Personal Note: SOOOO many faces in this one you’ll recognize if you’ve followed the blog for very long!
I’ll be back on Sunday with a pre-Alaska blog. This time next Thursday we will be on the way to Fairbanks!
FIRST PUBLISHED JUNE 30, 2013
I’m getting a really late start writing tonight (because we had the most perfectly beautiful day you can possibly imagine on Mackinac, and Ted and I stayed outside and enjoyed it until hunger drove us in). So, I’m going to just toss up some photos with captions and let that do for now.
We had some foggy days at the beginning of last week, and fog creates some strange illusions. Loved these “waves” of wispy fog clouds between the break wall and the lighthouses.
Ted and I ate in the Chippewa one evening and watched the fog roll into the harbor.
When we stepped out of the hotel to start home, the streetlights shining through the fog gave downtown’s Main Street a rather haunting look . . .
. . . and the east end really looked eerie in front of Marquette Park. Good night for the ghost tours!
Mike Forrester and his family rented kayaks from Great Turtle Kayak Tours and really enjoyed paddling around the marina on their next-to-last-day on the Island. Talk about a serene scene! (Photo: Mike Forrester)
Ted and I met blog reader Jeff and his family – Camille, Lisa, Mia and Jake – at Sadie’s Saturday for ice cream. Flavor #5 – Blueberry Cobbler (vanilla ice cream with blueberries AND pieces of cobbler crust)! Oh. My. Goodness. Another 10!
On a walk the other day we cut through the Trillium Heights neighborhood, which is about three hills further up Cadotte than we are. I really like this area – lovely homes and nice folks living in them!
“Who, me? Uh-uh. Maddie did it.”
Have always loved this view from the East Bluff.
Jill – getting some puppy love!
From a trip to Mac City – out-of-the-water sailboats at the marina . . .
. . . and the little park adjacent to the Shepler dock.
Pansies! Don’t you just love pansies!
One day this week we walked into town and met up with Chris Ann and Burton’s family at Marquette Park. Two of the grandchildren fell in love with the Bearster.
We went over to visit our neighbor, Chief Duck Andress, this week and noticed a chipmunk running up and down the top of his fence. Duck went over and poured out some peanuts and told me to go stand right by the fence and not move. Sure enough, in just a minute or two, Mr. Chipmunk scurried right down to the treats. Chipmunk to himself: “Hmmmm . . . peanuts!”
“I think I’ll try one . . .
. . . or two, or seven, or twelve. Man, I wish I had bigger cheeks!”
Mary, a blog reader, and her entire family were staying at the Yacht Club this week. I biked down to meet her and husband Steve, their two sons and their wives, and the three grandchildren. What a fun family! And guess what, Lowell – Mary and her parents used to eat at the Carriage Lantern in the 50’s, Mary worked one summer for the Benjamin Photography Store, and (drum roll please) Mary, as an 8-year-old, ALSO walked across Arch Rock! There seems to have been quite a bit of that going on in the 50’s.
I loved these t-shirts they were all wearing. Each date is the year that someone new in the family first visited Mackinac Island.
Me – hurrying to the library last Friday to hear author P.J. Parrish. (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)
You’ll remember that P.J. Parrish is actually two sisters, Kelly Nichols and Kristy Montee, and their latest book is Heart of Ice, set on Mackinac Island. These two sisters graciously mentioned Bree’s Blog in the Acknowledgement page as a source of some of their Mackinac Island information.
The library was packed, and the sisters spoke for about an hour about the new book and what it’s like to write together – one from Michigan and one from Florida. After the lecture there was a book signing. Hope you’ve read Heart of Ice. It is SO good!
We rode out today to the Mackinac Community Equestrian Center and found a pony wash in progress.
Friend Joan Barch was there with her grandson Jordan. It seems there were no dirty ponies, so sweet Blaze volunteered to be “dirtied up” with finger paints . . .
. . . and Jordan had great fun leaving his hand prints everywhere!
After they decorated Blaze in very patriotic red, white and blue paint, they then washed it all off! That Blaze will put up with anything for these young horse lovers.
The article that Stepanie Fortino wrote about Lowell and Faye’s visit to Mackinac was in this week’s Town Crier!
I have a funny story to tell you, and then I’m done for tonight. The day that Lowell, Faye, Jill, reporter Stephanie, Ted and I had lunch at the Grand Hotel, we were all sitting and chatting, waiting for our food to arrive. I totally forget what it was, but Ted said something sweet, and I reached out with my right hand – still chatting with someone down the table on my left – to give him a sweet pat and rub on his cheek. As I patted and rubbed, I noticed everyone had stopped mid-sentence and they were all staring at me wide-eyed. I heard Ted clear his throat and say, “Uh, Sweetie?”
That’s when I turned toward Ted and discovered that instead of patting and rubbing Ted’s cheek, I was patting and rubbing the arm of our server.
I put my head down on the table and about DIED! But the waiter thought it was funny (and so did everyone else), and he laughingly agreed to recreate the “scene” for this pic. Oh, Lordy.
And that’s the last time I “pat and rub” without looking first!
We have another busy, busy week ahead, with lots of 4th of July activities, and on Tuesday we’re going sailing! Really excited about that and will share that adventure later in the week, along with whatever other goodies pop up. The weather is supposed to be stuck on PERFECT all week, so if there’s any way you can jump in a car or bus or train or plane and get up here, you won’t be disappointed!
Have a great week, and I’ll be back in a few days with more good stuff from Mackinac! God bless.