The Hortons have been back in Florida for almost a week now. The bags are all unpacked, the dirty clothes from the road trip are washed, and I’ve pressed all the clean stuff that came home in the luggage and just couldn’t be worn until the travel wrinkles were removed. We are glad to be home.
I love our house here. And I love our neighborhood, our friends, and knowing Julie and Matt and the grandkids are just a 20-minute ride down the road. Before we head back to Mackinac next summer, our beautiful Jordan will graduate from high school. How can that possibly be?
Jordan and Matthew on Homecoming night. It was Jordan’s last Homecoming before she graduates and Matthew’s first as a Freshman this year.
Our trip home was different this year. We went a different route because Jason’s house in Atlanta is still being reconstructed after Irma dropped two trees on top of it. We saw some different scenery, but we kind of missed the “tried and true” routine of our normal route. I think we were most disappointed that the fall leaves were just not yet in full splendor in the mountains.
Jill captured our early morning departure from Shepler’s dock . . .
. . . . and our departing ferry. What a beautiful sunrise that day!
We loved West Virginia. It reminded us a lot of the farmland in Georgia . . .
. . . . except there were more hills!
We crossed into Virginia through a tunnel through a mountain . . .
. . . . and enjoyed some spectacular mountains vistas through that state as well as North and South Carolina. But the colors – they just weren’t there yet.
The sunset from our deck our first night back was beautiful . . .
. . . . and dinner out the next evening with some of our neighbors made us feel like we’d finally arrived home.
As Bodie stated so eloquently our first evening back, “There’s just nothing like sleeping in your own bed.”
MEANWHILE, BACK ON MACKINAC
In the week we’ve been gone, Mackinac Island has been dressing for Fall in a big way and showing off as only Mackinac can!
A beautiful view of the village of Mackinac Island and the Straits beyond. (Photo: Steven Davenport)
Trinity Church steeple against an awesome orange sky. (Photo: Pam Day – Ohio)
Cadotte Avenue and its gorgeous Maples. (Photo: Orietta Barquero)
The Cadotte Avenue trees again with Little Stone Church’s steeple shining through. (Photoe: Tom Chambers)
A brilliant sky highlights the Mackinac Bridge. (Photo: Tom Chambers)
The Round Island Passage Light against God’s magnificent artwork. (Photo: Steven Davenport)
Just an unbelievable photo from high up in Grand Hotel of Cadotte, the Grand golf course, and the Straits! (Photo: Patrick Conlon)
AND A FEW MORE
Dinner out our first night back at Breakaway’s. Eating outside right across the street from the Atlantic . . .
. . . . and watching a lady lead her pet turtle around with a weed eater. I kid you not. She says she takes him for a walk about once a month by cutting the grass with the weed eater. He will follow her anywhere – lured by the sweet grass smell! She walked off down the sidewalk with him following right behind her.
The beautiful Cloghaun Bed and Breakfast – all decked out for Halloween. (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)
A group of horses walk up Spring Street below Fort Mackinac (after coming down Turkey Hill), headed for the ferry and a few months of rest and relaxation in the UP. (Photo: Pam Day – Ohio)
There’s been a few days of rough ferry rides since we left. Jim Mishler captured waves crashing on the Mackinac shore during one storm.
8,000 tulip bulbs being planted in Grand Hotel’s garden so we can all enjoy the tulip display in May! (Photo: Orietta Barquero)
Maddie: “Just what I’ve been waiting for – Bodie’s head on a platter.”
One of my favorite spots to leaf peek – Mackinac Island cemeteries. (Photo: Pam Day – Ohio) That’s Pam’s husband Mike on the bike.
A vintage postcard, discovered by Roger Priebe, of the Chippewa Hotel Restaurant in the late 60’s.
Good morning from Grand Hotel. (Photo: Bob Decker)
A beautiful rainbow over the homes of Sunset Inlet. (Photo: Cat Brooks)
A good question – and one I’ll be thinking about a lot between now and the end of the year – and have been thinking about most of the summer. Until then, I’m going to take a break from writing, but I’ll be back here at least once a week with some of my earlier posts. Everyone seems to enjoy those, and I’ve sure got plenty to share. So, stay tuned for Throwback Thursdays! And, of course, you can always keep up with us on Facebook!
You all continue to be a source of great happiness for me, and I love each and every one of you. You can’t imagine what it means to me to have you in my life.