Arrived Safe and Sound! 5/12/2013

I have to tell you.  Ted and I are the walking dead right now.  We have never, never, never been this tired.  Seriously.

BUT – we are here, and for those of you who haven’t followed us today on Facebook, here are a few photos. 

Last night at the hotel.  Ted and I almost just got another room, and just let them have those two beds.  But instead we asked them nicely to share, and they did.

Last night at the hotel. Ted and I almost just got another room, and let them have those two beds. But instead we asked them nicely to share, and they did.  Such good little travelers they’ve been!

We left the hotel around 8:30.  It was cold, really cold.  And windy, really windy.  And then it started sleeting.  Then snowing.  Blowing snow.  We pulled off at a roadside part near Gaylord to find the ground covered!  Can you believe it!  It's May in Michigan!

We left the hotel around 8:30. It was cold, really cold. And windy, really windy. And then it started sleeting. Then snowing. Blowing snow. We pulled off at a roadside park near Gaylord to find the ground covered in the white stuff.  It’s May in Michigan!

Maddie and Bear jumped out expecting grass and got a huge surprise!

Maddie and Bear jumped out expecting grass and got a huge surprise!

We could have caught the 1:30 ferry, but instead we stayed and chatted with friends at Shepler’s, and Maddie and Bear entertained two tour buses full of visitors who were all crowded under Shepler’s heated tent staying warm.  We came over on the 2:30, and it was a pretty bumpy ride in the high winds!

Clark Bloswick posted this photo tonight of one of the Shepler boats coming back from the Island this afternoon.  Yep - pretty bumpy - but safe and dry on the inside!

Clark Bloswick posted this photo tonight of one of the Shepler boats coming back from the Island this afternoon. Yep – pretty bumpy – but safe and dry on the inside!

We’d called ahead for a taxi for us and a dray for our stuff, and we were at the condo by 3:30.  We unpacked 1.5 bags, walked the dogs, looked at each other and said, “Let’s go to the Pony!”

So we did!  Jill met us there and so did friends Jim and Janice Groat, who are on the island for the month of May.

So we did! Jill met us there and so did friends Jim and Janice Groat, who are on the island for the month of May.

Just before we fell asleep in our plates, we ran over to Doud's and bought enough stuff to get us through Monday.

Just before we fell asleep in our plates, we ran over to Doud’s and bought enough stuff to get us through Monday.  I bet this watermelon is NOT from Georgia.  We don’t grow ’em that small in Georgia!

It’s so good to be here!  Even though it’s freezing, and there are a couple of snow banks that still aren’t melted, it’s Mackinac Island – and there’s no place like it. 

So.  It’s 11:32 p.m.  As soon as I post this, I’m off to dreamland.  And I dare anyone to say, “Let’s go on a roadtrip” to me for at least a month!

Thanks so, so much for all the safe travel prayers.  They were felt, and we love you all.  Thanks too for all the great comments on Facebook to my posts for the last two days.  They have kept us smiling on this long trip.

Nite now.

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39 thoughts on “Arrived Safe and Sound! 5/12/2013

  1. So glad that you made it safe and sound. I would wish you a good night’s sleep, but I think that is probably not a problem!!

  2. Brenda, I expect you are a lady of your word and you are asleep and dreaming of Mackinac by now. You both have my permission to go back to bed in the morning, after the dogs have had their morning constitutional.

    Thanks for the pictures and it was really nice to see Jill’s smiling face.

    I hope the snow goes away and it’s sunny and warm by June 2.

    21 days to go!

    • Giina, just do a Facebook search for Brenda Horton, and please add a note that you read Bree’s Blog. Thanks!

  3. I’m so glad you made it! I can understand two days from Connecticut – that’s normal, but from Georgia? That’s insane! (I wanted to comment before but the wordpress mobile app wants me to sign in to comment!)

  4. All of us in cyberland breathed a sigh of relief when we read that you were safe and sound at the summerland. You didn’t have the opportunity to spend New Year’s on the island, so the weather gods are merely granting your wish of experiencing winter on Mackinac Island. Just in a small dose so you don’t perish from the cold. Welcome home.

  5. Glad you arrived safely! My son and his 6th grade class are coming to the island today for three days. Good to know there’s still a little bit of snow there. Think I’ll throw in some sort of coat for him!

  6. Very glad you had a safe trip. Sorry about the nasty weather-it should warm up in a few days. It better-we’re spending next weekend on the beach in Grand Haven-it’s not so fun to fly kites when it’s cold and rainy. Good luck with all of the unpacking!

  7. Good Morning Happy travelers,

    We’re so thankful you all reached your destination! You all deserve lots of rest and when better than on a snowy Mackinac morning. Thank goodness for Taxi’s and good heavy taxi blankies…the pony, good friends. The family just looked at the ferry pictures this morning and said Wow we’re so glad their safe, hon & mom!! Rest up the flowers and the fudgies will be up in droves soon!

    Take care,
    Theresa

    • We were the only riders on the taxi last night, Theresa, and we made good use of those blankets!

      Sent from my iPhone

  8. Glad you made it safe. I bet no one was riding on the top of that ferry!
    I can’t believe how cold it is still.

  9. Love the pictures of Bear & Maddie on the beds! Too funny!. My Bear has his fatty tumors removed and this Thursday he gets his stitches out. YEAH! Tony and I are coming to the island in a month and I can’t wait to heat Horn’s Nachos! YUM!!!

  10. Now stop and smell the lilacs. Lowell and Faye, just 21 days till we see the island through your eyes.

    • Charlie,

      Praying that nothing happens to keep us from going. I’m saying that because it seems I’ve felt so weak and tired the past few days, especially during the mornings. However, I’m still planning on going. Just hoping that God’s plans are the same as mine. We shall see.

      • Cathie and I are sending you good thoughts and prayers that you will be able to make it.

      • Lowell, please take care of yourself FIRST. I know how much this trip means to you, but if you need to move the dates further into the summer, we can do that with no trouble. I’m glad you mentioned how you’re feeling so we can add extra prayers. We’re three weeks out – hoping you will feel better in a few days.

  11. A cool (ok, cold) breezy day is a perfect one for unpacking and getting situated! Our weather is supposed to be significantly warmer by Wednesday, and I think yours is, too. By then you’ll be rested and ready to walk all over the island. So grateful your trip was uneventful, and that you’re back on Mackinac again. Happy summer!

    • Thank you prayers have already been lifted, Barbara, for a safe , although fast, trip 😀! It’s a beautiful day to be on Mackinac! Come to think of it, I can’t imagine a BAD day to be on Mackinac!

      Sent from my iPhone

  12. Can I ask you a question based on your many years of experience with the island? I was searching the internet for as much info as I could find and came across your blog. We are planning to go there June 7-10 to celebrate our 20th anniversary and are hoping to catch the lilacs in bloom. I’m down in the Milwaukee area and since we are having a bit of a late spring here, I’m wondering if the lilacs are going to be way behind schedule there. Would you say from past experience that every thing is behind there? Is there any chance of the lilacs being in bloom when we’re there? I called the tourism bureau and all they said was to call back closer to our trip. But we really need to make our plans now as it’s less than a month away.

    Thanks for any advice you can give me.

    • Oh dear, Linda! That is a tough question, and if the Tourism Bureau doesn’t have an answer, I’m sorry, but I don’t either. The lilacs up on our hill are behind what they were last year at this time for sure, but if the weather warms up, they will probably come on quickly. But that’s certainly no guarantee. What I can tell you is that the Lilac Festival is such a great and fun event you will enjoy it whether the lilacs are in full bloom or not. So sorry I can’t help you more.

      • Thanks! I’m just so torn as to what to do and probably need to get something booked soon.

  13. Please turn on the heater. We’ll be there in a month and hoping for some good porch sittin’ weather.

  14. Tried to find you on Facebook with no luck 😦
    Glad to hear of your safe arrival! Welcome back to Michigan and all her wacky weather!

    • That is strange, Heidi. Have added several readers as “friends” this morning with those instructions. Anyone else out there have trouble finding me at “Brenda Horton” on Facebook?

      Sent from my iPhone

  15. Hi Bree! We were just up there for Mother’s Day weekend at the Grand. My 85 year old grandmother wasn’t able to venture out for most of the chilly weekend but luckily we had a lakeview room so she still had a wonderful time enjoying the views and shopping “inside”. One of these times I hope to meet you before you move. I think I may have walked past the condo….but it was cold and snowing so I was moving pretty fast…lol. Glad you made it up there safe and sound!

  16. We were there last week so we missed you and we missed the Pink Pony. But we did meet the Groats (Jan reminds me of you!) and their dog, caught opening night at the Yankee Rebel, and ate at the Chuckwagon six out of six days including our departure breakfast with the always lovely Jill and the ever-friendly Jeff! Wish you were there but I’m glad you had a good trip and are there now! Enjoy and we’ll catch up with you next time! 🙂

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