Come Walk With Me! 9/17/16

Oh. My. Gosh! What beautiful weather we’re having on Mackinac this week!  All the humidity is gone, the temps are in the high 60’s during the day and low 50’s at night, and we’re beginning to see a red leaf here and there.  I can feel Fall standing just behind the curtains – waiting backstage for just the right moment to appear in all her glory!

With that thought in mind, I set out with my camera on a walk a couple of days ago.  I didn’t capture too much in the way of fall colors, but I sure had fun looking!  My photo idea for the walk was to focus on Mackinac fences, and I did that some, but it really just turned into one of my “happy walks”!

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Just past the new condos is this tall wooden fence.  There is one on both sides of the road here, and they hide some of Grand Hotel”s maintenance equipment.  The gates are seldom open, but if you happen by at the right (or wrong) time, you might spot someone leaving on a riding lawnmower!

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This open fencing borders the back side of the first nine holes of Grand Hotel’s Jewel Golf Course.  Since we’ve moved right across the street from the course, Ted has been “climbing the fence” after the flags are removed in the afternoon and trying to improve his golf game (yes, it’s ok to do that – I promise he won’t get in trouble).

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This beautiful team of horses came by while I was at the golf course fence.  Pretty sure they are Percherons.

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Looking across the golf course to Little Stone Church.

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This serpentine white picket fence surrounds the Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence.  Wonder where that bench on the dray was going?

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The Governor’s residence is to the right of this photo.  I’m standing at the summit of Fort Hill, looking out over the harbor – a fantastic vista!

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I turned left, walked up a small hill, and spotted a team of dray horses through the trees.

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Sometimes a fence can be a living thing – like this hedge at the back of Fort Mackinac.

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The North Sally Port entrance to the fort.  On July 17, 1812, American troops marched through this gate to surrender to the British.  This is not a public entrance but is used by State Park and Tea Room employees, tour groups with a State Park escort, and service vehicles.  And it’s handicap friendly.

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I cut through the open area beside the fort and passed several private residences on my way to. . . .

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. . . the Somewhere in Time gazebo, scene of dozens of island weddings each summer.

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The view from inside the gazebo.

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From the gazebo, it’s just a short walk over shaded dirt paths to Anne’s Tablet, where you can stand at that split rail fence and see . . .

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. . . the entire marina, the bay, Round and Bois Blanc Islands, and both lighthouses.

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There are many short trails that meander near Anne’s Tablet.  One takes you to . . .

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. . . the edge of a cliff that drops straight down.  Careful on that one!

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Another leads to a fence-bordered set of very steep stairs leading down to the back of Marquette Park in town, and one leads to . . .

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. . . . the East Bluff, where Victorian cottages reign over . . . .

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. . . what could possibly be the best of all views of town and the Straits of Mackinac.

I retraced my steps to the back side of the fort, then took a shortcut through the State Park Maintenance buildings area. Love this old building that has probably know many uses over the years . . .

I retraced my steps to the back side of the fort, then took a shortcut through the State Park Maintenance buildings area. Love this old building that has probably known many uses over the years . . .

. . . but right now is mostly used for storage.

. . . but right now seems to be mostly used for storage.

Beyond the maintenance area I come to this fork in the road I know so well.

Beyond the maintenance area I come to this well-known fork in the road.

Picking the road on the left and walking just a few steps, I come to the Cupid's pathway sign. Directly across from that sign is the shortcut path we would take through the woods going home to Surrey Hill.

Picking the road on the left and walking just a few steps, I come to the Cupid’s pathway sign (on the right). Directly across from that sign is the shortcut path we would take through the woods going home to Surrey Hill.

I've found myself avoiding this path all summer because it was one of the most frequently walked paths Bear and I. We'd choose it as the shortcut for one of our adventures and as the shortcut for our way home from anywhere.

I’ve found myself avoiding this path all summer because it was one of the most frequently walked paths for Bear and I. We’d choose it as the shortcut to one of our adventures and as the shortest way home from those adventures.  I knew what was going to happen, but I turned down the path anyway.  Just a few steps, and tears filled my eyes and rolled down my cheeks.

That tree up ahead (the one on the left and closest to the path) is the one I'd slip behind and hide while Ted, Maddie and Bear walked on ahead. As soon as Bear would look back and not see me, he'd fly down the path to find his lost mom.

That tree up ahead (the one on the left and closest to the path) is the one I’d slip behind and hide while Ted, Maddie and Bear walked on ahead. As soon as Bear would look back and not see me, he’d fly down the path to find his lost mom.  And then he’d dance happily all around, and sometimes . . . .

. . . many times that would be followed by one of his famous "Bear zooms" through the woods at full speed.

. . .  that would be followed by one of his famous “Bear zooms” through the woods at full speed.

My heart has been so heavy this summer without my sweet boy. I love this photo of us taken several years ago on a beautiful Fall day.

My heart has been heavy this summer without my sweet boy. I love this photo of us taken several years ago on a beautiful Fall day.  I’m praying for many years ahead on Mackinac, sharing this beautiful island, with Bear’s blessing, with Bodie.  Just the thought of Bodie makes me smile

That special path takes another fork toward the end. One way leads to the back of the carriage museum at Surrey Hill and the other, which I took, comes out behind the building which houses one of the island's fire trucks.

That special path takes another fork toward the end. One way leads to the back of the carriage museum at Surrey Hill and the other, which I took, comes out behind the building which houses one of the island’s fire trucks.

Behind the fire truck building, a walk across the area which houses the offices of the electricity company, out into the open in front of Grand Hotel Stable . . . . and I'm back to the condo!

Behind the fire truck building, it’s a short walk across the area which houses the offices of the electricity company, then out into the open in front of Grand Hotel Stable.  And I’m back to the condo!

Can’t tell you how excited we are to have dinner planned on Monday evening with a dozen or so blog readers.  Right now my reservations list includes Lowell & Faye, Kem & Ed, Yvonne & Tony, Hilde & Bud, Joleen & Bruce, Pam & Mike Day, and Jill.  If you’re a blog reader and going to be on the island Monday, Sept. 19, and want to join us at the Chippewa at 6:00 p.m., please email me at brendasumnerhorton@hotmail.com so I can add you to the list!

God bless.

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34 thoughts on “Come Walk With Me! 9/17/16

  1. Oh, I wish we could be there on the 19th, but we just returned from a road trip to Colorado to see our grandson at the Air Force Academy. After driving through lots of beautiful mountains and gorgeous views, I still was so happy to see your blog today! You showed me lots of places I’ve never seen on the island and others that were so familiar! Mackinac Island is still my favorite!! Karen Strusz

    • One of my sons lives in Colorado, Karen, and I love visiting him there. It is a beautiful place too, but Mackinac is still my favorite too.

  2. I love this post. This post is what so many people will never know of Mackinac. So many people never get past “downtown.” I talk to so many people about Mackinac and when I talk of different trails or landmarks up into the island, they’re like, “What?”…”Where?”
    So many folks don’t get past Main St. or the “touristy” things. I love the rich history and exploring the woods…just getting lost up “IN” the island. People always say to me, “Don’t you get bored going up there every year?” or “Don’t you run out of things to do there?” ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?! I answer a big, “NOOOOOO! and NO WAY!” 🙂

  3. Wish I could be there for the dinner and I’m sorry I missed you on the island yesterday. My Mom and I were taking the carriage tour and we talked to Denise for a short time. Wish we were staying longer but unfortunately we are leaving on Monday. Just loved the island. 😀

    • Judi, I so wish I had gotten Denise’s first message right after she sent it instead of an hour later! Would have loved to meet you both! Please don’t hesitate to stop me downtown, if you see me down there before you leave!

  4. Brenda, is that gorgeous view from the West Bluff instead of the East? Or am I confused? (Would not surprise me if I was!)

  5. Thank you for your awesome pictures today. So many memories come to mind. Also had tears thinking of Bear! These long gone dogs of ours surely tug at out hearts. By the way, is there any news regarding Molly?

    • Molly is doing well, Mary Ellen! She and her husband live right behind the new condos, and I’ve talked to her and see her often.

  6. I loved going on your walk with you in this blog. On a future trip, I will love to explore those trails. Even though I never got to meet Bear in person, I tear up every time you do in your writing. Maybe that is because I am experiencing how deep love can be with my own fur baby. But Bodie is waiting to bring more love your way.

  7. Thank you so much for the lovely walk around the island. Mackinac touched my heart like no other spot on this earth. I miss it so much…..

  8. I miss the trails but I miss Bear more. He was like the fresnel lens we saw at the museum the last time we were up there with you. His light shines forth in concentric circles and his life reaches far beyond the life that he had as your fur baby. I miss him like he was my own.

  9. We’ll miss the dinner by a week, we’ll arrive on the island on Sunday the 25th for five nights – hope to see you sometime that week on our biking travels! Loved the walk – Anne’s Tablet is my favorite spot – so peaceful.

  10. Wonderful and beautiful Mackinac is even better in your eyes than I could ever imagine. You will never know how much I love this place until I am there with you one day. I will come to Mackinac. It’s just too special not to be there in person. I miss you and Bear even more now that I am not visiting anymore. Love you.

  11. We have yet to find Anne’s Table! I have more information now for this blog to help us find it. Each time we go to the island we explore a little more but we still love our old routine hangouts! We will be on the island Oct. 10-14th but I think you will have gone by then. Our vacation plans changed at the last minute so decided to head up north! Have a great time at your luncheon!

  12. Brenda, I am glad you were able to make that “walk”…. as hard as it had to be….. your grief will someday turn to peace. It will take time…. we all feel your pain and pray that empty hole in your heart will soon be filled.

    Thanks for sharing the fences…. what a great idea! Your love for the Island is evident and we are blessed to be able to see it through your eyes. Love, Lindie

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  13. I really enjoyed going for the walk with you. A wonderful foretaste of the Island. It’s going to be very interesting to be able to put faces to some of your blog readers Monday evening. I’m sure sorry Frankie won’t be able to be there.

  14. Loved your post and all your gorgeous pictures! Wish I could join all the blog followers on Monday. So glad Lowell and Faye are able to get back to the Island! Have a wonderful dinner!

  15. Hi Bree, Love the photo of you and Bear, such a beautiful boy. Thanks for sharing. Miss seeing him but am looking forward to what I’m sure will turn into hundreds of pics of Bodie. And Maddy too. Take care.

  16. Brenda, I truly enjoyed your walk, however, when you mentioned Bear and his seeking out his lost mom, the walk ended as it brought back many great memories of our Baron and our Corkie. We had Baron for nearly 16 years and Corkie for nearly 13 years. Their games and antics with the kids, Diane and I left us with so many memories. They were family and I miss them both. I am so happy that Brodie will fill a void for you that I have learned to live with!!

    • They do give us wonderful memories, Dave. I can’t imagine being without one for very long. And you never know, Dave. There could be another pooch in your future. 😊

  17. Thank you, thank you for the walk! Every week I look at my schedule to see if I can squeeze in a trip. I have not found time & it will be the first Fall in several years I am not there. 😦 The walk with you today made this easier. You took me to some of my favorite spots and gave me a few to find next trip.
    The minute you mentioned Bear, my eyes teared up. ♡ Happy Bodie is in the near future. No doubt Bear is saying, it’s about time Mom!
    Gail
    P.S. If I could hop in the car and be there in time for dinner, I sure would. Enjoy!

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