4th of July Week on Mackinac Island 7/3/2013

What a fun day we had Tuesday with friends Steve and Orietta and their neighbors’ teenagers, twins Max and Ellie!  Steve and Orietta will leave on Saturday for a year-long medical mission trip with the Peace Corps to Tanzania, and their boat had to be taken out of the water only a few weeks into the summer season.

Steve, Ted and Max left the Mackinac Island Marina around 8:30 and headed toward Hessel.  We girls left on the 11 a.m. ferry.  The trip by boat would take a good three hours, but we could drive it in less than 45 minutes.  As we were boarding the ferry, Steve called to say they were already approaching the Hessel harbor, so they had made excellent time!

As soon as Orietta, Ellie and I reached Hessel and met up with the boys, we found a place to eat lunch, then hurried down to the dock to board the Wind Mill!

There's no way to describe how cute and sweet Max and Ellie are (I know Max will groan when he reads this).

There’s no way to describe how cute and sweet Max and Ellie are (I know Max will groan when he reads this).  Max loves everything to do with the outdoors, and Ellie is a girly girl who loves ballet.

I don't know what it is about Michigan and wooden boats, but they are everywhere on the water up here.  So beautiful.

I don’t know what it is about Michigan and wooden boats, but they are everywhere on the water up here. So beautiful.

We had temps in the low 70's and a cool breeze, but not enough real wind to open the sails.  Didn't really matter to us - if we're on a sailboat, we're sailing!

We had temps in the low 70’s and a cool breeze, but not enough real wind to open the sails. It didn’t really matter to us – if we’re on a sailboat, we’re sailing!

With Steve at the helm and Max as his sailor-in-training, Ted, Orietta, Ellie and I were just along for the ride.

With Steve at the helm and Max as his sailor-in-training, Ted, Orietta, Ellie and I were just along for the ride . . .

After picking us up at Hessel, we puttered around the Les Cheneaux Islands for most of the afternoon.

. . . and we puttered around the Les Cheneaux Islands for most of the afternoon.

The Les Cheneaux are made up of 36 islands, some occupied, some not.  Even the houses may not be visible on some of the occupied islands, there will always be a boathouse along its shore.

The Les Cheneaux Islands (or as locals say, “the Snows”) are made up of 36 islands, some occupied, some not. Even though the houses may not be visible on some of the inhabited islands, there will always be a boathouse at some point along the shore.

There was a lot of kayak activity near one island.

There was a lot of kayak activity near one island – it made Ted want to rush home and get his inflatable out of storage!

 
It was a great afternoon to get a little sun . . .

It was a great afternoon to get a little sun . . .

. . . and take a little nap.

. . . and take a little nap.

Everyone took photos . . .

Everyone took photos . . .

. . . some a little sillier than others.

. . . some a little mushier than others.

Ted took the helm while Steve and Max secured everything as we approached Cedarville.

Ted took the helm while Steve and Max secured everything as we approached Cedarville.

. . . where Ted has many fond memories from his childhood.

. . . where Ted has many fond memories from his childhood.

After leaving the Wind Mill in the capable hands of the Viking Boat Harbor in Cedarville, Steve, Orietta and Max took care of one final detail . . . the folding of the sails.

After leaving the Wind Mill in the capable hands of the Viking Boat Harbor in Cedarville, Steve, Orietta and Max took care of one final detail . . . the folding of the sails.

We all piled into the car and took the short trip back to St. Ignace to board the 5:30 ferry to Mackinac Island.  We parted with hugs and promises to stay in touch through all the electronic means now available.  What a remarkable journey they are embarking on, and how fortunate Tanzania is to be receiving the resources Steve, as a cardiologist, and Orietta, as a doctor of tropical medicine, have to offer!

Our prayers travel with them for a safe trip, a successful mission, and their return next July to the Island they love so much.

God speed, Orietta and Steve.

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The Island is full of happy people this week as the 4th of July rapidly approaches.  Mackinac ROCKS this holiday every year with all kinds of activities that are fun, patriotic and as American as apple pie.  Ted and I will be downtown a lot on the 4th, but until then, here are a few pics from the last few days.

Our sweet neighbors from Oklahoma arrived Monday and will be here about five weeks.  Welcome Patty, Buzz and sweet little Bailey!

Our condo neighbors from Oklahoma arrived Monday and will be here five weeks (unless we can talk them into staying longer). Welcome Patty, Buzz and sweet little Bailey!

Buzz and Patty hauled a sofa all the way from Oklahoma, and when they tried to get it up the stairs of their condo, it wouldn't fit.  So here's what you do . . . make some

Buzz and Patty hauled a sofa all the way from Oklahoma, and when they tried to get it up the stairs of their condo, it wouldn’t fit. So, with the help of some great guys in the neighborhood, they used a ladder to slide the sofa up and over their second story balcony rails!  Worked like a charm.

One of Shepler's captains took this great shot - from his pilot house - of another Shepler ferry sailing into the sunset.

Shepler Captain Rossman took this great shot – from his pilot house – of another Shepler ferry sailing into the sunset.

A vintage tricycle makes a great flower stand on the porch of a French Lane cottage.

A vintage 3-wheeler makes a great flower stand on the porch of a French Lane cottage.

Another photo from Jeff's garden on French Lane.

Another photo from Jeff’s garden on French Lane.

Horses, horses, everywhere!

Horses, horses, everywhere!

A garden feature in Jeff's garden.

A garden feature in Jeff’s garden.

Jill took this one of me trying to capture a peony through the Mickey Mouse cutout in the white fence.

Jill took this one of me trying to capture a peony through the Mickey Mouse cutout in the white fence.

Just a few of those peonies.

Just a few of those peonies.

Yellow flowers against a French Lane cottage window.

Yellow flowers against a French Lane cottage window.

Just one of the beautiful Windermere Hotel flower gardens.

Just one of the beautiful Windermere Hotel flower gardens.

O'Malley (a Golden Doodle) looks longingly through her fence to the activity at Jack's Livery.  O'Malley belongs to blog reader Mary Donnelly Jackson, her husband David and precious little girl Rory.

O’Malley (a Golden Doodle) looks longingly through the fence at the activity at Jack’s Livery. O’Malley belongs to blog reader Mary Donnelly Jackson, her husband David and precious little girl Rory.

One of my favorite artists, Mary Lou Peters, is painting most Fridays at Little Luxuries on Mackinac Island.  Love, love, love Mary Lou's watercolors!

One of my favorite artists, Mary Lou Peters, is painting most Fridays at Little Luxuries on Mackinac Island. Love, love, love Mary Lou’s watercolors!  (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

Where else but on Mackinac can a new bride and groom step out into the middle of the street for wedding photos!

Where else but on Mackinac can a new bride and groom step out into the middle of the street for wedding photos!

Everything downtown is decorated for the 4th - like the Iroquois Hotel!

Everything downtown is decorated for the 4th – like the Iroquois Hotel!

Maddie and Bear are ready!

Maddie and Bear are ready!

Wishing all of you a wonderful 4th of July filled with family, friends, back-yard cookouts, ice cream, happy children playing, and a star-spangled firework display to top it all off.  I’ll be back on Sunday to give you all the details from the Island.  Until then, be safe, and God bless America and each and every one of you and your families!

Happy 4th of July!

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13 thoughts on “4th of July Week on Mackinac Island 7/3/2013

  1. Bear and Maddie are so adorable. The Island looks so beautiful. Happy 4th of July Brenda, Ted and to all the blog readers.

  2. Brenda,

    What a week you & Ted have had already and it’s only Wednesday!

    Have a very Happy and safe 4th of July everyone.

  3. Thank you, Brenda, for mentioning my painting demos at Little Luxuries. The dates are Friday, July 12 & 26, August 2, 16, & 30, from 12-2 p.m. If I’m one of your favorite artists, you must be my favorite blogger! Thanks!

  4. I so enjoyed your boat trip in the Snows! Was almost like being there!! The Island looks so beautiful now – still a few late lilacs?

    • Yes, Irene! We still have lilacs at the condo, and I’ve seen a few in other places. I think the cooler weather is making them hang around longer.

      Sent from my iPhone

  5. … It’s great to see so many smiles with so much to be Thankful for on the 4th of July. Happy 4th of July everyone!!

    Thanks again Brenda!!

    Blessings,
    Theresa

  6. I love the bandanas the dogs are wearing! So cute! Do you mind if I ask where you got them? Great pics, as always. I just love the flower pics! Thanks, Bree. Happy 4th. Sue

    • Sue, my friend Anne had them in her shop downtown last year. Unfortunately, the shop is now closed.

      Sent from my iPhone

  7. Hi Brenda! Today we published our first blog but I’m still learning. How can you send the blog in e-mails like this when you publish? I went to google and try to find the blog (daktari2013.wordpress.com) but I couldn’t find it so I don’t know what to say to my friends without Facebook or what would be the link. We posted in Fb, that was easy but Steve said that everybody can see it…is that true? I hope that just my friends in Fb can read it. Sorry for the questions but it is very important do it right…right? Thank you, Orietta

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    • Dr. Barquero, I was able to go right to your blog with the link above and I “followed” it too. Now your blog posts will go right to my email like Brenda’s does.
      Thank you for you and your husband’s gift. Prayers sent with more to … follow. 🙂

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