These last days before we leave are speeding by now. It’s Wednesday, and I’ve been doing all those “girly” things I do before any trip – covering my gray roots, getting a new hair cut, splurging on a French manicure (because it will last longer than color and I’ve got to find out if the lady who did my nails last summer in Cheboygan is still in business), and then really pampering myself with a pedicure!
Ted – with the help of neighbor and friend Toney – has taken the boat out of the water and put it in dry storage. We have to do that in case a hurricane should churn ashore here while we’re gone. If it did, and it was powerful enough, all the boats in our inlet would have to be taken out. In strong enough winds, and high enough tides, they could be swept off their lifts and into our houses.
Neighbors are temporarily adopting my houseplants, bless their hearts.
We’re going to leave early (very early) Saturday morning. We’ll spend the first night in Atlanta with Jason, and then we’ll try to get somewhere in Michigan by Sunday night. We’re due on Mackinac Monday, July 18.
Jill texted me today that it was “hot and humid” on the island this week. I immediately checked the Weather Channel and found that the “feel like” temp on Mackinac was 79. The “feel like” temp here in Beverly Beach at the same time was 97. Heat is relative.
I began packing today. It’s going to be hard when I get around to packing the few little things Maddie will need. Bear and Maddie together had a whole piece of luggage (a fairly large piece) for themselves. This year Maddie’s things will go into a small tote. The 30-lb bag of dogfood has been replaced by a 5-lb bag, there are fewer toys, fewer chew bones, fewer bowls, fewer meds, no grooming equipment. How I miss my big boy, and how I will miss him on Mackinac. Walks in the woods won’t be the same this year, but I’m hoping by next summer we’ll have another big fur baby to run the woods with us.
The second week after we arrive our precious Jordan and Matthew are flying up (without Matt and Julie) to spend a week with us! We are so excited we can hardly stand it. It’s been several years since they’ve been to Mackinac, and we are so proud – given the choices of where they could go for a week – they chose us!
It will be difficult leaving Sunset Inlet. Since we departed last summer, our neighborhood of 31 houses has almost been completed – only one home remains unsold. Folks we didn’t know at all almost two years ago are now good friends. I won’t miss this heat, but I will surely miss each and every one of them. There’s talk a couple or two may come up to see us this summer or fall, We hope so!!
Even though I’m sad to be leaving all this behind, to say I’m looking forward to sharing my special island with all of you again for three months is such an understatement. I’m hoping to fill this blog with enough words and enough photographs to satisfy the most ardent Mackinac Island fan.
I’ll be posting to Facebook while we’re driving up, so we can stay connected that way if we’re “friends”. I’ll be happy to accept a friend request from you if you’ll make a note on the request that you are a blog reader!
I’ll be posting a blog from the island as soon as we arrive, and I get everything set up! As always, safe travel prayers will be so appreciated.
See y’all soon from beautiful, magical, and COOL Mackinac!