Are you kidding me?! We’ve been here almost SIX WEEKS?! Are you kidding me?!
Oh. My. Gosh! It’s just unbelievable how fast these weeks have flown by. And we’ve been so busy I know I haven’t shown you nearly enough of beautiful Mackinac – and that’s why you come to this blog!! So, I’m going to try to remedy that, because . . .IT’S PHOTO NIGHT!!
Here’s a sampling of what I’ve captured through my lens during the last couple of weeks. There are a LOT of pics, but believe me, there were a LOT more I could have posted. But then you’d have been here when you should have been working – or sleeping – or eating!
Let’s start with cuteness, with a capital “C” – for Chester! Chester belongs to friend Bart, who also happens to be a volunteer fireman on Mackinac. So . . . now the Mackinac Island Fire Department has an official Dalmatian fire dog mascot!!
I wonder what we can get into today!
A walk to the ferry one morning took me by The Island House and its magnificent gardens . . .
. . . . and Fort Mackinac, framed by newly mown grass and that incredible Michigan-blue sky.
So excited to see good friend Frankie and her friend Sue when we met a few days ago in Mackinaw City. We rode over to Petoskey and had lunch at Stafford’s Bay View Inn. What a charming place and what yummy food! It was a great day, Frankie!
View that same day when I got back to the island – looking at the steeple of Mission Church from one of the third floor bedroom windows. A peaceful sunset on Mackinac.
We FINALLY made it up to Fort Holmes last week! This is what it looked like the last time I was up there (two years ago) . . .
. . . and here it is now!!
What an awesome job they did reconstructing the fort, both outside . . .
. . . and inside. The fort’s history is told on placards around the wall.
As you top that last rise of the road leading up past the cemetery, and the structure comes into view, it just takes your breath away . . .
. . . and so does the view from the “top of the island”.
From Fort Holmes we walked up one of my favorite paths to Lookout Point . . .
. . . and even though there was very little “color change” looking out toward Sugar Loaf . . .
. . . we did spot a few leaves turning red in the tops of a couple of trees.
This tree downtown next to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Art Museum is always one of the first to show its fall colors, and this year is no different.
Even though summer is officially over on the calendar, Mackinac’s flowers are still blooming their hearts out – like here at The Cottage Inn on Market Street . . .
. . . and near Anne’s Cottage on Main Street.
The hanging baskets are still going strong and continue to grow more beautiful each day.
These pink and green bikes . . .
. . . seem to match the pink and green baskets on the front of a downtown cottage.
A freighter passing . . . as seen between downtown condos.
So good to run into Pam and Mike Day (from Ohio) while out biking the other day. These two might love Mackinac as much as I do . . . notice I said “might” . . . it’s pretty close though. They’re on the island around this time every year and are two of the sweetest folks I’ve ever met!
As you may or may not be aware, last weekend the island was host to the Republican Leadership Conference, and five or six of the candidates in the running for the Republican Presidential nomination were here to speak. While waiting for Carly Fiorina to arrive, I ran into one of my favorite Mackinac Island photographers, Steven Blair. Steven owns Artistic Mackinac Gallery & Studio on Astor Street. If you’re ever in the market for beautiful photography of beautiful Mackinac, you need to stop into Steven’s shop. Bet you don’t walk out empty-handed!
I managed to get a few shots of Fiorina – both arriving on the Shepler dock . . .
. . . and close up, as she walked down for a meet & greet at Mary’s Bistro.
This photo of me with Jeb Bush is from two years ago. He was on the island to speak at the Detroit Chamber of Commerce conference and was leaving just as I arrived from volunteering with Shepler’s on the mainland that day. There were maybe three people standing around, and I don’t think any of them realized who he was. He was carrying his own luggage.
What a difference two years makes! This is Bush’s arrival last week! (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)
Being so close to town this year, I’ve spent more time out and about after dark. These next three photos are from a sunset stroll to the condo after dinner at the Chippewa. Lady Liberty stands guard over the marina.
The Island House . . .
. . . and Mission Church.
We had lunch recently with Steve and Cindy, who bought our condo. They are so sweet and love the condo AND Mackinac a lot. They’re from Atlanta and spend most of the summer up here – just like we did.
Things you never want to see on Mackinac – fire trucks! Early last Sunday morning a piecing alarm went off just across the street from us, followed within two minutes with the arrival of our Mackinac Island Fire Department. Turned out a sprinkler system pipe had sprung a leak and set off the alarm. Geez – sure wouldn’t wish THAT on anyone. But – so glad it wasn’t a fire. Our firemen were on it in record time!
On the way off island for a final grooming appointment before going home. . . .
. . . and spreading “Bear love” wherever he goes.
We ran into Mary Lou Peters, my favorite watercolor artist, in the Island Bookstore this afternoon. Love this talented lady!
Here’s a good one to end with! We stopped in at Sadie’s this week so Ted could have a Jersey Mudd. Not to be outdone, I ordered their “special of the day”, a Brownie Scotch sundae. Someone on Faceebook asked me if it was the camera angle that made my sundae look five times bigger than Ted’s. No, it really WAS five times bigger!
I can’t WAIT until tomorrow. For some reason, this seems to be a week when a pretty good number of Bree’s Mackinac Island Blog readers are on the island. Since I’m working at the Stuart House tomorrow, everyone I could get in contact with is going to show up at the Stuart House at 10:30 a.m. for a group photo, with Jill doing the photography honors. IF you read Bree’s Blog and you’re on the island and want to join us – whether you’re from out of town or an island reader – please come on by Thursday morning and join in the fun! 10:30 a.m. at the Stuart House!!
Excited to see everyone!!!