A Winter Saturday on Mackinac Island 1/15/2013

Having logged almost 5500 miles in the first two weeks of January, I’m already feeling pretty darn well-traveled in 2013!  The trip north to see Chris Ann was more special than I could have ever imagined, and the trip to see Blake was just pure fun. I do believe though, dear friends, I’m going to stay put now for a little while!

As promised, below are some of the photos from our trip over to Mackinac Island a couple of weekends ago.  It was a fast visit!  We caught the 11:30 a.m. ferry over and the 4 p.m. ferry back.  If we’d missed the 4 o’clock ferry, we would have been stranded until Monday (no Sunday ferry service), unless we’d caught the little plane back to St. Ignace.  But hey, stranded on Mackinac Island . . . how horrible could that have been!

The Island looked pretty frozen from the ferry.  The white of the majority of the buildings downtown blended into the white of several inches of snow.  It looked cold, but it sure looked beautiful!

The Island looked pretty frozen from the ferry. The white color of the majority of the buildings downtown blended into the white of several inches of snow. It looked cold, but it sure looked beautiful!

Our little group

Our little group – Orietta Barquero and Joan Barch (year-round Islanders) and Sue, Terry and Patrick Conlon.  Jill was the photographer.

George was waiting in his taxi for some riders into the Village.  I just had to climb up and get a hug!

George was waiting in his taxi for some riders to the Village. I just had to climb up and get a hug!

Main Street

Main Street.  Still quite a bit of snow left over from the right-before-Christmas snow storm . . .

. . . . this bike looks like it was left on the street the night before the snow hit!

. . . . and this bike looked like it was left on the street the night before the snow hit!

Lunch at Cawthorne's Village Inn, where we were joined by Jeff Peterson.  Jody Chambers, an Island friend, was our server.

Lunch at Cawthorne’s Village Inn, where we were joined by friend Jeff Peterson, a summer resident who happened to be visiting that weekend. Jody Chambers, an Island friend, was our server.

Loved seeing our village neighbors, Gabe, Matthew and Kaylee, at the Village Inn.

I loved seeing our village neighbors, Kaylee, Matthew and Gabe, at the Village Inn.  Kaylee and Matthew’s first question . “Where’s Bear and Maddie?”

The plan was for Orietta and Joan to ride us around exploring on their snowmobiles.  Patrick was going to ride with Jeff, and Sue and Terry wanted to just explore on foot.

The plan was for Orietta and Joan to drive their snowmobiles, with Jill and I riding behind. Patrick was going to ride with Jeff, and Sue and Terry wanted to just explore on foot.

Off we go - up Cadotte toward the Grand.  You can sure cover a lot of ground quickly on a snowmobile!

Off we go – up Cadotte toward the Grand. You can sure cover a lot of ground quickly on a snowmobile!

Looks  like the ice cream parlor that is replacing Martha's Garden at the Grand is coming right along.  Mmmmm . . . Ted is planning on consuming a lot of Jersey Muds this summer!

Behind those  tarps is the ice cream parlor that is replacing Martha’s Garden at the Grand. Mmmmm . . . Ted is sure looking forward to those Jersey Muds this summer!

Construction is going on in the spot once occupied by the Grand Hotel stable.  Right now employee housing for Grand staff is being built, but later on another Masco Cottage-type accommodation will probably fill this space.

Construction is going on in the spot once occupied by the Grand Hotel stable. Right now more employee housing for Grand staff is being built, but later on another Masco Cottage-type accommodation will probably fill this space.

Approaching the airport, we arrived just in time . . .

Approaching the airport, we arrived just in time . . .

. . . to watch the little shuttle plane from St. Ignace land.

. . . to watch the little shuttle plane from St. Ignace land.

Orietta, who is from Costa Rica, is relatively new to snowmobiling.  Here she is making a tight turn out of Joan's front yard.

Orietta, who is from Costa Rica, is relatively new to snowmobiling. Here she is making a tight turn out of Joan’s front yard.

British Landing, with ice along the shore, the Mackinac Bridge in the background, and me layered up to barely-able-to-move status.

British Landing, with ice along the shore, the Mackinac Bridge in the background, and me layered up to barely-able-to-move status.

Loved Joan's boots!

Loved Joan’s boots!  When they were half-covered with snow, it looked as though Joan’s feet had melted :)!

One of the many St. Anne's Cemetery gates . . .

One of many St. Anne’s Cemetery gates . . .

. . . and the Fort Cemetery, covered in white.

. . . and the Fort Cemetery, covered in white.

We kinda trespassed into the fort.  Well, there weren't any "no trepassing" signs, but the gate had a chain across it with a sign stating "closed".  We'll settle up this summer with the State Park for our winter visit :).

No activity on the parade grounds during January!  We kinda trespassed into the fort, although there weren’t any “no trepassing” signs.  The gate had a chain across it though, with a sign stating “closed”. We’ll settle up with the State Park this summer for our winter visit :).

It's so different looking down into town during the winter. Very little color is visible (especially on gray days). If the sun had been shining, the water would have been a brilliant blue.

It’s so different looking down into town during the winter. Very little color is visible (especially on gray days). If the sun had been shining, the water would have been a brilliant blue.

The Jewel Golf Course

The Jewel Golf Course was snow-covered, and golf balls would have bounced off the water-hazards, which were frozen solid.

It's a little eerie walking through the fort when there are no crowds . . .

It’s a little eerie walking through the fort when there are no crowds . . .

ffff

and from this vantage point, the Mission District also looked deserted.

Comparing photos.

Checking out the photos.

We stopped at the Grand to check our time and chat a few minutes . . .

We stopped at the Grand to check our time and chat a few minutes . . .

. . . then headed down Cadotte into town.

. . . then headed down Cadotte into town.

Main Street was lined with snowmobiles.  Many islanders had gone off on the ferry that morning and would be returning at 4 p.m. - the same boat we would take back to the mainland.  The Saturday ferry is always busy because there is no Sunday ferry at all.

Main Street was lined with snowmobiles. Many islanders had gone off on the ferry that morning and would be returning at 4 p.m. – the same boat we would take back to the mainland. The Saturday ferry is always busy because of the “no Sunday ferry” regulation.

Too soon it was time to get on board and begin out trip back to St. Ignace.

Too soon it was time to get on board and begin out trip back to St. Ignace.

Many thanks, Joan and Orietta, for making our afternoon on the Island so much fun!

Many thanks, Joan and Orietta, for making our afternoon on the Island so much fun!

I’m planning to get back on schedule every Sunday with the Mackinac Island Winter Update – now that my travels are over for a while.  See you back here on Sunday, January 20 with the latest Island news! 

God bless.

Chris Ann Update

Chris Ann and Burton’s two sons, two daughters and several grandchildren (from Michigan, Florida and Oregon) are with them now at their cottage in Mackinaw City.  Chris Ann went to see the movie Lincoln a couple of days ago and has gone out to eat a couple of nights.  She continues to amaze and inspire us all.

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21 thoughts on “A Winter Saturday on Mackinac Island 1/15/2013

  1. You look like you had fun. The pics are great. Is that using your new camera? Why is there, no Sunday service for the ferrys. Must have missed something.
    What a busy Jan. you have had. Enjoy the warmth of home.

    • Yes, Chris – new camera – I’m still working hard to figure it out. The “no Sunday ferry service” was part of the contract worked out between Arnold Ferry Line (who has the winter passenger service) and the city.

  2. Wonderful pictures! I spent a couple of hours on the Island the first weekend in Dec. It would of been great to get around with a snowmobile. The time went by way to quickly before I had to catch the last ferry. I was secretly wishing I would miss it. Can’t wait to get back. Love and prayers go out to Chris Ann!

    • Lora – the garden shop is being moved inside the Grand – just inside the east door entrance (the door closest to where Martha’s was before).

      • I am so glad. Next time I stay at the Grand, I am sending myself some flowers. Her arrangements are so beautiful.

  3. Miss the ferry and get stuck on the island till Monday…hmmm…no brainer for me lol. You certainly have had a busy start to the new year, sounds like you could use a little down time and some hot tea. 🙂 Hope your feeling better. Love the pictures and I won’t tell anyone about the visit to the fort. It will be our secret. 😉

  4. Enjoyed your winter photos of my favorite place in the world. We want to spend a Christmas holiday there someday. Love the community feel. Your photos help me stay connected. Thank you!

  5. Great pictures Bree! You sure have been a busy traveler! I am so happy that Chris Ann is getting around and she sure is an amazing lady!

  6. Wonderful photos! I thought that you might of stopped by your condo and taken a quick photo of the place in the wintertime.

    Glad to hear about Chris Ann.

    Can’t wait to hear about your trip to see Blake.

  7. Bree,
    Thank you so much for taking the pictures and keeping us updated on the Island. You are the next best thing to being there. Your time and dedication is greatly appreciated by those who are not able to experience the island as much as we would like to. Your updates on Chris Ann makes me feel as though I know her personally and Tony and I will continue to pray for her. God bless you for all you do.
    Tony and Barbara Hill

  8. Sure was fun to see the island in winter. Especially liked the inside look at the fort with snow. And thanks for the update on Chris Ann. I’ve been thinking about her daily since I read your previous post. What a beautiful woman. Glad she went to see Lincoln. Great movie. And time with her family doing fun things…extra special.

  9. Just lovely to see the “white island”. How beautiful…thanks so much for the great photos. Kudos to Chris Ann….what a pillar of a lady, a beautiful gal.
    Love & prayers to her and her family. You take care and get some rest. Hello to Ted and “puppies”!

  10. Hi Bree, I luckily came across this blog. I was thinking about a 3 day trip to the island this long weekend (Marttin Luther King holiday). We already visited the island during summer and we loved it, and wanted to do it during winter too. Now the fears are…:

    -Will we have ferry service? Is the lake frozen now? (I know it stops on sundays)
    -Are there open hotels or lodges?
    -My wife thinks it could be TOO dead over there. Is it going to be that bad? I know it won’t be busy at all but will we see other people around??

    Any informatiion would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

    • Hello, Eduardo! What fun – a winter trip to the Island – AND it’s snowing! I know the Cottage Inn is open this weekend, and there could be others. You need to go to http://www.mackinacisland.org/winter. There is a calendar of events and all the places with accommodations listed there. Arnold Ferry is still running – the Straits are nowhere close to being frozen. So no worries there. I don’t know of any specific activities going on this weekend, but town is always busy with locals and workers, and the island is beautiful in the snow. Just hiking around would be so fun. The Mustang is open for food, as is Cawthorne’s Village Inn. It will be nothing like summer though, so if crowds of people and shopping are what you’re after, a summer trip is better. Good luck, and let me know if you go!

  11. What fun! Hope you enjoyed walking around on all that crunchy snow. Just a word from a gal in Wisconsin, your hat should be pulled down over your ears! Both of them!!

    PS: I have a new e-mail and am no longer receiving the updates on your blog, can you tell e how to change my e-mail?

    • Good idea on the hat, Jeani! Maybe THAT’S why my ears were frozen! Gee, I don’t know about the email. I’m assuming you’ve tried to just hit the “follow” button again – does it ask for an email address there? I’ll try to research some more and get back to you with a better answer – maybe.

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