Family Fall Fun! 10/12/16

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?”

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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?

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But it is!

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Thanks to neighbor and friend Pam Day for this shot of our entourage as we passed by Cedar Hill Condos.

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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.

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Next stop was Fort Holmes.

We traveled through a lot of woods and trails flanked on both sides by trees just beginning to show their most brilliant colors.

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 . . .

Our last stop was the West Bluff . . .

. . . and our ride ended at Grand Hotel for lunch.

. . . and our ride ended at Grand Hotel for lunch!

Alex and G-Daddy, enjoying a stroll downtown . . .

Alex and G-Daddy, enjoying a stroll downtown . . .

. . . racing up Turkey Hill . . .

. . . racing up Turkey Hill . . .

. . . and cutting across the Jewel to look for golf balls.

. . . 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 British Landing.

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 lot of fall color along the way.

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 . . .

Stopping for a breather near Wawashkamo, where it seemed like a perfectly great idea to . . .

. . . to play 9 holes of golf on the course's last day of the season.

. . . 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.

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!

God bless.

A FEW MORE PICS

Alex among the pumpkins on the steps of The Cottage Inn on Market Street.

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.

Gorgeous sunset over the big barn by neighbor and friend Eugenia Murray.

View from the Jewel Golf Course.

View across  the Jewel Golf Course at dusk.

That moment when Ben handed Alex the reins and let him "drive" for 2.5 seconds.

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!

 

 

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21 thoughts on “Family Fall Fun! 10/12/16

  1. What a special, sweet little guy! So very handsome too..🤗…..
    It’s always wonderful to see our beloved island through the eyes of a child!
    Saturday already, we’ll to say it’s bittersweet this year. Especially,when you have the wonderful Sir Bodie awaiting you! 🐾🐾🐾🐾❤🐾🐾🐾🐾
    Enjoy the rest of your time and the gorgeous color mother nature has gifted you.
    Hugs

  2. Can’t wait to meet Bodie in person, Theresa. Taking him home into a hurricane zone should make his introduction to his new life really interesting 😋!

  3. Wow, is it that time already…Saturday?? Boy time seems to go so fast for us Brenda. Can’t we slow it down some? Probably not huh. I’m thinking that Alex had a pretty good time from the look of things and Ben looked like he was enjoying himself also!! Would have loved to see the off roading event. LOL. Also love Alex’s face at the new “smells” 😉

  4. That took me back so many years. I smiled all the way through the blog, especially at the picture of Alex and his first realization of where the odor was coming from. I sure hope Alex, Jen & Jason will be back next summer, hopefully for a longer stay.

  5. Bree, just love your posts, always makes me miss it!! How special for Alex to have a carriage ride with Ben! He’s a very special man, we’ve gotten to know him over the years, my hubby is “that mule Skinner”! Beautiful pictures, ah hope to be back next year, safe travels home! Can WAIT to see pictures of your pup!! With love,
    Deb

  6. Looks like the cute little fella had a wonderful time on Mackinac Island with his G-Daddy and BeBe. I can’t believe the season is almost over. I hope to make it up to the Island one last time last week in Oct. Have a safe trip back home to Florida and can’t wait to hear all about your first meeting with Bodie.

  7. What a great adventure for Alex! My husband and I were waiting for a taxi as we reluctantly finished our anniversary stay at the Grand when your family pullled up in the special carriage. Watching the delight as the group unloade and a treat was presented added a sweet touch to the end of our trip. Your blog makes my excitement for our island trips even more fun. Thanks for the pictures, enthusiasm, and stories!
    Marsha

  8. What Grammy (Bebe) wouldn’t love that look on Alex’s face when he sees you at the airport and runs to you? Love it! Again i say, what a lovely family you all are! Thanks for the peek at fall color. It sure seems slow this year, even if the summer flew by. Don’t you just wonder which memories will stick in his bran – and will he be coming back to spend summers years from now when he retires and remembers visiting his G-Daddy and Bebe up on Mackinac Island? Maybe!

  9. How absolutely wonderful! I love surprises and I am sure he will remember this one forever. ♡
    Safe travels back to Flagler Beach.
    Gail

  10. What a gift you and Ted are to that little boy! I would love to hear him explaining all this to his buddies! He certainly will look forward to his next visit! Can’t wait to hear about Bodie, especially how Maddie handles her new big brother!

  11. Excellent post and update! Sure looks like I won’t be bringing shorts with me this time of year. Well maybe one pair just in case. Have a safe trip home.

  12. You sure can pack a lot into a few days! Looks like it was wonderful and what a treat that you were able to get permission to go on that wonderful carriage ride! Thanks for sharing and taking us along…. Joleen

  13. What sweet memories. I think I might be as sad as you are that you are leaving already. You give me my Mackinac/Up North fix. Enjoy the remainder of your time and safe travels home.

  14. I really enjoyed this story today. Love all the pictures of the little guy on the Island. Sad to hear you are going home already, will miss all the pictures from the Island but will enjoy the ones from your home. Have a safe trip home.

  15. Looks like you are winding down another glorious stay on Mackinac! Safe travels home! Can’t wait to see pictures of the new puppy, lol.

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