The winds have started. Almost a more accurate announcement of Fall than cooler air and changing leaf color, we’ve learned – after five summers on Mackinac – that the arrival of day after day of blustery wind means summer is over and it’s time to unpack the warmer clothes.
After church and lunch today I asked Ted if he’d like to ride downtown with me.
“Why?” he asked with some interest.
“Oh, I’m going to check out the summer sales and maybe shop a little for fall,” I said innocently, knowing full-well that mentioning the “s” word would secure him in his chair.
What I really planned to do was ride around and shoot some photos. When Ted rides with me on those expeditions, it usually turns frustrating for him because I am constantly stopping and starting. When Ted rides, he RIDES!
“You go ahead, sweetie,” he mumbled, picking up the Sunday newspaper and diving behind it. I smiled.
When we went down the hill to church this morning, the winds had been brisk, but not really bad. By afternoon, they had become almost constant and pretty high. I gripped my handlebars so tightly going down Cadotte by the Grand that they turned white, and I wished I’d tied my hair back to keep it out of my eyes.
I turned right on Mahoney, next to the Somewear on Mackinac shop, and rode down to the water.
From there I turned toward the back of the fort, then cut through the state park maintenance area, coming out at the path we take through the woods to Surrey Hill. And guess who I ran into there? It was Ted, Bear and Maddie – out for an afternoon walk!
“Where are all the packages from your shopping trip?” Ted asked.
“Oh, I couldn’t find anything I liked – I’ll try again another day!” I laughed.
And then we all went home together.
Link to the eight-second movie filmed this afternoon at the windy shoreline: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V6ogtTnB-U
Bear wants me to tell you that this afternoon he published his interview with Joe Joe Cocker, the CEO of the Cottage Inn. He hopes you’ll go there now and read all about Joe Joe: http://mackinacislanddogearedpage.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/mr-joe-joe-cocker/