MORE SNOW ON MACKINAC
Mackinac Island was hit by a late season snow storm this week – but nobody was complaining too much. The snow allowed folks who had stranded snowmobiles parked around the island to move them to proper spots for transport to summer storage. The island could have done without the damage to a dock, of course, but repair work will begin on that very soon.
As the snow day began, a taxi makes a run to town from up on the East Bluff.
As the day progressed, the winds increased . . .
. . . and this seawall took quite a pounding. (This photo and one above: Tony Boom
Damage to a dock. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)
On the mainland this would have almost certainly been a “snow day” for school, but on Mackinac, where students arrive by snowmobile, it was business at usual. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)
The snow continued throughout the day, but tapered off as darkness began to fall. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)
An almost-full-moon over the Straits. (Photo: Steve Fridley)
The Arnold Dock – with Easter egg lighting! (Photo: Robert McGreevy)
An early morning view of town, the Straits, the bridge and the moon. (Photo: Clark Bloswick.
Early morning ferry ride. (Photo: Bobby Lee)
Angelique, a friend and neighbor here in Sunset Inlet, shared this photo this week. A family member of hers took the picture in 1947, and it shows the Mackinaw City ferry station. This is BEFORE the Mackinac Bridge was built. The tall building was an elevator for the car ferry and still stands today. (Photo information from Mackinac island resident Jason St. Onge)
FROM OUR NECK OF THE WOODS
I was walking out of Florida Hospital Flagler after volunteering this week and noticed that a whole bed of azaleas was blooming! As prevalent as these flowers are in Georgia, I don’t see them that much in Florida. Just had to snap a photo!
Where I work in the ER on Thursday mornings!
What a wonderful Easter Sunday we’ve had in Florida today. Ted and I were up – literally – before the break of dawn and heading for the little park in downtown Flagler Beach for a community sunrise service.
Several days of rain had made the chances of an outdoor service sketchy at best, but the clouds parted . . .
. . . the crowds came . . .
. . . and we were all blessed by the story of Christ’s resurrection. He is Risen!
We’d just gotten home from breakfast after the sunrise service when friends from Georgia called to say they were 20 minutes away, on the way back home, and could they stop by. Of course! So good to spend a little time with Tommy and Dawn this morning! Y’all come back when you can stay longer!
LATE AFTERNOON VISITOR
I was just about to publish what I’d written above when Ted shouted, “Manatee!” I grabbed the camera, and we spent the next hour with several of our neighbors running from dock to dock and along the seawall, following this enormous creature. She (we’ve all decided it’s a she just because she’s so friendly, calm, beautiful, and appreciative) swam right over to wherever we gathered and proceeded to put on quite the show!
First spotted in the inlet . . .
. . . coming at us. . .
. . . a perspective on how big she is! She has multiple old wounds from boat propellers and is missing part of her tail. Quite the old warrior she is.
Rolled over and relaxing just off the seawall.
Head and eyes . . .
This mama has definitely spent time around humans before!
Amazing place we live!
God bless, and have a great week!