We have a Mystery Spot winner! She is Mariann Arendsen from Zeeland, MI! Please see end of this post for the correct answer!
Autumn is the mellower season . . . . Samuel Butler
When the noon siren blew today, I glanced at the thermometer, and it read 48 degrees. It finally inched its way into the low 50’s this afternoon, and the rest of the week calls for more of the same. We haven’t seen our first 30-something morning yet, but I have a feeling it could be soon. So – I have plans to spend one morning or one afternoon this week pulling out sweaters, sweat shirts, rain gear, overcoats, gloves, neck wraps, and earmuffs and packing away sleeveless blouses, flip-flops and shorts. That’s another thing we’ve learned about the U.P. When Fall walks in the door, it doesn’t change its mind and walk back out a few days later It is here to stay – so get prepared!
Ted took the dogs for a good, long walk up to Lookout Point and Ft. Holmes Monday and while he was there, grabbed some photos from as high up on the Island as you can go.
From the Lookout, it’s easy to see that the hardwood trees are just on the verge of turning gold. Did you spot the private tour carriage at the base of Sugar Loaf?
Here’s a closer view!
Bear enjoyed the wind at the top of the Island – Ft. Holmes.
What a view! We’ll try to walk back up there in a week or so to check out how things have changed with the trees.
Downtown there are images of Fall everywhere – like those two baskets of bright yellow mums sitting on the fence posts at the Windermere Hotel.
It’s been normal over the last week to see rain out over the Straits . . .
. . . dark clouds over the Grand Hotel . . .
. . . and on Monday – while I was working at the Stuart House – rain!
Fall continues to bring Bree’s Blog readers to the Island, and several stopped by on Monday – like Jeff and Jacob from Garden City, MI (we had to stand inside because of the rain) . . .
. . . Mary, daughter Rory, and Goldendoodle McNally (husband and dad David took the photo) from Houston, TX . . .
. . . and Joyce, Al and Muriel from Indiana. This family loves to Geo-Cache . . .
. . . and next summer, good Lord willing, maybe we’ll do a blog story about their adventures while they’re here on one of their “expeditions”!
Thanks also to Cathy Cislak from Indianapolis (didn’t get a photo, darn it) who dropped by to leave some doggie treats for Bear and Maddie, which they wanted me to thank you for, Cathy! Bear said, “Could she come to the Island more often, please!”
Rebecca Bruner photographed the Round Island Lighthouse on August 9, 2012, near the spot where her wedding was held on August 12 at Windermere Point.
Jennifer Gilbert. Jennifer was here in June working on an article about families visiting Mackinac Island for www.southshoreparent.com. She stayed at the Island House Hotel and loved this window (and the view) from the sitting room inside the hotel.
Craig Wicks – Roanoke, Virginia. This photo is from Criag’s visit in 2001 and shows the Shepler Ferry dock at sunrise.
Fran from Florida. Fran visited the Island with her two boys, and this photo shows one of them, at the garden on French Lane, trying to find all the Seek & Find items.
Neil Heineka – Benson, Illinois. Neil and his wife Erica have been coming to the Island for 10 years, beginning shortly after their marriage. They hope one day to summer here. Now they bring their two daughters and stay at Stone Cliffe, where the girls can play on the wide lawn, and they enjoy music on the portico and the marvelous views.
Lori Henes. Lori and her husband planned a vow renewal ceremony for Labor Day weekend – just the two of them. But her husband had other ideas. He contacted all their children and her mom and dad. On Sunday, the day of their vow renewal, the family surprised Lori and attended the service. This photo is Lori’s of the Grand Hotel flowers.
The object of the Mystery Spot is to be the first to identify where the object is located. When you think you have the answer, email me at email@example.com. I’ll check my email several times a day, and as soon as we have a winner, I’ll post the winner’s name at the top of this blog so you can stop guessing (you may have to refresh your page for this to show up). Is there a prize for the winner? Yes there is; but the prize is secret, and the only ones who will know what it is are the winners. To be fair, I’m asking residents of Mackinac Island to please NOT guess. This is just for readers who don’t live here . . . but would like to! And the Mystery Spot is . . . .
Something a little different – not WHERE is it, but WHAT is it?
Again, please email your answers to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. PLEASE DO NOT ANSWER IN THE “COMMENTS” SECTION OF THE BLOG. Remember, I’ll post the winner at the top of this blog as soon as someone gives the correct answer.
That’s all for tonight. I’ll see you back here on Thursday night or Friday morning! Stay warm!
MYSTERY SPOT ANSWER
The Mystery Spot is the lantern on a Grand Hotel carriage. So many readers guessed correctly that it was a “lantern on a carriage”, but I needed to know “which” carriage.