Last Monday after work I took a walk and snapped a bunch of photos you seemed to enjoy a lot (I sure enjoyed taking them), so this past Monday I did the same thing. Instead of going downtown and heading west, I walked to Mission Point Resort and back. I don’t get down in that neck of the woods nearly enough during the season, so when I do go it’s like a whole new world!
BEFORE THE WALK
When I stopped to get my coffee before going to the Stuart House, I couldn’t help but notice that a crew of workers were busy taking down all the hanging baskets.
It really made me sad to watch those flowers come down, but it’s just another sign that the season is over.
As the hanging baskets and beds full of summer flowers were removed, pots of Mums in every color were taking their place.
Lordy, Lordy. Now I’m getting CHILDREN of blog readers stopping by! This beautiful couple was on their honeymoon, with a request from the groom’s mom, Hilde, to stop in to say hello. Thank you so much, Mike and Rochelle DaVanon, for taking time out of your special week to come by!
Another very special couple – Irene Cowley and her husband Gary. Irene and Gary were first on the Island during the days of MRA in the late 40’s (Irene told me she arrived on the island as a newborn in a laundry basket). Irene and Gary were also students (and Irene a graduate) of Mackinac College, a private liberal arts college which opened on Mackinac Island in the fall of 1966 and closed after graduating its Charter Class in 1970. Gary & Irene live in California and will be back next summer for a Mackinac College reunion!
EAST SIDE STROLL
Everywhere we look now trees are putting on their Fall colors – like this tree next to the Jane and Richard Manoogian Museum of Art.
Even the flowers are looking more “Fall-ish” – like these in front of the Inn on Mackinac.
Harbor View Inn was still sporting its summer blossoms.
As I passed the intersection of Church Street and Main, I took a few steps up Church and snapped a shot of these old tree trunks. Mackinac Island seems to inspire trees to grow into lots of gnarled shapes, and each one is interesting in its own way.
Meet Daisy! She’s in front of the Mackinac Island Butterfly House and Insect World on McGulpin Street.
This is the Straits Lodge at Mission Point Resort. If you’re coming to Mission Point with your dog, this is the building where you’ll be staying.
Yellows and rusts are arriving fast at Mission Point.
The Violet Residences are condos in the Mission District. They are beautiful from the front, but on that day I realized their back yards – which this photo shows – are lovely also.
Lake Huron through the handles of a couple of bikes.
Have I ever mentioned how much I love the Michigan blue sky? Really? I’ve said that before?
This Mission Point courtyard is just outside the doorway to the Mackinac Arts Council.
A covered walkway runs beside Mission Point’s theater, gift shop and gym.
I walked out on what is the roof of the Mission Point Conference Center (it’s ok – you’re supposed to walk on it – in fact, it’s where you rent your bikes at Mission Point) and took in the great view from up there of the lawn, gazebo and a dray team heading back to town after a delivery.
Mission Point flowers just keep getting better each season . . .
. . .and the banks of blossoms running beside the driveway to the front doors must still think it’s summer.
One of my favorite Mission Point pathways – always shady and peaceful.
The east end of Main Street in the Mission District – walking back toward town.
The picket fence at St. Anne’s Church is getting a fresh coat of white paint.
On the opposite side of the street B & B’s mix in with private homes.
I’ve always loved this red barn that sits behind one of those private homes – it’s always framed in beautiful flowers and trees and accented with that great stone wall.
Back in town and walking up Astor Street – which was newly paved last week.
The Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast – beautiful as always and already gussied up for Halloween. At night it is outlined in orange lights!
I happened to run into good friends Bryan and Barb as I walked up Cadotte – out for a walk with their Golden Retriever Rusty.
. . . and when I turned around to look back in the direction from which I’d come, the beautiful trees made the street look as if it was on fire.
This Monarch was sipping nectar from the still abundantly blooming Grand Hotel flower beds.
We had a great, but bittersweet, time Tuesday evening at the Yankee Rebel with our retiring pastor, Dr. Vince Carroll and his lovely wife Molly. This Sunday will be his last sermon in the pulpit of Little Stone Church, and on Monday they will leave the Island to begin working with a new church on Long Boat Key, FL. They will be sorely missed.
Horses are still leaving the Island at least twice a week (Photo: Jill Sawatzki) . . .
. . . and Jill said this one stuck out his tongue and seemed to be saying to her, “I get to go on vacation before you do!”
Working hard at the Stuart House! (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)
It started raining this afternoon – the first rain we’ve seen in at least three weeks – and it’s supposed to keep up most of the weekend. We can’t complain one bit because our September was one for the record books – warm and sunny. That’s perfect in my book!
Y’all have a good weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Sunday – good Lord willing. God bless.
I can see the colors have changed even in a week! Wishing we could head back next week to check on the progress. 🙂
Aww Brenda I’m so glad they stopped by to say hello…maybe now they will believe me when I say that I DO have friends on the island 😉
I love the Mission Point District part of town..always a must on our visits. The flowers look beautiful as always and the trees on Cadotte are awesome! I can tell by that picture that your really working hard…you should probably take some time off to relax a little…teeheehee. Have a GREAT weekend!!
Mike & Rochelle looks so young! LOL! It is great that he listened to his mom and met Brenda.
Your pictures are just beautiful! You have a wonderful eye as to what makes a nice photo. We’ll be on the island this Sunday morning and looking forward to some of the color changes. It’s sad that the hanging baskets are coming down, but I know the mums will look gorgeous in the flower beds.
Well, hope to stop in Monday at the Stuart House to say “hi”. Just so looking forward to stepping off the ferry and getting back to the island I love!
Love your “east side stroll” pictures. We are still on the Island. The rain hasn’t spoiled our trip. Tomorrow we hope to find the last of the cottages in the Historic Cottages book. It has been fun to have a mission. Maybe I will run into you yet!
So many lovely photos….I could not choose a “favorite” if I had to. I love all of them. the flowers are too pretty to retire, but the mums will snap everyone into the fall mode. thanks for sharing..always brings a smile.
P/S/ I adore Daisy!
Wonderful post with amazing photos! I really enjoyed the Mission District photos especially at Mission Point. I’ll be sharing those with Sirena as soon as she gets online. Sorry I missed your last post, I’ve been in Kandahar this week for meetings, but I’m all caught up now.
Have a great weekend!
We usually camp and take the ferry over. So we do the carriage ride, the shops, and the same things. Last year was the first time in 30+ years that we’ve ventured over to Mission Point. We ate lunch there and walked around some. It was interesting to see a whole new part of the Island!
My countdown begins……..8 more days before we leave to come up! I can’t wait to see all those beautiful things in person! When is your last day to volunteer?
I’ll be there at least this coming Monday. Don’t know after that, Karen.
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Beautiful pictures! Coming to the island in a few weeks..can’t wait!
Loved taking the stroll with you! Did you feel all of us bloggers walking behind you? LOL!
Have you and ted decided how long you are staying?
End of October, Yvonne.
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Yvonne Pitsch said it all. What a beautiful stroll. You gave me more pictures for my Mackinac Island folder. However, you did walk a little too fast for me.
Nice nice walk. Was hoping you would mention/or have a pic of the old Ty Horn resident. My mom went to school on the island years ago with Ty and I used to work for him in his Ty’s restaurant. Thanks so very much for your super pics of the island.
Oh I’m so sad. I didn’t know that Rev. Carroll was retiring! He married us in 2005 & we’ve returned to the island every year for our anniversary (save the year our daughter decided to be born 9 weeks early!). We will miss him and Molly but wish them the best in their retirement.
Thank you for the beautiful walk through the streets, love the colors and beautiful flowers. We are coming for our second trip this year in a 2 weeks, hope some of the color will still be there. Thanks for the great pictures!
I may not be able to find you, but, I know where to find Jill when we come!!! Have a great week!
Children of blog readers stopping by! (And pretty soon grandchildren…) How fun. Your are so much appreciated by so many, Bree, as you share your beautiful island life with so much hospitality.
I’ve never walked through the mission district. Have to put that on the to-do list as it looks wonderful.
Brian! You’re missing one of the island’s prettiest areas!
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Congratulations on the sale of your condo! I can appreciate the difficulty that your going to deal with but it will work out. A nice photo tour of the east side. It’s unfortunate that you didn’t go another 100 yards to Small Point a B&B with a lot of history. I can’t remember ever seeing a photo of it in your collections. Maybe next year when you get things worked out.
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Hi Dick! I’ve had many photos of Small Point Inn in past blogs. It’s a beautiful place, and you’re right – it has quite a history! It was once on the campus of Mackinac College and was moved to its present location. I’ll see if I can go back and find one and send it to you. Thanks so much for your comment. > Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2013 00:58:00 +0000 > To: firstname.lastname@example.org >