Last week was busy and so much fun! Ted’s sister Sheryl and cousin Heidi came for a visit, and we spent three days doing lots of touristy things, as well as just spending time getting to know these newly found members of our family. After two weeks of above average temperatures (I think we hit 85 one day!), we had a cold front come through the first night our company was here. From that point on we had absolutely beautiful blue skies, crisp temperatures, and the definite feeling of Fall in the air!
Sheryl and Heidi arrived on Tuesday morning, and I know they thought we were going to walk them all over the island before bedtime that night.
We started with lunch at the Tea Room at Fort Mackinac . . . .
. . . . which is absolutely one of the top five “view” spots on Mackinac!
We roamed around the fort, visited Sutler’s Store, and then walked back to the condo. Later in the afternoon we walked over to the West Bluff, hiked Pontiac Trail, and walked around the Annex. By the time dinner rolled around we were all starving, and we all turned in early that evening.
On Wednesday we had planned a special surprise for Sheryl and Heidi. We started with lunch at Grand Hotel . . .
.. . . . and a visit to the Cupola Bar at the very top of the Grand.
Another one of those top five “view” spots on Mackinac!
We then went to the Grand porch and rocked for a little while, just watching people and enjoying the sunshine.
The big surprise arrived when Ben Mosley drove up in one of Grand Hotel’s vintage carriages and welcomed us aboard. We spent the next hour touring several of the top tourist attractions on Mackinac, as well as just enjoying riding through the woods in a carriage drawn by two beautiful Hackneys showing off their footwork.
The tour started off with a ride through the Annex and out to Stonecliffe, followed by . . .
. . . riding up to Lookout Point via this wooded road which turns steeply upward at the cemeteries.
We took a few minutes to get off the carriage . . . .
. . . for a great view of Sugar Loaf, an expanse of wooded land, and Lake Huron in the distance.
Although those clouds looked a little menacing, we didn’t get a single drop of rain on our “parade”.
We next visited Fort Holmes, the highest spot on Mackinac . . .
. . . followed by a stop at Arch Rock.
It really doesn’t matter how many times we visit all these places. Each time is special, and I’m glad we made it to all these spots one more time this year.
Although Heidi and Sheryl both had been to Mackinac Island before, they saw a few places they’d never seen and really enjoyed the tour and the carriage ride! We finished the day with dinner at the Chip and a taxi ride home.
Thursday was spent visiting with the current residents of an East Bluff cottage where Heidi and her family had past connections, lunch downtown, and then a visit with old friends of the family.
We were up early on Friday morning to take a taxi downtown and have breakfast at The Chuckwagon before the ladies caught the ferry off the island. We were sad to see them go. We had spent Thursday evening at the condo, laughing and telling family stories. It was just the best visit, and we hope Heidi and Sheryl both come back soon. We DO have more places to show you because I promise you didn’t see everything (even though it may have felt like it).
A FEW MORE PICS
A shady walk down Huron Street right after the street cleaner had gone through.
The condo’s backyard furniture arrived this week! Condo picnic soon!
We had two cruise ships at the island on the same day. The ship anchored offshore is the Hamburg. It has too deep a draft for the big dock, so it anchors off Mission Point and shuttles tourists in aboard her four small launches.
Friends and blog readers Kem Green and Yvonne Pitsch stopped by to visit me at the Stuart House this week!
What are they? Morning Glories? Whatever they are, they are as big as dinner plates and beautiful!
Sunrise from the Chippewa Hotel. (Photo: Kem Green)
“I’d like to come in now please.”
The parade ground at Fort Mackinac.
Mums the word at Doud’s Market!
Pontiac Trail in the mist. (Photo: Kem Green)
The view over the Hackney’s backs!
This great bunch of friends and relatives got together on Shepler’s dock Friday morning. Some were leaving, some were staying. Left to right: Mike and Pam Day, me, Sheryl, Heidi, Kem and Ed Green, Ted and Jill. Love you all!
“I think I see dad coming!”
I’ve got a great story to share next time about a birch bark canoe our Mackinac Island public school children helped to build. It was launched yesterday. Coming up in a few days!