We have a Mystery Spot winner! She is Pam Schuch (she JUST visited the island a couple of weeks ago) from Wauseon, WI! Please see end of post for Mystery Spot answer!
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. . . . John Ruskin
It seems I’ve talked an awful lot about the weather for the last week, but bear with me at least one more day ’cause Monday was a humdinger on the weather scale!
The wind blew hard all day Sunday, and just before bedtime that evening a wind advisory for the following day was posted on The Weather Channel.
Monday morning, as Ted was getting ready to ride down and catch the 9 a.m. ferry and drive to Traverse City to catch a plane to Chicago, gusts were so strong I began to wonder if there would be a ferry to catch. The ferries were running, but later in the day that would not be the case.
Half-way through the morning, Jill rushed in to tell me the main branch of an old chestnut tree had fallen on Main Street and hit a woman riding by on her bike.
The winds continued to get stronger. News filtered in that all three ferry lines had stopped their Mackinaw City service to the Island because the waves were just too turbulent on that route for passengers to be transported safely. Service continued for a while to St. Ignace, and Mackinaw City passengers were shuttled across the bridge to pick up their cars. At the height of the winds (60 mph sustained) – ferries were unable to dock in St. Ignace, and all ferry transportation ceased for a short time.
At one point the Mackinac Bridge Authority posted this notice: Winds are blowing across the bridge in excess of 50 miles per hour. Motorists are being instructed to reduce their speed to 20 miles per hour as they approach the bridge and be prepared to stop. Bridge personnel are stationed at both ends of the structure to provide instructions regarding how and when to proceed across the bridge.
Later in the afternoon only passenger cars and load-free pickup trucks were being allowed to cross the bridge.
It was after 3:30 when I made it home. I did a quick wardrobe change, took Maddie and Bear out, and hunkered down for the rest of the day. When the winds finally shut down around 9 p.m., Facebook was filled with photographs of what had to be one of the windiest days on record for Mackinac in September.
After all that excitement, it was good to wake up this morning and see sunny skies and very little movement in the trees. But I have to confess . . . I LOVED Monday’s weather!
Ted is enjoying his stay in Chicago and will return home by late Wednesday afternoon. I can’t wait to hear all about his trip. He says he’s taking loads of photos so maybe I can share some of those on Friday!
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 . . . .
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