I love Mackinac Island. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s warm or cold, clear or cloudy, dry or raining – I just love it. Occasionally though, you get a day so perfect you feel as if God just decided to laugh out loud and declare, “Today on Mackinac Island, the weather will be P E R F E C T.”
And today it was. No clouds in a sky so beautifully hued if it were a paint color, its name would have to be “Michigan Blue”. Low 70’s. A tad of a breeze. Low, very low humidity. As I said . . . perfect.
As if that wasn’t good enough, my Georgia cousins on my mom’s side, Angela and Larry, just happened to pick yesterday to arrive on the Island. They flew from Atlanta to Flint, rented a car and drove up, arriving just in time to hurry into the Grand Hotel (Angela loves the whole Somewhere in Time magic of the Grand and has had it on her bucket list for quite a while), dress for dinner and enjoy a special evening of great food, strolls around the grounds, and rocking chair peacefulness on the Grand porch.
This morning, Angela and Larry awoke to our perfect island day. They walked up to our condo, and from there we covered seeing quite a few of Mackinac’s treasures.
Our first official stop was Lookout Point overlooking Sugar Loaf. We walked there after passing the three island cemeteries and turning right up Fort Holmes Road. We promised them after we reached Fort Holmes, everything else would be downhill.
As with almost everyone who visits for the first time, they couldn’t get over the blueness and clarity of the Lake Huron water. “It looks like the Caribbean,” they said several times.
A couple more hills . . .
. . . brought us to Fort Holmes, and Ted got to talk all about the history of this spot.
From the top of the Island we could barely make out the red of a parasail drifting over the Straits.
Since it was on the way, we stopped by Skull Cave . . .
. . . then had lunch at Fort Mackinac’s Tea Room.
We parted company after lunch, leaving Larry and Angela with a chance to explore on their own. They plan to spend two more nights on the Island at the Chippewa downtown. We hope you’re enjoying your island adventure as much as we’re enjoying you being here!
THE WEEK IN PHOTOGRAPHS
Loved seeing blog reader Joyce and her husband Al on Monday. They stopped by the Stuart House to say hello!
While visiting the Fort Cemetery today, we noticed coins had been placed on nearly every stone marker. Does anyone know why? It seems I read about this somewhere, but now I can’t remember what I read. Help!
Today we ate on the deck at the Tea Room that is above the level where the yellow umbrellas are. Our first time to eat up there – and we liked it a lot! You can see we had a Great Lakes cruise ship in the harbor today.
A beautiful sunset shot of two Shepler boats by Shepler Captain Pat Springate.
The Cottage Inn’s Joe Joe Cocker.
Flowers on the outside patio at Mary’s Bistro.
Breathtaking Windermere Hotel gardens. I could just stand and look at this all day.
Did you notice that every balcony in the two hotels behind the Grand Hotel omnibus has its own hanging basket?
More Hawkweed. It’s everywhere, it’s everywhere!
In a few days, the Mackinac Island Marina will be alive with Crayola Crayon-colored sails. The Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race begins Friday, July 12 for the Cruising Division boats, and the remaining divisions start toward the Island on Saturday, July 13. By Monday this harbor will be teeming with activity, and the Island hotels, restaurants and bars will be wall-to-wall people. Let the races begin!
The Trinity Episcopal Church steeple cross, as seen from Fort Mackinac.
After he found a perch on the end of the flag pole at the Tea Room, this crow had a bird’s eye view of everything!
Buzz and Patty’s sweet Bailey.
A huge freighter slips past the lighthouses . . .
. . . and continues west toward the Mackinac Bridge.
Sweet friend Bonnie has been on the Island for a few days, and today we spotted her relaxing on a front porch on the boardwalk. It was good to visit with her for a while!
A seagull comes in for a landing on his own shadow.
On the way home this afternoon, we walked through the Grand Hotel Rose Garden for the first time this summer. Always beautiful!
Just one more thing. Friends Steve and Orietta Humphrey, who are in Washington DC going through orientation before leaving for their year-long medical mission trip to Tanzania with the Peace Corps, will be blogging about their experiences there. If any of you would like to subscribe to their blog, you can click the link below and then click on the “follow” button. They’re posted once already. I know this is going to be an exciting and very busy year for them, and I look forward to hearing about the work they will be doing: www.daktari2013.wordpress.com
Steve and Orietta – from a previous trip to Africa