thank you” for the pictures. I see there are a couple Live Cam locations working again….the midtown and bike shop views look like they are back up and running!

  8. Hi Bree! So happy the barn is going up! I love all the pictures also, especially the one of the freighter on Easter morning. Beautiful. Have a wonderful week Bree!

  9. It certainly sounds like the island is “waking up” after a long winter. Great photos, love the sunrise, outstanding! So happy they could start the barn work this year….great news.

  10. Bree,
    I am going to look you up in June! My mother-in-law and I will be staying at the Windermere and again with girlfriends in Oct. staying at the Lilac. Looking forward to meeting you and being on the island again. Going to try and fit one more trip in w/my hubby too. See you soon. Have a safe trip.

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