Imagine you’re six years old. Imagine it’s your first Fall Break of 1st grade. Imagine your mom tells you you’re going someplace “cold” on vacation, so you know you’re not going to the beach where BeBe and G-Daddy live. Imagine you’re really bummed about that ’cause you’ve asked several times over the last few weeks, “when are we going to see BeBe and G-Daddy again?”
So you settle into your plane seat in Atlanta, armed with electronic entertainment, and resign yourself to going somewhere the “grown-ups” want to go. You change planes in Detroit, climb on a much smaller jet, and arrive at a really small airport. You come through the door to the terminal, looking around at crazy stuff like bears, cougars and deer – stuff you don’t normally see in an airport. And then, even though you imagine you see BeBe and G-Daddy standing right there in front of you, how can that be possible?
But it is!
And that’s how one little boy arrived on Mackinac Island Thursday afternoon – with Jason and mom Jennifer. I told him on the ferry ride over we were going to a place where there were no cars. His eyes got big. Then I told him we’d catch a taxi to the condo. Now he’s totally confused.
That moment when Alex spots – in the street – what’s causing that amazing only-on-Mackinac aroma!
What a blast we had for four days with these three! They were right about going someplace “cold” – we had highs in the low 50’s and low’s in the 30’s while they were here. But, they took our advice and brought layers, so everyone stayed warm outside.
Through special arrangements with Grand Hotel we were able to go on a very special carriage tour on Friday, and Alex got to sit up front on the driver’s seat with Ben Mosley. for the entire tour. He loved it!
Thanks to neighbor and friend Pam Day for this shot of our entourage as we passed by Cedar Hill Condos.
While on the tour, we saw most of the special places on Mackinac. As you can see, fall foliage has definitely arrived on the island, and Point Lookout is one of the best places to view vast expanses of beautiful trees all dressed up for Autumn.
Next stop was Fort Holmes.
We traveled on a lot of woods trails, flanked on both sides by trees just beginning to show their most brilliant colors.
Our last stop was the West Bluff . . .
. . . and our ride ended at Grand Hotel for lunch!
Alex and G-Daddy, enjoying a stroll downtown . . .
. . . racing up Turkey Hill . . .
. . . and cutting across the Jewel to look for golf balls. They found some too!
On Sunday we biked halfway around the island and had lunch at the Cannonball at British Landing.
We decided to cut through the island on British Landing Road, enjoying lots of fall color along the way.
Stopping for a breather near Wawashkamo, where it seemed like a perfectly great idea to . . .
. . . stop and play 9 holes of golf on the course’s last day of the season. Only the guys played – Jen and I watched, drove the carts and kept score. Love this pic of Jason and Alex taking their practice shots.
Sunday night was also the last night Woods Restaurant was open this year, and thank goodness we’d made reservations! The place was packed with locals and a few island visitors also. Such a great way to finish up our time together.
Too soon it was Monday morning. We drove them to Pellston to pick up a rental car, which they drove to Detroit to catch an afternoon flight. We had such a great time with these three! It was a little colder than expected, and that ride out to Woods Restaurant on Sunday evening on the taxi was pretty chilly. But we wrapped up in the blankets the taxis carry, and Jason told Alex ghost stories all the way back in the dark . . . . ’cause that’s just what you do on a cold, dark night on a taxi in the woods on Mackinac Island.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but we’ll be leaving on the first ferry out Saturday morning. Before then – probably Friday night – I’ll get out one more blog post to wrap up our time here this year. It’s gone by way too fast – as always!
A FEW MORE PICS
Alex among the pumpkins on the steps of The Cottage Inn on Market Street.
Gorgeous sunset over the big barn by neighbor and friend Eugenia Murray.
View across the Jewel Golf Course at dusk.
That moment when Ben handed Alex the reins and let him “drive” for 2.5 seconds. Alex’s favorite part of the tour though was when he spotted a huge flock of geese on the open space of grass across the road behind the fort, and Ben drove the horses off the road and straight through them – sending them honking and flying! Hmmm . . . I think that was my favorite part too!