It’s been a busy weekend so far on Mackinac Island. Here’s a little preview of what you’ll be reading about on Monday . . .
WE HAVE A WINNER for the “Mystery Spot” contest at the end of this post. The winner is Barb Metting, who is from Michigan. Her correct response was “Cindy’s Riding Stable”. Scroll to the bottom for the full photo of the Mystery Spot.
At home in Georgia, on days when I had no appointments (when you reach my age you have a LOT of appointments) or therapy sessions with Bear planned, I could spend the whole day doing absolutely nothing more strenuous than turning the pages of a book or watching a Netflix movie or two. I didn’t feel the least bit guilty about it either. Here, if I sit down with a book and happen to glance out the front sliding glass doors, I think, “Maybe I’ll take a walk” or “I think I’ll go for a bike ride”. On the island the urge to get outside and DO something is almost as strong as the urge to eat (and lucky for me, the more I do of one, the more I can do the other – without yucky side effects like having to move the button over on the waistband of my capris). I think I finally figured it out though. Kahlil Gibran said, “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” I think ole Kahlil was onto something there. In Georgia, where summer temps top 100 degrees more days than we want to think about, doing anything more aerobic than walking to the refrigerator is considered “exercise”. On Mackinac Island, hiking trails for two hours, or biking around the 8.2 mile circumference of the island is called “having fun”. And you’re so tired at the end of the day after having all that fun that you fall into bed at night and sleep like you’ve been training for a marathon – which you basically have been (well, maybe a mini-marathon).
It’s all about how we get around here on Mackinac. Take Monday for instance . . .
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No matter where I turn this week, something beautiful catches my eye. Spring and summer have merged into an explosion of color on the island, and if I could sustain the pace, I would be pressing the shutter of my camera almost constantly. You would think by now my senses would be almost numb to it all. Instead I find my senses sharpened. Every sight, every smell, every sound is amplified, and Mackinac is alive with magic.
Now . . . all you folks who are heading to Mackinac Island for the Lilac Festival June 10-19, do not get worried! The lilacs are just beginning to bloom – and that’s only in a few places on the island. Others will open later. In fact . . . if I was a betting lady, I would bet that this is going to be the absolute BEST Lilac Festival in the last few years! In fact . . . I think the lilacs are going to be so gorgeous during those 10 days that the festival is just going to be spectacularly spectacular! Don’t believe me? Here’s a little preview . . .
The holiday weekend has come and gone, and everywhere you look folks are planting flowers. It’s kind of a tradition up here to wait until after Memorial Day to put tender young plants into the ground because there always seems to be one last “almost freeze” a few days ahead of the last weekend in May.
WE HAVE A WINNER for the “Mystery Spot” contest at the end of this post. The winner is Susan, who lives in Colorado now, but is a Michigan native. Her correct response was “the Post Cemetery”. Scroll to the bottom for the full photo of the Mystery Spot.
What a busy week it’s been so far!
It’s taken me a while to get into the swing of the slight change in formats this summer. As you know, I haven’t been posting only one photo each day, but I promise that some days I will. But, as I always find on the island, there is just so much going on it’s hard to stop with one pic. When I find a spare moment at the condo, I sit down at the laptop and start “sketching out” what happened that day. By doing that, when Thursday and Sunday evenings roll around, I’ve practically gotten these in-depth posts written, AND I haven’t forgotten half of what we did! It’s working out well for me, and I hope it is for you as well.
Ted and I were up early on Monday to take the short walk through the back trails to the Post Cemetery for the Memorial Day service there. We somehow timed it a little wrong and arrived just as the service was ending, so I stood to the side of the road and watched as the fort interpreters left the cemetery and started back to Fort Mackinac.
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All righty then! The coffee has to be cold and the donuts eaten! See you back again on Monday morning with all the weekend happenings, and I’ll have a pic or two for you on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Whew! My fingers are tired! Have a safe and fun weekend. God bless.
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