Mackinac June Visit – Last Day on the Island 6/25/15

The last day of our June visit to Mackinac was on Wednesday, and after spending the morning writing a Stonecliffe post, I hopped on a waiting taxi to meet Jill and Sue for lunch. Already on board the taxi were a couple from Kentucky and a lady with her daughter.  The daughter (I wrote down all the names and have somehow lost them – imagine that) was from Canada, and her mom was visiting her – in the states for the first time.  And that’s how . . .

. . . three moms (one from Kentucky, one from Saudi Arabia and me) spent a taxi ride sharing stories and cell phone photos of children and grandchildren.  The lady from Saudi Arabia didn't speak a word of English, but her daughter translated for us.  She was so sweet and funny and must have shown us a hundred photos of her family.  Only on Mackinac!

. . . three moms (one from Kentucky, one from Saudi Arabia and me) spent a taxi ride sharing stories and cell phone photos of children and grandchildren. The lady from Saudi Arabia didn’t speak a word of English, but her daughter translated for us. She was so sweet and funny and must have shown us a hundred photos of her family. Only on Mackinac!

We ate lunch at Millie's on Main and then took a long walk together - it felt just like old times!  So glad a stranger asked if he could take our photo so we could all be in the shot!

We ate lunch at Millie’s on Main and then took a long walk together – it felt just like old times! So glad a stranger asked if he could take our photo so we could all be in this shot in front of the lilacs!

I know the middle of June is well past “spring” in most places in the country, but with the high temps being only in the low 60’s, most of the island flower gardens haven’t been in the ground long.  But, Mackinac always manages to look beautiful for the Lilac Festival, and this year was no different.

The steeple of St. Anne's always makes a wonderful backdrop for the Main Street lilacs.

The steeple of St. Anne’s always makes a wonderful backdrop for the Main Street lilacs.

Hard to believe a couple of weeks ago, there were no flowers in these beds at all.  It's just another bit of Mackinac magic!

Hard to believe a couple of weeks ago, there were no flowers in these beds at all. It’s just another bit of Mackinac magic!

One of the new places to visit on the island - the Peace Garden behind the Richard and Jane Manoogian Art Museum . . .

One of the new places to visit on the island – the Peace Garden behind the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum in Marquette Park. 

What a great place for a little quiet time!

The garden represents the longstanding peaceful relationship between the United States and Canada since the end of the War of 1812.  Jack Barnwell and his crew did a beautiful job with the landscaping – what a great place for a little quiet time!

Jill had to leave us to go to work, and I needed to get back to Stonecliffe to start packing.  Sue walked with me as far as the Grand Hotel, and we decided to go out on the porch so we could photograph the tulips from above.

The entrance to the Grand!

The entrance to the Grand!

An awesome view past the geraniums on that long front porch.

An awesome view past the geraniums down Cadotte Avenue.

What an awesome landscaping achievement.  A pinwheel garden of tulips!

What an amazing landscaping achievement – a pinwheel garden of tulips!

Sadie's Ice Cream Parlor was doing a brisk business - even in the chilly temps.

Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor was doing a brisk business – even in the chilly temps.

Have any of my readers ever played chess with these life-size chess pieces?

Have any of my readers ever played chess with these life-size chess pieces?

Another view of the tulips from above. . .

Another view of the tulips from above. . .

. . . and one from eye-level.

. . . and one from eye-level.

I walked past the Grand to Four Corners and hooked a left onto Annex Road - which took me straight back to Stonecliffe.

I walked past the Grand to Four Corners and hooked a left onto Annex Road – which took me straight back to Stonecliffe.

What a fun, fun trip!  We can’t wait to get back in August for six weeks on the island! 

This will be the last post on Bree’s Mackinac Island Blog until we return to the island in August.  I’ll be back on Sunday on the To Be Clay blog (http://bree2015.wordpress.com) to catch you up on everything that’s been happening at the beach for the last couple of weeks.Hope to see you then!

God bless.

Personal Note:  Please lift prayers for continued healing for our former neighbor and great friend Chief “Duck” Andress.  Duck cut off two of his fingers last week while working on his world-famous walking sticks in his shop.  He is doing great, but a few extra prayers never hurt!

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7 thoughts on “Mackinac June Visit – Last Day on the Island 6/25/15

  1. Love….love….love your Mackinac postings that have flower photos, especially tulips and lilacs. So glad you were there this year in time to make the photos to share with us blog readers…

  2. We spent a lovely time at the Grand Hotel ( a gift from our children) the same time you were there. The tulips were so pretty, as ours have been gone for quite some time, and they were planting the gardens in front of Sadies. Loved the Grand–a once in a lifetime experience. The geraniums on the porch were also so pretty. Loved all the pots lining the streets too. Love your blog and memories.

  3. Always love your posts from the Island. We are here right now. WALKED the entire perimeter of the Island today, stopping off for fried pickles at the Cannonball at British Landing. I am sooooo tired! We are heading home tomorrow…been here since Sunday. I am missing my kitty and ready to see her again. Will be back to the Island in August for a week with my parents. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • I’ve only WALKED the perimeter once, Melody, and I wore the wrong shoes that day. Thought my feet would never recover! Love biking it though!

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  4. Wow, I am truly humbled to see how the majesty of Mackinac Island can bring people together. I am also glad that that stranger offered to take a photo of you and your friends in front of the lilacs because they look beautiful! Glad your last day on the Island was a fantastic one and I cannot wait to see you return.

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