Oh my gosh! Here we are – about to leave for our fifth season on Mackinac Island. The Horton household is in a tizzy – I’m packing, taking care of last minute details, and running to Albany for Bear’s grooming and those pesky appointments we girls have to take care of so we look our best. In the middle of that, our kitchen renovation (ongoing since February) has finally come together this week, and Ted is busy tying up all those loose ends. He won’t start packing until Friday, which drives me bonkers, but that’s the way he rolls. What can I say – except I’m jealous of his organizational skills!
Our kitchen in Georgia . . . before.
And after! So excited that it is finished! We’ll only get to enjoy it a few days before we leave, but it will be waiting for us in the fall when we return from Michigan.
I’ve got some great photos friends have shared this week that will give you a little glimpse of what’s to come. On Friday I’ll publish the final Lake Blackshear Blog post here on this site also. That will get all of us on the same page, as we transition over from the ri’vah to Mackinac Island for the season.
Here we go . . .
Island friend Ann Levy was on the Island for the weekend and shared this photograph of beautiful trillium already blooming in the Mackinac woods.
Opening Day at the Grand Hotel!
Grand Hotel horses! That’s veteran Daniel on the left with relative-newcomer Isaiah looking straight at you on the right. (Photo: Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau)
Inside the brand new Grand Hotel stable! I’m thinking these babies feel as though they’ve moved up to the Presidential Suite!
A foggy day at Fort Mackinac. (Photo: Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau)
This photo and the next two are samples of the beautiful artwork that is available at the new Mackinac’s Little Gallery on Market Street. This one is by Alyson Champ . . .
. . . this one by Kevin Barton . . .
. . . and this one by Kimberly Santini. . I cannot wait to get inside this gallery!
Blog reader J.P. Pearson, who visited the Island this past weekend, captured the UPS truck coming to the Island via ferry. After docking, the truck’s contents are unloaded onto a dray, and . . .
. . . deliveries are made all over the Island. My great friend Jill arrived on the Mackinac May 1 and is already busy at work at the Island Bookstore AND sending me photos! Here, the UPS dray makes a rainy day delivery. (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)
Super Moon over Straits of Mackinac. (Photo: J.P. Pearson)
Cyclists enjoy a spring ride down the road in front of Mission Point Resort. (Photo: Jill Sawatski)
Jill ran into Brian outside the Pink Pony, which opens Thursday, May 10. She delivered a message from Brian to Ted, “Hurry and get up here, Ted. You’re missing the opening of your favorite hang-out!”
Blog reader and Geo-cacher Joyce Kozlowski shared this photo of the Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence, which is getting a new roof!
When Joyce Kozlowski and her family pulled into Shepler’s Ferry dock in Mackinac City, they were greeted by a fog-shrouded gateway. I love this photo, which looks – to me – like a watercolor.
Greg Main was at the right place (the boardwalk) at the right time (sundown) this week. He captured everything perfectly – both buoys, Passage light and Round Island light – all blinking at the same time.
That’s all I have for tonight, and I’ve gotta go pack some more. Please join me back here on Friday for the first post of the new season. Excited!