Most of this afternoon has been spent on-line, working out details for our May trip to Alaska. I had no idea there’d be so many decisions to make! Most of the hard ones involve choosing from dozens and dozens of excursions that can be added to an already packed schedule. Do we want to visit a sled dog camp? Do we want to actually ride aboard a sled pulled by sled dogs? Do we want to take a small boat out from one of our ports of call to see whales and other marine life? Do we want to hop a small plane for a bird’s eye view of wildlife and glaciers – or a helicopter that will actually land ON the glacier, where we can get out and walk around! Of course if we’d won a recent lottery, all this would be so much easier to figure out. But – no lottery money arriving here, so we’re trying to work out what’s going to fit into our budget. More to come in the weeks ahead on that!
Sticking with that “cold-weather” theme, Mackinac Island had their fair share of winter weather this week.
Probably the biggest news from Mackinac last week was the mysterious disappearance of the wildly popular Mackinac Island News & Views Facebook page. Clicking on the site brought a puzzling message saying simply, “This site has been archived.” The site is the “go-to” place for information on the island, and the beautiful photographs placed there on a daily basis keep Mackinac fans entertained year-round. There were hundreds of comments and pleadings for the return of the site. Then, just as mysteriously as it disappeared, it opened again for business this weekend. All 23,000 of its fans – including this one – rejoiced and celebrated!
Wanted to share a couple of stories tonight that are both really interesting and very informative reads!
This first one covers last week’s visit to Grand Hotel by hotel President Dan Musser III and several full-time employees, “2017 Winter Visit to Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island: http://www.grandhotel.com/2017-winter-visit-grand-hotel-mackinac-island/
This second story was featured on-line at MyNorth and will make you want to book a stay at Grand Hotel just to eat there! It’s titled “Dinner at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island: 130 Years of Caviar and Aristocracy”. Click here: http://mynorth.com/2017/03/dinner-at-the-grand-hotel-on-mackinac-island/
Ted and I will be dropping off Maddie and Bodie at Lily’s (our wonderful petsitter) and traveling to Kissimmee FL on Monday to meet for lunch one of Ted’s by-birth aunts and her husband (Aunt Marsha and Uncle Dan), along with Lindie, Mike, Kel and Gwen (we met all four of these cousins on Mackinac this summer, and Kel and Gwen were just here a couple of weeks ago). So glad several of these new relatives like to come to Florida for the winter! Aunt Marsha is Ted’s birth mother’s youngest sister. Pictures to come next Sunday!
See you back here on Tuesday with a “throw-back”!