News from North to South 3/5/17

Hi Friends!

The big news from Mackinac is one of my favorite four-letter words . . . . . . SNOW!

Over 8″ of the white stuff fell this week, and residents are happily off their bikes again and zipping everywhere on their snowmobiles!

This awesome photo from Mel Bunk (taken from St. Ignace shows a snow squall sitting directly over Mackinac Island.

This awesome photo from Mel Bunk (taken from St. Ignace) shows a snow squall sitting directly over Mackinac Island.


Anything sitting for any length of time was soon wearing a thick layer of snow - like these snowmobiles parked along Main Street. (Photo: Doud's Market)

Anything that sat stationary for any length of time was soon wearing a thick layer of snow – like these snowmobiles parked along Main Street. (Photo: Doud’s Market)


Eugenia Murray was downtown duringall that snow and took this beautiful photo of Market Street as the snow fell.

Eugenia Murray was downtown and took this beautiful photo of Market Street as the snow fell.


When Patrick Conlon left work at Grand Hotel, he headed up into the island interior to capture this great shot . . .

When Patrick Conlon left work at Grand Hotel, he headed up into the island interior to capture this great shot . . .


.. . . and Stefanie Congdon shot this one as she was leaving Stonecliffe.

.. . . and Stefanie Congdon shot this one as she was leaving Stonecliffe.


Hmmmm - sweet 9-year-old Kaylee (Tracy and Gabe;s daughter) sold 39 8 cases (that's 464 boxes) of Girl Scout cookies this year. Thank goodness the snow fell, and they can deliver all these by snowmobile!

Sweet 9-year-old Kaylee (Tracy and Gabe’s daughter) sold 38

cases (that’s 464 boxes) of Girl Scout cookies this year. Thank goodness the snow fell, and they can deliver all these by snowmobile!
A rare capture. A sun pillar

A rare capture by Robert McGreevy during sunrise on March 4 – a sun pillar.  Amazing!

So glad the islanders got a big snowfall, even if it did come late in the winter months.  I don’t think there’s any way now there’s enough time for an ice bridge to form, so this will mark the first time in I don’t know how many years the island has had ferry service the entire winter.  I may be wrong on that, but it seems as though last year there were maybe two weeks when the ferry couldn’t get through.  Someone let me know if I got that wrong.

Here’s a date to put on your calendar as you’re thinking about future trips to Mackinac – the 2017 Lilac Festival is June 9-18,and here’s a link that will give you all the details: https://www.mackinacisland.org/mackinac-island-lilac-festival/

One last Mackinac note: Many of you have written me about what’s happening on the Mackinac Island News and Views Facebook page.  If you go there, you will see a notice that the page has been archived.  I haven’t been able to find out what’s going on, but I just can’t imagine the page will no longer be maintained.  It’s a fountain of information about what goes on day to day on the island (not to mention the incredibly beautiful photographs that are posted), and there are literally thousands of followers who LOVE that page – including yours truly.  Hope it’s back up soon!

FROM SUNSET INLET

We were so excited Kel (one of Ted's newly-found cousins) and his wife Gwen stopped overnight with us last week. They were headed down to Cocoa Beach from Michigan for two weeks of Florida fun! We first met them when we spent a day showing them around Mackinac last summer. Hoping to see them on the island again this summer!

We were so excited Kel (one of Ted’s newly-found cousins) and his wife Gwen stopped overnight with us last week. They were headed down to Cocoa Beach from Michigan for two weeks of Florida fun. We first met them when we spent a day showing them around Mackinac last summer. Hoping to see them on the island again this summer!


Our view of the sun setting from the top deck was pretty impressive that evening!

Our view of the sun setting from the top deck was pretty impressive that evening!


Thought this was a cute pic of the three of us - four if you count the turtle!

Thought this was a cute pic of the three of us – four if you count the turtle!

That’s it for now.  See you on Tuesday with a “throwback”!

God bless.

 

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10 thoughts on “News from North to South 3/5/17

  1. I found out/realized something last night. I went to Miami U in Ohio, where the Miami tribe originally lived. The Florida places were named Daytona and Miami after places in his home area. I never paid attention to the name of the developer. Last night I was talking to a couple, where he didn’t know it but she did. The developer as named Flagler. I realized the beach you live near must be named after him.

    • It is- Henry Flagler. Henry Morrison Flagler (January 2, 1830 – May 20, 1913) was an American industrialist and a founder of Standard Oil. He was also a key figure in the development of the Atlantic coast of Florida and founder of what became the Florida East Coast Railway. He is known as the father of both Miami and Palm Beach, Florida.

      • It’s one of those things where the name never jumped out to me until last night. Right after I explained that Miami was a University while Florida still belonged to Spain

  2. What great snowy pictures. If my memory serves me correctly I think there were only a couple days last winter that the ferry service had to stop. The sun pillar photo almost made me cry. Very beautiful.

  3. Mr. McGreevey should enter that sun photo for next year’s Mackinac calendar! And then also sell prints. Wowser, it’s bee-you-ti-full! And I love pictures of snow coming down, all soft and pretty. Love hearing that Ted’s cousins are staying in touch. It was a pretty good year for you last year, and looks like it’s starting out good again this year. Lovely times for lovely people. πŸ™‚

  4. Exceptional pictures of the island snow…so so pretty. That sunset on the inlet was pretty cool too! Love the picture of the “4” of you. Bodie must love his new home…he always seems to be smiling πŸ™‚

  5. Awesome pictures! There is something so serene about pictures of snow and woodlands. Last week we had thunderstorms, hail and the next day we had 3 inches of snow! Only in Wisconsin! Okay, maybe Minnesota or Michigan too! It’s just crazy! I am ready for Spring! My daffodils are coming up in the snow! I sure hope they make it.

  6. I enjoyed the beautiful snow pictures, but I am glad to be in Albuquerque enjoying the early blooms and the budding tree blossoms. I was happy to see Kel and Gynn’s picture. I could see they were in there, but the are both heavier.

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