The Horton house has been relatively quiet the last few days (insert huge sigh of relief). I worked Monday at the Stuart House, Ted worked Tuesday at the Visitors Center, Wednesday was off-island grocery day, and today we’ve had a really relaxed day doing mostly nothing.
Even with the lack of any special events going on, I still have some photos to share that I’ve collected during the week, and a little later, I have an exciting island rescue to tell you about! So let’s get started . . .
It was at Sugar Loaf today that a dramatic rescue took place. The Mackinac Island Fire Department and EMT’s were called to Sugar Loaf by a family whose son had become trapped inside one of the cave-like opening in the huge limestone outcropping.
In the photo above you can see a wide sand-like trail that winds around sugar loaf on the right. Above that trail there three holes (almost looks like two eyes and a mouth). It is hard to tell in this photo, but those holes are quite a distance from the base of Sugar Loaf.
A 14-year old boy, who frequently comes to the island and has done this before, once more climbed into one of the holes. Not realizing until it was too late that his larger size now would get him in trouble, he became wedged in the hole and could not get out.
In Assistant Fire Chief Jason St. Onge’s words: “Lt. Larry Rickley and Fire-Fighter Craig Bunker from Engine 1 used air-chisels and other hand tools to help extricate the young man, while Allied EMS, EMT Tony Spata rendered aid. The three men were able to balance on the edge of the rock while they worked.”
St. Onge said, “Rickley and Bunker worked like horses to free up the young man, and Tony Spata all but climbed in to render aid/oxygen/assurance to keep him calm.”
As I’ve said many times in the past, the Mackinac Island Fire Department, Police Department, and EMT’s are first-rate, professional, highly-trained individuals who have to answer emergency and rescue situations not many other emergency personnel would have to deal with in their districts. Mackinac Island is unique in so many ways, and these men and women are the best!
A huge thank you to all who took part in this rescue – both on and off duty!
FROM ANOTHER PERSON’S PERSPECTIVE
After a recent visit to Mackinac Island, a new friend of mine, Jean Schachermeyer, shared this the other day on Facebook:
On Saturday I was sitting on a balcony on Mackinac Island watching the folks on Main Street, and I took notice of three things I wanted to share about Michiganders…
1. Kids…riding bikes down Main Street (helmets on:) and one said to the other “Aren’t you going to be sad when we have to leave this place?”
2. An Amish woman riding a bike putting her face back to feel the wind on her face. I could just tell it was quite a treat for her.
3. Watching the folks as they exited the ferry and walked onto the island, I noticed families, working class families. They had no luggage and were not spending the night, but making maybe an annual pilgrimage to this amazing Michigan treasure. Soaking in the sights, smells, and sounds…spending their hard earned money on fudge, taking a carriage tour, knickknacks to remember the day.
I think someone already coined the phrase but what the heck . . . Pure Michigan.
Thank you, Jean, for saying so well what I try to say with each post on Bree’s Blog. Mackinac Island is like a gift, all wrapped up and waiting for all who come to step off the ferry, open her up, and see what what she has to offer. Pure Mackinac.