Mackinac Island Winter Update 3/3/2013

Hello from the chilly South!  The sun is setting on the lake, and for the second night in a row we’re expecting temps below freezing (yes, I know – it’s all relative).  Ted has had our wood burning stove on the sun porch going full-blast since early this morning, and I’m wondering if I could convince him to spend the night out there tonight so it would still be burning Monday morning.  Just for the heck of it, I just turned around and asked if he would do that.  He looked up from the paper, smiled, and said sweetly, “Sugar Plum, if you want the fire to be burning in the morning, YOU stay up all night and keep it going.”  All righty then!

Tonight will be a photo-only update, but before I start putting those up for everyone to enjoy, I want to take a minute and say a very special thank you to the people and businesses on the Island who makes these updates possible.  As I’m sure you’ve figured out over the years, without folks who live year-round on magical Mackinac and who are gracious enough to share their photos with this blog, these winter updates wouldn’t be happening.  What really humbles me is though many of these folks are friends, there are a few whom I’ve never even met.  They are men and women who post beautiful photos on a Facebook page, and when they get a message from me (who they don’t know from Adam’s house cat), asking to use that photo on a blog about the Island, instantly say “Of course!”  And that’s what makes Mackinac Islanders special.

I have hesitated for weeks about doing this because I know I will leave someone out.  If I do, please please forgive – it was totally a goof-up on my part.  So here goes – and in no particular order:

  1. Wonderful year-round Islanders Robert McGreevy, Greg Main, Sonnet Quinn (and her blog Mackinac Mommy), Mary McGuire, Clark Bloswick, Orietta Banquero, Heather May, Liz Burt (and her Quilted Turtle blog), Nicole Doud, Rich & Marge Lind, Ray Card, Jason St. Onge, Joan Barch, and Travis Sredzinski.
  2. The business web sites, Facebook pages and/or web cams of:  Grand Hotel, Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau, Chippewa Hotel, Doud’s Market, The Cottage Inn, Mackinac Island Historic State Parks, Mackinac Island News & Views, Horn’s Bar, Island House Hotel, Shepler’s Ferry, and Mackinac Bridge.
  3. Great friends Patrick Conlon and Jeff Peterson who live nearby, visit the Island often, and always share photos!
  4.  . . . . and anyone else who reads this blog, occasionally visits the Island during the winter, and will always – always – offer their photos (you’ll meet two of them tonight – Andy Rosenbaum & Sue Stejskal).

ISLAND PHOTOS

Greg Main does what he calls "walk-arounds" and takes these amazing photos while he's out.  I don't think I've ever seen Arch Rock from this angle.

Greg Main does what he calls “walk-arounds” and takes these amazing photos while he’s out. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Arch Rock from this angle.

A sunset from Sunset Rock. (Photo: Robert McGreevy)

A sunset from Sunset Rock on March 2. (Photo: Robert McGreevy)

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I love the shadows in this one above Mission Point Resort.  (Photo:  Greg Main)

The snow plow is definitely getting a work-out this winter.  This is in front of the Mackinac Island Public School.  (Photo: Robert McGreevy)

In a photo from 2007, this snowplow is really getting a workout in front of the Mackinac Island Public School. I wonder how it compares with this year???  (Photo: Robert McGreevy)

These next three photos were taken by Theodore Weeks and show out amazing Mackinac Island Fire Department during ice rescue training.

These next three photos were taken by Theodore Weeks and show our amazing Mackinac Island Fire Department during ice rescue training.

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All I can think of is these guys willingly get into that frigid water to practice these rescues so they are prepared if the real thing happens!

And yes - these are the same men who walked two miles out on the ice last week to bring in the mariner off the iced-in freighter.

And yes – these are the same men who walked two miles out on the ice last week to bring the mariner in off the iced-in freighter.

How not to store your bike for winter.  (Photo: Greg Main)

How not to store your bike for winter. (Photo: Greg Main)

Main Street.  (Photo:  Chippewa Hotel)

Main Street. (Photo: Chippewa Hotel)

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A walk on the ice. I think this is Charlie. (Photo:  Nicole Doud)

Heard, but not seen that much, a beautiful photo of a pileated woodpecker spotted by Robert McGreevy.

Heard, but not seen that much, a beautiful photo of a pileated woodpecker,  spotted by Robert McGreevy.

Wow!  a panoramic shot of Silver Birches by Greg Main.

Wow! A panoramic shot of Silver Birches by Greg Main.

These next seven shots were taken by Andy Rosenbaum and Sue Stejskal when they visited the Island this past weekend.  Thanks so much for emailing these to me!

Anne's Tablet - under a layer of cotton-white snow.

Anne’s Tablet – under a layer of cotton-white snow.

Our condo!  Looks awfully quiet, doesn't it?  Needs some dogs running around in the yard!

Our condo! Looks awfully quiet, doesn’t it? Needs some dogs running around in the yard!

The "floating" Mackinac Bridge.

The “floating” Mackinac Bridge.

No swimming?  No kidding!

No swimming? No kidding!

Full parking lot at the airport.

Full parking lot at the airport.

The view from Arch Rock.

The view from Arch Rock.

The Visitor's Center.  If it looked like this when we are there, Ted would never volunteer to work there!

The Visitor’s Center.

And we'll end with a funny one.  Robert McGreevy snapped this one of his friend Clark Bloswick - doing a little ice fishing from his snowmobile.  LOL!

And we’ll end with a funny one. Robert McGreevy snapped this one of his friend Clark Bloswick – doing a little ice fishing from his snowmobile.

Updates

Lowell is back home from the hospital after having a stent placed in an artery that was partially blocked.  More tests and procedures may be in his future, but he is doing much better and plans to start building up his stamina for their island trip in June. 

Cheryl Priest, one of Chris Ann’s daughters, just posted this update a few moments ago: Today Mom has been a bit anxious and is struggling with her breathing.  Her ability to swallow also shifted today.  We’ve talked about how she spent her life in constant motion and how she may have underestimated her body’s willingness to let that go.  We have told her it is ok to go.  Other family members have come in or are coming.  Family from across the country have started sending video clips with messages of love and goodbyes.  Mom might not be able to focus in on them with her eyes, but she has enjoyed listening to them over and over again.  My sister Carol sent a message, and her two kids made a video for grandma and helped her join them on a bike ride along the river in Washington state.  We now sit holding her hand.  Our prayers would be for her comfort and for her next journey to begin soon.  Hospice of the Straits has been and continues to do an amazing job, and they make sure that we have everything we need.”

I write these words through tears because I know the end is very near.  I hold her hand in my heart.  I love you, Sunshine.

lh43

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9 thoughts on “Mackinac Island Winter Update 3/3/2013

  1. My heart goes out to all who knew and loved Chris Ann. She will be missed by all, but have comfort in knowing that she will soon be in paradise.

  2. Beautiful photos. I so enjoy seeing the Island in a way I never did before this blog.
    Praying for peace for Chris Ann and her family.

  3. Your thankyou’s were just the thing. It’s so great.to have these pictures to look at of Mackinac winter. I especially like the of the horse.in the sun. It reminds me that spring can’t be too far away. Continued prayers for Chris Ann.

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