I Think I’ll Go Outside a While . . an jus’ smile 9/30/2012

It’s a beautiful mornin’ ahhh
I think I’ll go outside a while
An jus’ smile
Just take in some clean fresh air boy
Ain’t no sense in stayin’ inside
If the weather’s fine an’ you got the time
It’s your chance to wake up and plan another brand new day
Either way
It’s a beautiful mornin’ ahhh  – Rascals

Makes you want to sing along, doesn’t it!

We’ve had three days of beautiful mornings – and days – this weekend, and being outside is all I’ve wanted to do.  I LOVE Fall – wherever I am.  In the South, Fall usually continues past Christmas and New Year’s Day (I’m talking Fall temperatures – the trees lose their leaves before then).  Winter (meaning we might throw on a fleece layer over a long-sleeve cotton shirt) usually arrives sometime in January.  So, even though we’ll leave here after the beautifully-colored leaves have probably all been blown from the trees, we’ll arrive in Georgia in time for another Fall that could last two more months.  We are so blessed.

The ri’vah is calling me more strongly each day.  We’ve been gone a long time now, and I’m yearning to see family and our sweet friends and to sit on the sun porch, coffee mug in hand, and watch the birds at their feeder and the lake shimmering with sunlight.

But that’s five weeks away, and right now I’m planning on enjoying Fall on Mackinac in all its brilliant glory.

So much to talk about from the Island, but first . . . .

Ted’s Trip to Chicago and the 39th Ryder Cup

Ted was invited along on the trip with a group of guys he’s gotten to know well since we made Mackinac our summer home.

The group drove to Traverse City and flew to Chicago on a charter. Now I ask you – does this group look like they could have fun or what!

Beautiful homes they passed on the way to their hotel.

Along Lake Michigan, with the Chicago skyline in the background.  Ted loved the biking, walking and running trails, but said there was no time in their schedule for exercising.  Uh huh.

View from the 40th floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, where they stayed the first night.

On Tuesday, they attended the first practice round of the Ryder Cup and the Pro-Am Celebrity Tournament.

Some of the celebrities they spotted playing were Michael Phelps, George Lopez, Bill Murray and Justin Timberlake (sorry, no close-ups).

The 17th hole. Golfers they watched practice were Phil Mickleson, Bubba Watson (go Georgia!) and Zack Johnson.

After a full day at the golf course, one of the guys gets in a little power nap on the train.

Since Ted had never been to Chicago, the guys took him to the Trump Tower Terrace bar, where you can look down the Chicago River to Lake Michigan.  What an unbelievable view!   They ate at Gibson’s Steak House on Monday night and at Topo Giogio’s Italian Restaurant in Old Town Tuesday evening.

Night in Chicago.

View of Lake Michigan Wednesday morning from the Embassy Suite.

In the Tribune Tower (home of the Chicago Tribune) there is a tangible piece of history from each of the 50 states embedded into the building. Ted found Michigan’s block, which held a bit of Fort Brady from Sault Ste. Marie.

The guys flew into Traverse City early Wednesday afternoon, drove to Mackinaw City and caught the 4:30 ferry to the Island.  I didn’t get to hear much about the trip until Thursday morning ’cause Ted went straight to sleep in his recliner after dinner.  What a great trip for everyone!

Fire Drill

The Mackinac Island Fire Department is one of the best-trained group of firefighters anywhere – they practice and drill constantly.  On Thursday evening our Fire Department conducted a training event at British Landing Dock, with the help of SEMCO energy.  The training involved burning propane tanks ranging from the “grill” sized tanks to the “home heating” style tanks, which are becoming more prevalent on the Island. 

Battling the flames are Assistant Fire Chief Jason St. Onge, Harold Jonas, Travis Vartanian and Ben Mosley.  The flames were visible from St. Ignace.  (Photo credit:  Dan Seeley)

Preparing to take care of their equipment, after the fire was out.  The lights of St. Ignace are visible across the lake.  (Photo Credit:  Dan Seeley)

The Weekend in Photographs

Friday morning’s sunrise. (Photo Credit: Patrick Conlon)

Maddie thought it was a good day to sleep in the sun (a fluffy fleece blanket only made it better)!

Jill and I hopped a ferry Friday afternoon for St. Ignace and hair appointments. All I did was get my boring gray covered, but Jill went crazy with a PINK streak!

Jeremy’s reaction to Jill’s PINK streak! Not to worry, by Sunday morning, she had washed it out.

A sign of the season. Our recent cold snap was hurtful to some of our beautiful summer flower baskets. These from Main Street Inn & Suites came down this weekend.

More Fall signs – the shops are decorated for Autumn. These mums and scarecrows are outside of Decked Out.

Little Luxuries has some great Halloween goodies. Hey! That pumpkin matches my backpack!

Ted and I popped in at Ella & Ivy’s in time to wish Anne’s mom a Happy 90th Birthday!  She had flown up from Florida to spend the week with Anne and commented it quite a bit chillier in Michigan!  What a sweet and beautiful lady.

Steven Kopacki closed his gallery at 6pm Saturday evening and took a fall hike to Fort Holmes where he took this picture. It was taken at dusk, no flash, no tripod, looking southeast, full moon and fall color. Did you see the freighter in the moon reflection in the water. Steven’s gallery is offering 20 to 30% off on canvases and prints thru Oct 14th: www.photosbyblair.com

The peacefulness and beauty of the water near Mission Point Resort on Sunday morning promised another wonderful day outside! (Photo credit: Mary McGuire)

Late this afternoon Ted and I decided to take the pups up to Lookout Point. The trees at the Carriage Museum are turning more golden each day, and Wednesday is the last day they will be open – no more doughnuts till next year!

One of my favorite trees at the back entrance of the Carriage Museum (that’s the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Exhibit over the dropoff there).

All paths to Lookout Point lead first through the cemeteries.  Today was a wonderful day for a Drive-it-Yourself buggy ride!

The trees at the cemeteries had much more color than Surrey Hill – just 1/2 mile away.

A canopy of gold.

The view from Lookout Point out to Lake Huron – so much change from when Ted was up here a week ago!

Lots of summer picnics have been enjoyed under this little shelter at Lookout Point!

The road not taken – at least not today. Next week we’ll go through here to Ft. Holmes.

We had started our walk late and then stopped to talk with several folks along the way. It was WAY past Maddie and Bear’s dinner time . . . .

“I wonder if this leads to Afternoon Snack Trail?”

Last wood path before home . . . what an awesome weekend!

I left out a very important part of Saturday.  A group of visually impaired children and teenagers visited the Island this weekend, and one of the highlights of their trip was a visit to Jack’s Livery Stable, where they were introduced to all things horse – including a ride!  I was so excited to be  invited to come with my camera, and I’ll have that story for you Wednesday.

The days will begin to fly by now, and I’m hoping I can give those of you who can’t come for Fall a real sense of what Mackinac is like during this season.  It’s a wonderful time to be here – maybe some photo will convince you to plan a trip in the next few weeks . . . everyone is offering specials!  And if not a photograph, what about a little movie – taken Saturday afternoon on my way home:  http://youtu.be/_RWwwSVYHRg

See you Wednesday!


15 thoughts on “I Think I’ll Go Outside a While . . an jus’ smile 9/30/2012

  1. Beautiful pictures as always Bree, but can you please slow down the changes a little? We’d like some color left when we get there next week for our fall visit. Viewing your photos since our last visit has us all primed head north.

  2. We spent the day on the island on Saturday and it could not have been a more perfect day. I think I saw you walking Bear by your house at one point but, I thought it might be a bit stalker-ish to bother you and say hello.
    I will have a reader submitted photo to you soon! 🙂

  3. Wow Brenda! The first picture you showed of the Chicago brownstones is literally a half a block from my home. Looks like Ted had a great time in Chicago. Mackinac Island looks beautiful. I am suppose to go up to the Island later this week, but the weather looks cold and rainy. I see a little snow in the reports. Should of gone last week when the weather was perfect. Oh well,even rainy days on the Island are great.

  4. Ted got some great pictures of Chicago! I’m so glad he enjoyed himself and got to see a little bit of what Chicago is like. Love the colors that are happening on the island. I remember a tree in the post cemetery that changes to such a beautiful yellow/orange and when the sun is shining on it, it just glows. Can’t believe you will be heading to Georgia in a few more weeks, but at least you will still be able to enjoy warm weather, unlike most of us here.
    By the way, I LOVE the pink streak in Jills hair and of course Jeremys reaction is GREAT! LoL.

  5. Fabulous pictures Bree! Thank you! I often wonder what the significance of ‘Morning Snack Trail’ is. Perhaps it is a reminder to feed the pups in our lives.

  6. The island is looking good in her fall colors as usual. Love the video-I could listen to the sound of horse hooves clip clopping on the road all day. Jill’s pink streak looks awesome!

  7. Ted, thanks for taking all of us bloggers along on your tipr to Chicago. You took great pictures! I didn’t realize this was your first trip to Chicago. It is a fun city!

    Brenda, the fall pictures are amazing. I especially love the picture of your Bear in front of the Morning Snack trail sign! Take care and I look forward to reading about the visually impaired children’s visit on Wednesday.

  8. Enjoyed the photos, the Chicago color, the hair color!, the fall color on the Island, and ALWAYS enjoy BEAR, who I hope and trust got his snack. What a trip for Ted, but we were sure disappointed as the American lead went to ZIP.

  9. Brenda,

    Ted took some really good pictures while he was in Chicago. I’m glad he had a good time.

    I hate to find any fault with your blog, especially because I think it’s the best one I’ve ever seen, but I think you moved Fort Brady from The Soo to Saint Ignace. As much as Saint Ignace probably appreciates your generosity, I imagine The Soo would like to have it back.

    Thank you for the “clip clopping” video. Such a memory!

  10. I’m so glad that Ted enjoyed our fair city. We are currently enjoying your island. We arrived on Monday too late to see you at the Murray House. We have packed in the sites and bike riding while the weather is good. Boy was it foggy this morning though. The best color on the island we’ve seen so far is up at the airport and around the Wawashkamo Golf Course. Maybe we’ll run into you or Ted yet. We did go watch our Bears Monday night at the Pink Pony. I have found the shuttering up of the cottages to be an enormous task and I’ve been amazed at the lengths that they go to. We’ve been along both the East and West Bluffs to see the workers.

    • Hi Susan! Colors are definitely peaking this week – have you been up to Lookout Point and Ft. Holmes? Really pretty up there. And the Village is gorgeous! If ya’ll are still here on Monday, I’ll be working at the STUART House from 10-2 (unless they decide to shut it down). Ted and I both will be off-island today. Enjoy your time here – have you heard it’s going to get really cold this weekend?

      • I am ready for the cold too this weekend! I hope you were doing something fun today – it sure was nice out! We did 18 holes at Mission Point 🙂 and soaked in the sun. We leave on Saturday. I plan on doing the Tunnel of Trees on the way home. We stopped by today to catch Ted on his day at the Information Building. Ooops! Rob claimed he heard someone say “Hi Bree” about 5:30 when were on our way back to Mission Point. I was already up the hill though and you know, you never go back down unless it’s an emergency 🙂

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