Living downtown in the Mission District has quite a few advantages over living “up the hill” past the Grand Hotel. Here are a few:
- A bike ride to town and back does not include a prayer request for your brakes to not fail and many, MANY stops on the way back home to catch your breathe.
- If we forget to buy bread, the trip to Doud’s only takes 10 minutes (round-trip)!
- Being much closer to the water, we get the full sound affects from the harbor – freighters blowing salutes, ferries blowing at other ferries, and the buoy bell.
- And my personal favorite – being able to hear Taps played at 10:00 each night from the fort ramparts. Priceless..
The disadvantages are:
- Cutting out that hill also cuts down on the daily exercise. My big plan to ride around the island every day has so far – sadly- not happened.
- Being closer to town makes it a lot easier to opt out of cooking dinner. With so many restaurants within a 10-minute walk or a five-minute bike ride, we find ourselves eating out more. Add that to less exercise, and our waistlines are sure to suffer the consequences.
- We miss the Village and our friends up there! We see many of them downtown every day, but it’s not the same as being “amongst” them!
But I AM NOT complaining! We are so fortunate to have found a place for six weeks that allowed us to bring our pooches, and the only thing bothering us is that our stay is almost half-way over already. Where the heck is the time going?!
Tonight I’m going to share a bunch of pics I’ve been collecting for the last few days as we’ve been here and there around the island. And later this week (probably Sunday) I’ll be sharing photographs from the Grand Garden Show. I can promise you those photos are going to make you want to get online or on the phone and book your reservations for next year’s show. I know I’m going to be there again!
A LITTLE BIKE RIDE
Even though I haven’t biked all the way around the island yet, I HAVE done half that ride. Ted and I biked out to Silver Birches one afternoon, hoping owner/friend Liz would be there. We were out of luck on that, but we did get a couple of photographs from outside the gates.
We’ve heard it will be the summer of 2017 when this property is open for guests, and when we saw the massive restoration going on, we could sure understand why it might take that long. All I can say is that once this property is completed, it will be one of the premier destination spots on Mackinac. Hoping to get a tour inside before we leave at the end of September!
Instead of finishing the ride around the island, we chose to turn up British Landing Road and stop at Croghan Water, named after Colonel George Croghan, Commander of the American forces during the Battle of Mackinac Island on August 4, 1814.
Croghan Water is a natural drainage area for rain and meltwater from the surrounding fields and woods. It’s not fed by a running stream or springs, so it goes through cycles of wet and dry periods. Every spring the marsh is filled with life as it’s an excellent environment for animals, birds, and vegetation that thrive in cool, damp wetlands. By autumn, the marsh is frequently dried up, leaving the bare stalks of cattails and rushes.
It always amazes me how nature finds a way to replenish itself. Even though this tree trunk was barely showing above the earth, new leaves were pushing out and skyward.
Looking down British Landing Road – which we’d just ridden up . . . .
. . . and further up – where Ted is stopped next to the sign marking where American soldiers futilely attempted to drive the British from their hill in 1814.
That battlefield is now Wawashkamo Golf Club, one of very few American courses laid out in a links style that remains substantially unaltered, and the only nine-hole course in America to be designated an American Historic Golf Landmark by Golf Digest.
Back in town. It was a great day to hang out in Marquette Park . . .
. . . or sit on the corner and watch the world go by!
HANGING OUT AT GRAND HOTEL
I can always count on getting some pretty good photos just by going and hanging out at Grand Hotel, and this day was no different. Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor is surrounded by flowers on the outside and filled with frozen yumminess on the inside!
The Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence – as seen from the porch at the Grand.
The western portico and its fabulous view over the Straits of Mackinac.
A Grand omnibus approaching the entrance to pick up guests going downtown.
The Grand Rose Garden – through the trees.
It’s been great fun to connect with readers and friends over the last few days!
Patty and Buz, our condo neighbors at Surrey Ridge (from Oklahoma), as well as Cindy and Steve, who bought our condo (from Atlanta). We all had lunch together at Gatehouse after church Sunday.
Katie, her husband Kevin, and precious little Claire – blog readers from Clarkston, MI who stopped us on a recent dog walk. Loved meeting y’all, and give your mom a big hug for me!
Girl friends Patty and Sue. Sue spent two nights with us on the island, and the three of us had a blast “doing” the show!
Others have been Hilde and Bud (why didn’t I get a photo?), Paul and Elaine (same question), Stu Stuart (same question), Joleen and her husband (who I never saw, but they saw Jill), and two ladies at the Garden Show who introduced themselves as readers (I didn’t get their photos and I can’t remember their names, but I think they both started with a “J” – how far off am I, ladies?). One thing, sweet readers – don’t EVER hesitate to introduce yourselves – no matter what I might be doing. I LOVE meeting all of you!
Wedding photos in the Mission Point intersection below our condo.
One of my favorite curves on M-85.
Yes, there is a young person who rides this bike filled with soft drinks up and down Grand Hotel porch. Don’t you just love that?!
Mission Point Resort from Robinson’s Folly.
Island friend and owner of the Island Bookstore, Mary Jane Barnwell, at her recent book signing at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island.
The book, Goodnight, Mackinac Island – A Vacation Journal, was written by Mary Jane and illustrated by wonderful Mackinac artist Lily Porter. This is the first Mackinac Island board book for toddlers!!
A FEW FLOWERS TO GET YOU READY FOR THE NEXT BLOG ABOUT THE GARDEN SHOW!
And – as a real tease – one of the gardens you’ll be seeing from the perspective of the cottage owner – not as a visitor to the island . . .
Whew! I told you I’ve been busy!!
Hope everyone is doing great and getting ready for an awesome weekend! And I hope you’ll join me back here on Sunday for the garden tour to end all garden tours!!