When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. Joyce Brothers
Our beautiful Saturday continued . . .
Blair - photographing that beautiful Monarch butterfly on Monday's post.
Lighthouse - framed by twin trees.
Next stop - the Grand. We walked in through the shade garden . . .
Jason being goofy.
. . . and with Blair on the Grand front porch, after a little shopping inside.
When we rounded the corner of the Grand to walk up the West Bluff road, we came upon one of the Grand's chefs gathering thyme in the herb garden.
Seating for four on the lawn of a West Bluff cottages.
We walked through the turnstile in front of this cottage onto Pontiac Trail, a path Jason and Blair had never been on.
Blair - coming off Whitefield Road into the Village.
We got home just in time to change and catch our reserved taxi out to the Woods. Our kids consider a Woods dinner a family tradition on the Island.
At the Woods during dinner.
Ron, my favorite taxi driver, happened to have just dropped off a carriage full of people at the Woods when we were ready to leave. Lucky us! We didn't have to wait for a taxi! The ride through the woods TO the Woods is all part of the tradition, especially the ride home. It's dark out there, and we can always talk the drivers into telling us Island ghost stories. It was also COLD! We all snuggled under the blue wool blankets that each taxi carries this time of year.
With a 3:30 p.m. flight out of Pellston on Sunday afternoon, we rose Sunday morning, ate fresh donuts from the Carriage Museum next door, dressed warmly, and took off on bikes for a morning ride.
I left the condo a few minutes ahead of the others (because I'm normally playing "catch up"), so I was waiting at the top of the hill at the Village store as Jason, Blair, and Ted rode up.
The trees in the Village are just beginning to blaze with color.
Our first stop was the Mackinac Island airport, which is closed now for renovations. The runways have been excavated, a hump in the middle of one of the runways has been removed, and the whole area is being leveled before it is repaved. Work is ahead of progress!
On the British Landing Road side of the airport is a huge, flashing "X" which means, "If you are an airplane about to attempt landing here . . . DON'T!"
After a ride out to Wawashkamo Golf Club and the new Community Barn, Blair and I started back home . . . .
. . . while Jason went with Ted to check out a cave.
Too soon, Jason and Blair and their luggage were on a taxi going down to the ferry, while Ted and I followed on our bikes.
Ted stayed on the Island while I drove Jason and Blair to the airport. This weekend went way too fast!
MORE WEEKEND PHOTOS FROM BLAIR
Round Island Lighthouse - over the trees.
The Grand - with a "high definition" effect added.
Over the geraniums on the Grand's porch.
Round Island Passage Light - high def again.
Knowing we’ll be seeing Jason and Blair again during Thanksgiving made watching them leave much easier. What fun we had! See you two soon!