Hello from Georgia! We’ve been home a little over a week, and we’re slowly settling into our “lake house” routine. It seems strange to say “we need milk” and then have to get in the car and drive a few miles to the nearest store, instead of jumping on a bike and riding down the hill to Doud’s Market But, we’re adjusting, and the good thing about that is . . . we don’t have to ride the bike back UP the hill!
The weather here has been absolutely gorgeous – with temps in the high 60’s and low 70’s – and sunny, blue skies. Ted and I are catching up with lake friends and enjoying our sun porch on the water. It’s good to come home to my roots . . . . and to Georgia friends, porch swings, gnats (yes, they’re still here), and a yard already sporting dozens of deep holes Maddie has dug to dispose of all the moles that took over during her absence. Those moles don’t stand a chance now that Madame Terminator is back.
So – what’s been happening on Mackinac Island since we’ve been gone. Quite a lot!
- Leanne Broder, the director of the island Recreation Department, escorted the last of the 4-H horses off the island last week to their winter home in Mackinaw City. Now is the time to think about sponsoring one of these horses for the year. A full year’s sponsorship is $2,500, but they will gladly except any amount donated. Donations cover winter boarding, vet bills, shoeing costs, blankets, feed, supplements, and trailering.
- As mentioned a couple of posts ago, McNally Cottage was in danger of being demolished, and this week it happened – and it happened fast.
The big news just before we left the island was the opening of the Lilac Tree Suites for New Years! Ted and I have tossed around the idea of returning for that holiday, but right now no definite plans have been made. For those of you looking to ring in the New Year on the island (hopefully snow-covered by then), you’ll have several choices for reservations: The Lilac Tree, The Cottage Inn, Pontiac Lodge, Bogan Lane Inn, Harbor Place Studio Suites and Mission Point Resort. Of those, Lilac Tree and Mission Point are only open for that one holiday; the others are open year-round. Year round restaurants are the Mustang Lounge and Cawthorne’s Village Inn, opening under new management December 1.
Two Photos of the Fort by Mary Slevin
There’s a small chance that the island will see it’s first snow of the winter season later this week, but no accumulations are expected with this fast-moving storm. I can just about promise you though that everyone who owns a snowmobile has already gotten them out of storage, tuned them up, and they are sitting on ready! Come on, snow!!
That’s all I have for this week, friends I’ve been saving some wonderful, beautiful, magnificent, awesome photos of Steve Fridley’s to use during these first updates. Here’s three to end this post – the last one is today’s header. Thank you, Steve!
Have a great week, and see you back here on Wednesday, Nov. 16. God bless.