A Quiet Week – Until . . . 6/20/2013

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 . . .

While photographing Lilacs at Four Corners the other day, my eye was immediately drawn to this magnificent sculpture of an eagle . .

While photographing Lilacs at Chambers Corner the other day, my eye was immediately drawn to this magnificent sculpture of an eagle . .

Am I going crazy?  Has he always been there, and I've never noticed him?  Geez - I hope not!  Regardless, he is a beauty!

Am I going crazy? Has he always been there, and I’ve never noticed him? Geez – I hope not! Regardless, he is a beauty, and looks very natural soaring between the Lilac trees.

We missed the Blessing of the Animals this year, but this beautiful photo was taken by Stephen Blair of Maryanke Alexander on her awesome Friesian Regina

We missed the Blessing of the Animals this year, but photographer Steven Blair captured this beautiful moment of Dr. Vince Carroll blessing Regina, Maryanke Alexander’s wonderful Friesian.

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Looking downtown from Fort Hill.

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I can’t get enough of Jeff’s garden on French Lane this year.  It is lush with greenery and flowers, and the summer has only just begun!  Give it another month to grow, and oh my goodness!

Blog readers Paul and Elaine Williams, enjoying some cool refreshments at the Pink Pony!

Blog readers Paul and Elaine Williams, enjoying some cool refreshments on the Pink Pony outside patio.  (Photo:  Jill Sawatzki)

Michigan blue!

Michigan blue sky and water – looking across the yard in front of the Grand Hotel, down to the Mackinac Island Public School.

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Doud’s Market on the right, the Chippewa Hotel across the street, the Visitors Center sideways across from the Chippewa, and Marquette Park across from the Visitors Center.  Add bikes, people, carriages and horses, and you have an always busy corner.

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Fort Mackinac, with yellow umbrellas visible at the Tea Room, one of our favorite places to have lunch with a view!

Maryanke and Regina took a ride down Main Street last evening, to the delight of a lot of tourists.  We were downtown to have dinner with the Forresters, so we got to say hello also.

Maryanke and Regina took a ride down Main Street last evening, to the delight of a lot of tourists. We were downtown to have dinner with the Forresters, so we got to say hello also. (Photo: Mike Forrester)

Ted and I took Maddie and Bear up to Lookout Point today.  It was a great day for a walk, and the woods are so green it takes your breath to walk through them.

Ted and I took Maddie and Bear up to Lookout Point today. It was a great day for a walk, and the woods are so green it takes your breath to walk through them.

Cathie, forgive me.  I missed the big Lily-of-the-Valley blooming, but I did find a few for you!

Cathie, forgive me. I missed the big Lily-of-the-Valley blooming, but I did find a few for you!

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I’ve never seen the grasses in this photo before in the woods.  I know they look blurred, but they are actually just that fine and whispy.  Anyone know what type of grass this is?

Sugar Loaf

Sugar Loaf

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.

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25 thoughts on “A Quiet Week – Until . . . 6/20/2013

  1. WOW! What a rescue! The Island looks soooo beautiful this time of year! I just love your pictures and you have such a way with words, Bree!!

  2. Brenda,

    I haven’t commented on the last few blogs, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t read them and appreciated every one. The pictures have been so good, as well as everything you write.

    That was quite a rescue of the boy from Sugar Loaf. The rescuers are certainly to be congratulated for a job well done. I’ll bet that boy won’t try that again.

  3. My,my boys what they won’t try? I’m so glad he was alright. He was very fortunate to be on Mackinac Island for his adventure. When help is needed of any kind the island crew knows what to do!

    Your photos are exquisite as always! My household biologist is checking on the forest grasses for you. We’ll let you know.

    Have you found all of Jeff’s garden surprises? Take care…..

    Blessings,
    Theresa

  4. Bree, thanks for the updates… Once again, I started crying when I saw the pictures of the bikes parked by Douds…. I was there three weeks ago this weekend, and I miss it SO MUCH!!! Thank you!!

  5. Once again, your pictures make me smile. 🙂 Amazing rescue by the MIFD. I love firemen! 😉 and as far as that eagle goes, I’m not sure that I have seen it either? Enjoy your day Brenda!

  6. Wow…what a rescue!! Adventurous boys….what are you going to do with them? I love Jean’s comments. I always feel a sense of serenity when I am on the island. Love the pictures of flowers!!

  7. Jean’s perspective was lovely. The picture of the woods with Ted and Bear walking looks so nice and cool. I will definitely miss the 70 degree weather Mackinac will have today. It is suppose to be 95 here in Iowa with heat index of 100 and I am going to a 2 day baseball tournament for one of our nephews that we took with us to the island. Aunt Von is going to be a sweaty, cranky lady! LOL!

  8. Hi Bree,

    I’ve been checking out your blog at least weekly since I was in Mackinac for the first time last October. I loved it and will be back thanks to you! Your pictures are great and I was wondering what kind of camera you are using since I am in the market for a new one.

    • Thanks, Carla, for the kind words! I’m using a Canon Rebel T3, and I really like it. It’s much more cumbersome to carry around than the small Canon point and shoot I used for years, but I love the results!

  9. What a way to say peaceful. The pictures are glorious and your-lily-of-the- valley picture is good for my body, mind and spirit. Pure Michigan pretty much says it all.

  10. Pure Michigan for sure!! I love the Pure Michigan commercials and get teary-eyed when I listen to some of them. It’s great to live in a state so beautiful that we love.

    • Karen. . . my niece and I were on the Island 2 weeks ago and so sad when we had to leave. The exact minute I turned down her street to drop her back home, the Pure Michigan commercial for Mackinac Island came on over the radio and we both just cried. Love those commercials.

      So glad that boy was rescued. Reminds me of the story Lowell told me about his Arch Rock adventure at age 16. Hi Lowell and Faye. . .hope all is well.

      Brenda great pictures this week.

  11. Hi… been reading your blog for some time now and everytime I come here I enjoy the pictures more and more:)
    My husband and I are hoping one day to be able to live on the island full time in about 10 years. I have never been to Mackinac but my husband has and loves it!!!
    Thanks for bringing your blog readers the beauty that is Pure Michigan:)

  12. Pure ignorance. Sugar Loaf does not even ring a bell to me. Can’t picture where it is. Can you help me? Really glad the boy was rescued. Loving the pictures as usual. Especially Ted and the doggys walking down the trail.

    • Chris, you take a right off Garrison Rd., just past the cemeteries, onto Ft. Holmes Rd. which dead ends at Point Lookout. From the fence there, you can look down on Sugar Loaf. There are wooden steps leading down to Sugar Loaf from Point Lookout.

      By bike, you’d take North Bicycle Trail, behind the Boy Scout barracks. That will take you straight to the base of Sugar Loaf.

      Sent from my iPhone

  13. Brenda,

    We just wanted to share a heartfelt prayer and thought, we will all remember the smile of sweet dear Chris Ann tonight and everyday. We will be with you and her family Tommrrow morning for her sending home services. Only a heartbeat away my friend at 11am.

    Blessings,
    Theresa and family

  14. How nice to see that smile on your friend Maryanke’s face. I remember the tragic loss of her promising prize horse.
    I’m planning now for our trip to the Island – 11 days and counting! 🙂

  15. So enjoyed this blog today! And loved what Jean wrote too! I could feel myself back on the island people watching 😊. There are a few Jamaican workers( and Jill , from the bookstore) that I know now because we go every summer, it’s nice to seek them out and say hello! Loved meeting Brenda and Ted! Hopefully see you next year!

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