Whew! After a week full of out-of-the-ordinary activities, we’re finally beginning to get back to normal here at the Horton house. As exciting as the Tweet-Up and the Harlem Globetrotters were, I just have to tell you this old girl is ready for some quieter days – and that’s just what you’re going to get on this Sunday evening – normal, everyday doings on Mackinac Island!
Blake arrived in Pellston late Friday afternoon, and for once I greeted him at the gate without a camera in front of my face. I’ve learned that our grown-up children aren’t nearly as ready to “pose for blog photos” as our grandchildren are, but no worries. I’ll get him between the cross-hairs of the camera lens a few times before the week is up! After getting back on the Island, we went straight from the boat to the Chippewa, stashed Blake’s luggage in the corner of the lobby, and ate dinner upstairs on the outside deck, looking out at the ferries coming and going. After getting up at 3 a.m. in Fort Collins, CO to catch a 6-something a.m. flight out of Denver, and with stopovers in Cincinnati and Detroit, Blake was more than ready to call it an early evening.
Saturday was hot, but during the night the wind started blowing, and by the time we walked down the hill to church this morning, the temperature had dropped, and a sweater felt good. Much more normal for this time of year!
No big stories to tell tonight. We strolled downtown this afternoon with Maddie and Bear to visit 9-year-old Nora Bailey, who broke her arm when she had to jump off her spooked horse last week. After delivering her favorite fudge, we walked back home, and I snapped some shots of the outrageously gorgeous flowers that are blooming now on the Island. With the heat this summer, and with everyone working overtime keeping baskets and gardens and window boxes watered, the flowers are really showing off!
Before we’d gotten down the first hill this afternoon, we ran into Paul and Elaine Williams, blog fans from Yale, MI who visit the Island several times during the summer. They were on the way to our condo because they had a gift for Ted. They said, “Brenda is always getting mentioned and getting little gifts, so we thought it was about time Ted got something!” Out of the bag came this t-shirt from the Yale, MI Bologna Festival. The slogan is . . .
. . . “Full of Bologna and Proud of it!” Ted loved it, and I thought it was perfect for my hubby! Thanks, Paul and Elaine!
Only one little section of the beautiful landscaped gardens at Bay View Inn of Mackinac Island.
The side of the Bay View runs all the way down to the Marina, and behind the Inn are shops and the wonderful J.L. Beanery, which offers breakfast and lunch! Blake loves to sit at the Beanery and work on his laptop when he comes to the Island. Yep – he’s another one who is forever connected to work – regardless of where he is. But working there – right on the water – is pretty nice.
Flower boxes on the Island House porch.
Sign of a wonderfully busy summer – the yacht races are all over, but the marina is still full of boats!
The outside patio at the Chippewa Hotel is always a happening place. This afternoon fan favorite Myk Rise was entertaining – every table was full.
We walked up the boardwalk and met one of the wedding carriages, returning a brand new “Mr. and Mrs.” to town.
What an absolutely gorgeous day on the Island!
Hostas near the Grand Hotel shade garden.
Grand Hotel sunflowers!
The Grand Hotel on this beautiful Sunday.
My big boy – posing in the flower garden.
This is from a couple of weeks ago, but I had to share it with you. This Mackinac Island policeman was running radar – parked behind a garbage can on Cadotte. It’s funny to see it, but it’s also serious. People travel way too fast down Cadotte Hill on bikes – and most are not wearing helmets. Very dangerous!
Just crept into the den and caught Blake off-guard for this one. So much fun having him here!
OK – on Wednesday, we really get back to normal. Mystery Spot, Reader Photographs of the Island, and whatever else might be going on this week on the rock. See you then!