And Away We Go! 6/3/2013

A semi-serious thought.  I don’t know whether Lowell and Faye are going to really, really love me at the end of their trip – or really, really dislike me a lot!  Bless their hearts, when we dropped them off at the Chippewa around five this afternoon, they were looking a little shell-shocked, and I think their plan was to eat some dinner and go directly to bed!  We had a FULL day!

Compliments of Dr. Bill Chambers and Carriage Tours, we spent most of Monday exploring the Island aboard the two- and three-horse hitch Carriage Tour wagons.  I met Lowell and Faye in the lobby of the Chippewa at 9:45, and we walked over to the loading area for Carriage Tours.  We climbed aboard with our driver, Sam – who hailed from Flint, MI.

Lowell was excited as we neared this home on Cadotte Ave.  This is where he lived when he worked on the Island in the 50's.

Lowell was excited as we neared this home on Cadotte Ave. This is where he lived when he worked on the Island in the 50’s.

Sam gave the horses a break for a few minutes across from the Grand Hotel, which gave us a chance to hop out and take a few pics.

Sam gave the horses a break for a few minutes across from the Grand Hotel, which gave us a chance to hop out and take a few pics, after he explained some of the history of the hotel.

At the Surrey Hill Carriage Museum we said goodbye to Sam, an excellent driver and tour guide.

At the Surrey Hill Carriage Museum we said goodbye to Sam, an excellent driver and tour guide!

Ted met us at the museum and then we all walked over to the condo to rest for a few minutes.

Ted met us at the museum and then we all walked over to the condo to rest for a few minutes.

After Bear had covered Faye in Golden fur, we walked back to Surrey Hill and checked out some of the carriages at the museum.

After Bear had sufficiently covered Faye in Golden fur, and I had “lint-rollered” her clean, we walked back to Surrey Hill and checked out some of the carriages at the museum.  I think Lowell and Ted have really hit it off.  They both love history, and Mackinac Island is full of it!

When we caught a three-horse hitch wagon on the back side of the museum, we will fortunate to get Ryan as a driver/guide.  Ryan was so good - informative, quick-witted, friendly, and so funny!

When we caught a three-horse hitch wagon on the back side of the museum, we wiere fortunate to get Ryan as a driver/guide. Ryan was so good – informative, quick-witted, friendly, and so funny!

We drove through the cemeteries, passed Skull Cave, learned about animals, trees, flowers, and the War of 1812.

We drove through the cemeteries, passed Skull Cave, and learned about animals, trees, flowers, and the War of 1812.

At Arch rock, where Lowell once worked at a Curio Shop that is no longer there, we had a few minutes to walk up to the Island

At Arch rock, where Lowell once worked at a Curio Shop that is no longer there, we had a few minutes to walk up to the Island landmark.  Lowell told us he actually had WALKED ACROSS ARCH ROCK as a teenager – something no one would dare do today, but something a few folks did do “back in the day”. 

Lowell and Faye in front of Arch Rock.

Lowell and Faye in front of Arch Rock.

After we left Arch Rock, we rode a while longer through the State Park until we came to Fort Mackinac.  We got off our wagon at that point to explore the fort.  Lunch was on our minds - AND finding a spot that was a little warmer and out of the wind.  The Tea Room at the fort was perfect - INSIDE this time, where two fireplaces were blazing.  Three of us had soup for lunch - so good and warm - and Ted tried out a new menu item - a turkey/provolone sub.  Excellent - all of it, but the biggest hit was the broccoli cheddar soup.  Yum!

After we left Arch Rock, we rode a while longer through the State Park until we came to Fort Mackinac, where we got off our wagon to do some more exploring.  Lunch was on our minds – AND finding a spot that was a little warmer and out of the wind. The Tea Room was perfect – INSIDE this time, where two fireplaces were blazing. Three of us had soup for lunch – so good and warm – and Ted tried out a new menu item – a chicken/provolone sub. Excellent – all of it, but the biggest hit was the broccoli cheddar soup. Yum!

You can't get up that high on the Island and not take a few "view" photos!

You can’t get up that high on the Island and not take a few “view” photos!

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Lowell - capturing it all for the family scrapbook.

Lowell – capturing it all for the family scrapbook.

After lunch we toured the excellent museum in the fort.  Lowell and Faye loved the section where a replica of one of the bluff mansion porches is constructed.

After lunch we toured the excellent museum above Sutler’s Store. Lowell and Faye loved the section where a replica of one of the bluff mansion porches is constructed.

They really enjoyed the Post School House, which remind them both of the one-room schools they had once attended.

They really enjoyed the Post School House, which reminded them both of the one-room schools they had once attended.

Outside, while we waited on our ride back to town, Lowell took a call from Charlie, our brother-in-law from New Orleans.  Charlie and Cathie were hoping to be here on the Island at the same time as Lowell & Faye.  They've become friends through this blog.  Health concerns prevented them making the trip, but they've been following along every day.  They had a good talk today.

Outside, while we waited on our ride back to town, Lowell took a call from Charlie, our brother-in-law from New Orleans. Charlie and Cathie were hoping to be here on the Island at the same time as Lowell & Faye, whom they’ve become friends with through this blog. Health concerns prevented them making the trip this year, but they’ve been following along every day. 

Back we went to Surrey Hill, where we transferred to a two-horse hitch that took us to town.

Back we went to Surrey Hill, where we transferred to a two-horse hitch that took us to town.  That’s the Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence in the background.

I spoke with Faye and Lowell a few minutes ago to talk about Tuesday’s schedule.  A reporter for The St. Ignace News/Mackinac Island Town Crier is meeting them Tuesday morning at the Chippewa to interview Lowell about his work on the Island nearly 60 years ago. 

And now, only because I know Lowell and Faye won’t be able to read this tonight, I’m going to tell you a BIG secret!  I’ve told the two of them that the reporter is planning to take them out to Arch Rock on a taxi for the interview.  BUT – we are all (Faye, Lowell, the reporter, and I) really going to be picked up by Ben Mosley, driving one of the Grand Hotel’s VIP carriages – pulled by the Grand Hotel Hackney horses.  The interview WILL take place at Arch Rock, but before we get there, the Greene’s will get a truly unique tour of places on the Island where other tours don’t usually go – and they will be going in “Grand” style!  I am so excited that the Grand Hotel offered this VIP tour to Lowell & Faye, and I hope this will be the perfect ending to their visit to the island!

If any of Lowell & Faye’s friends or family are reading this tonight or first thing Tuesday morning . . . please, please DON’T TELL THEM!

Again, thank you Dr. Chambers and Carriage Tours for making today so special for the Greene’s!

See you back here Tuesday night with the rest of the story . . . .

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28 thoughts on “And Away We Go! 6/3/2013

  1. It sounds like quite a day! And that tomorrow will be even more exciting! Will the story be available online?

    • Laurie, if you subscribe to the online version of the Town Crier, it will be a available. If not, I think it will still be available, but only after a month.

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      • I’ll have to wait then. Being from Cincinnati, I’m not a subscriber. 🙂

  2. I was lucky enough to have a carriage tour several years ago that took us to areas that are usually only visited by the locals. My cousin grew up on the island, so we got to see some really unique spots- and at several homes we saw folks, and my cousin would shout out “This is Deborah- my cousin from Canada!”. Other times he would also add “this person is your cousin too.” Guess I’m related to half the island folks. That afternoon stands out as one of my most beloved Mackinac Island memory. I am sure it will be the same for Lowell. wishing you dry weather and pleasant temperatures! Enjoy.

  3. I hope you will encourage Lowell to write about his memories of Mackinac…and the changes he has observed…and then as a guest blogger share it with us via your blog when he returns home and rests some. Through the years of reading his comments here on your blog, I can tell he is a talented writer.

    • Louise, you must be a mind reader! That is already in progress. He is taking notes throughout the trip. I’m going to turn it all over to him as “guest blogger” after he gets home and gets his thoughts together. I can’t wait to read his version!

  4. Omgosh…I so wish I was there…this will be something that Lowell and Faye will remember for a life time. Brenda, you are a one of a kind! 🙂

  5. Brenda,

    What you and everyone involved has done for Lowell & Faye is just wonderful. This is the true Mackinac community that makes the island the special place it is. Love & hugs to everyone involved, especially you for all the work this took.

    Gail

  6. Hi Bree!
    You don’t know me but I have seen you on the island many times that I have visited over the summer months! I just left the island yesterday 😦 this trip wasn’t the best because I lost my Sony digital camera on Saturday. I was wondering if there was any other way to report it lost? I filled out a form at the police station in hopes some one might turn it in. Any help would be greatly appreciated! I love your blog! Even tho I can’t be there all summer, I feel like I am there! Thanks so much! Kristin

  7. Thank you for the wonderful work you do keeping everyone up to date with Mackinac! Blessings on your extra-special week! Can’t wait to hear the ..rest of the story.

  8. Brenda I want you to be my travel agent. It seems that all of you are having a wonderful time. I am so glad that, even though it is cool on the island, it has stayed sunny during the stay. I know that they are really going to love tomorrow.

  9. What a wonderful day on Mackinac! Beautiful photos. I’m glad you all got to have lunch at the Tea Room. I have wonderful memories of being there. Great food and the best view of the Straits. Can’t wait to hear more 🙂

  10. Brenda we were taking the in the same sights as you were with our bikes but our paths never crossed. What time is the interview and can anyone attend? I have telling my niece all about Lowell’s life here on the Island and now she wants to work here during her summer breaks when she is old enough. I am so happy it has been sunny for their trip. We could use a few more degrees than it would be perfect. Have a great day!

    • Lora, we leave the Chip at 10 am. I have no idea when we’ll return because I’m thinking we’ll have Ben drop us at the Grand because Faye has never been there. The reporter is riding with us and plans to interview as we ride. If you would email me your cell number to brendasumnerhorton@hotmail.com, maybe we could meet at Sadie’s for ice cream!

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    • Just meet the lovely Faye and Lowell Greene. I could spend all day listening to all of Lowell’s stories about his life and this adventures on Mackinac Island. Brenda had another amazing(there’s that word again) day planned for them. I will let Brenda tell you all about. Lowell and Faye is was a pleasure meeting! Hope to see you again. Thank you Brenda for letting Sarah and tag along.

  11. You mus have had so much fun setting up all of these surprises! What a lovely gift you and the rest of the folks involved have given to Lowell and Faye. Can’t wait to hear about the ‘big secret’!!!!

  12. So exciting! Can’t wait to hear about it all! And read Lowell’s story too.
    What a wonderful trip they have had so far. Let’s all pray the rest of their adventure goes smoothly.

    Brenda you make dreams come true. Hugs to you!

    (PS laurie5567 I’m also from Cincinnati. )

  13. Wow! What a great visit you have planned for Lowell and Faye! I am sure they will enjoy every minute of it! And I know all of you involved will have just as great of a time!! I agree with Connie, you are definitely a dream maker!

  14. What a special trip you planned for them……that whole thing about being a better person…….you’ve outdone yourself!

  15. Thanks for sharing the pictures of the island tour! My husband and I were there–stayed at the Grand Hotel for our once in a lifetime stay–on May 21-22 of this year. Sad to say, the 3 days we were on the island, there was very dense FOG which prevented us from even seeing the top of the Grand! Our room (which we paid extra to get) had a view of the Straits and the Mackinac Bridge, if only we could have seen it…. The fog also drenched my hair every time we left the hotel. All we could do was walk, which we did, 2-4 miles each day, but we decided not to pay the extra money for a carriage tour since so many things were just not visible, especially the fort. The island is a wonderful place to visit and we tried to enjoy our stay, even though it was totally impeded by fog. Thanks, again, for sharing the pictures so at least I can see through your eyes what is actually there.

  16. Bree,

    How wonderful the memory maker you and all of Mackinac islanders have been to Faye and Lowell. The peek in to the the joyous thrills are much like Christmas morning for those of us not present! The wonderment has had no bounds.. Thank you for sharing.

    Lowell we’ll have to just be blog buddies as we will not be island bound for five days yet.

    Safe journey home tomorrow, Lowell and Faye.

    Blessings,
    Theresa

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