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.
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!
Ted met us at the museum and then we all walked over to the condo to rest for a few minutes.
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 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, 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 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.
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!
Lowell – capturing it all for the family scrapbook.
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 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, 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. 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 . . . .