Counting Down to Home 10/2/16

Only two weeks left on Mackinac, and my thoughts are turning more and more toward home! The excitement is building daily as I think of picking up Bodie in Atlanta and getting back to family and friends – these two weeks will fly by!

But – before all that – we’ve got Jason, his girlfriend Jen, and her little boy Alex arriving on the island on Thursday, and we are over the moon excited about that!  It will be Jen and Alex’s first Mackinac visit, and we’re praying for good weather and more fall colors.  The really fun thing is they’re not telling Alex (who is seven) where he’s going (this is his Fall break).  They’re just getting on a plane Thursday morning, and when he gets off in Pellston, we’ll be there to meet them (he thinks we’re in Florida).  We can’t wait to see his face when we arrive on Mackinac, and he’s greeted by no cars and horses racing up and down the corral outside the windows!  What fun!

In the meantime, Ted and I have been busy this week, and the weather has been great!  Here’s some photos of what we’ve been up to:

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Meeting blog readers always makes my day! This sweet couple, Neil and Erica, hailed me at the four corners intersection as Jill and I were walking down to the school Wednesday morning for International Day.  They’re from Illinois, and I believe it was Erica’s birthday (found that out later on Facebook).  Happy Belated Birthday, Erica!

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A sure sign that it’s Fall.  An open gate to a turn-out behind the West Bluff tells us the horse normally here has already left the island for down-state.

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One of those seemingly never-changing photos.  Sweet George making one of his many daily trips on Grand Hill to pick up a dray to be transported somewhere else on the island.  (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)

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Work continues on the paving of Main Street.  This has been a beautifully synchronized project, with most of the work being done at night. 

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The project was divided into segments of road. First a night was spent preparing each segment, and the next night that segment was paved.  The weather cooperating helped a lot!  (Two night photos by Jill Sawatzki)

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Newly paved section of Main Street looks great!

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On Wednesday, Ted and I had lunch at Mary’s Bistro with our Little Stone Church minister and his wife, Fred and Mary Zobel.  Today was Fred’s last Sunday as our minister, and in the years ahead, he and Mary plan to travel and enjoy friends and family all across the country.  After lunch Ted and I walked home the long way – heading west on the Boardwalk.

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For some reason, I’ve always been fascinated by Cattails.  I know they can be a nuisance plant in some artificial landscapes, but left to Mother Nature they stand out as an unusual and distinctive plant.  That velvety “tail” is actually the Cattail’s  flower.  Did you know that every part of this plant is edible, and humans have found uses (besides food) for other parts.  They’ve been used for rush bottom furniture, baskets and mats, and the downy seeds have been used to stuff pillows and mattresses.  During World War II the seeds were used to stuff life jackets.

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There are stairs leading to the West Bluff from M-185 (Lakeshore Drive) – 205 stairs to be exact.  After approximately half of those, you walk along a cliff to the next set of steps and can see carriages and cyclists below.

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The next set . . .

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. . . (I swear it seemed like more than 205 in all) . . .

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. . . brings you to the top and an incredible view!  There are 15 landings along the way, so you can stop and rest if you need to.  Yes, I needed to!

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We wandered behind the West Bluff cottages, chatted with a few horses (this one was certain Ted had horse treats in his pocket) . . .

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. . . and found a few more hints of Autumn between this horse’s ears.

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Walking home after dinner in town Friday evening – past the beautiful and Halloween-decorated Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast . . .

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. . . and Grand Hotel.

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On Saturday I met long-time blog reader Barbara Blem and her husband Roger for the dedication of a plaque memorializing Mackinac College, which Barbara attended.  There was only one graduating class (in 1970), and there were 30 students in that class. 

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The plaque was dedicated 50 years to the day from the College’s inaugural in 1966.  Around 18 former students attended the ceremony, which included viewing the College recruitment film.  The graduates also were given a tour of Silver Birches, arranged by Liz Ware.  Silver Birches was once part of the College campus, as was Stonecliffe.

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The plaque will hang by the west entrance to the Arts Council Theatre, where there is also a Mackinac College Memorial Garden with plantings in the College colors of blue and green.  Thanks so much, Barbara, for inviting me to this event!

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Walking my bike up the hill later in the morning, I noticed the first fallen leaves on the Jewel Golf Course’s green grass.

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These brightly colored Mums and the faint touch of gold in some of the trees are still just hinting at what is to come.

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I parked my bike for a moment in the archway leading to the Jockey Club and shot the flowerbeds of Grand Hotel through the arch.  Just wondering when those flowers will disappear magically overnight and the next morning will find gardeners busily planting tulip bulbs!

Stay tuned in the next couple of days for a follow-up story on the little Beagle, Murph-E, who was adopted from a research lab facility two years ago by island residents Jennifer and Kirby King. What a remarkable turn-around he has made – from living five years in a cage and never touching grass – to his loving home now on beautiful Mackinac Island.

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You are going to love this one!!

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Photo Day! 6/26/16

This has been one of those slow news weeks.  I do have one little story to tell, and then the rest of tonight’s post will be a “Photos and Captions.”  I’ve got some great pics to share from both the beach AND our favorite Michigan island!

THE SEA TURTLE PATROL

Ted and I went down to the beach around 7:30 one morning and happened to arrive in time to watch the Sea Turtle Patrol in action!

This volunteers hit the beach early each morning of turtle season to look for tracks and new nests.

These volunteers hit the beach early each morning of turtle season (May-October) – at first to look for tracks and new nests, and then later on to check that nests haven’t been disturbed or to see if turtles have hatched.

We were very lucky that morning, because we spotted the new nest at almost the same time they did?

We were very lucky that morning, because we spotted the new nest at almost the same time they did!

I took this after they had staked out the nest. You can see the tracks of the "mama turtle" (obviously a very BIG mama turtle) leading up the the

I took this AFTER the volunteers had staked out the nest. You can see the flipper tracks of the “mama turtle” (obviously a very BIG mama turtle) leading up the mound of dirt where she covered her 80-120 eggs.  The sign on the nest gives the nest number and states the date it was found.  The eggs will hatch in approximately 60 days, and on day 45 the volunteers will place a red flag on the right rear stake and begin to check the nest on a daily basis.  Lights on the beach (even flashlights)are restricted during turtle season as they may confuse turtles coming to the beach to mate or lay eggs.  Lights also could confuse young hatchlings on their dangerous trip across the beach to the ocean.  So far we have about 20 sea turtle nests along the one-mile stretch that is Beverly Beach.

BEVERLY BEACH PHOTOS

Arriving on the beach after sunrise.

Arriving on the beach just after sunrise.  On this day the wind was churning the waves up pretty good.

An amazing shelf cloud forming over the beach early this morning. (Photo: Neighbor Kevin Freedman)

An amazing shelf cloud forming over the beach early this morning. (Photo: Neighbor Kevin Freedman)

That same cloud coming from the beach over our house in Sunset Inlet. As ominous as it looks, it blew right over us, and we didn't get a drop of rain. (Photo: Neighbor Lisa Mordecai)

That same cloud coming from the beach over our house (2-story on the left) in Sunset Inlet. As ominous as it looked, it blew right over us, and we didn’t get a drop of rain. (Photo: Neighbor David Mordecai)

MACKINAC ISLAND PHOTOS

KathyJo Strukel, who won the Mackinac Island coloring book, is making good progress on the first page!

KathyJo Strukel (Oldsmar FL), who won the Mackinac Island coloring book, is making good progress on the page she chose to tackle first!  She’s using colored pencils.  Good job, Kathy!

The Lilac Festival Parade! A great pic from Clark Bloswick of the Seabiscuit Café float, part of the crowd, and Fort Mackinac in the background.

The Lilac Festival Parade! A great pic from Clark Bloswick of the Seabiscuit Café float, part of the crowd, Marquette Park, and Fort Mackinac in the background.

A simply stunning photo by Steven Kopacki of Artistic Mackinadc Gallery and Studio of the strawberry moon rising

A simply stunning photo by Steven Kopacki, Artistic Mackinac Gallery and Studio, of the “Strawberry Moon” rising over the Straits of Mackinac.  Oh. My. Goodness.  Can’t wait to get back on the island and check out what Steven has new in his studio!

Blog reader Jan Weir and her husband Don (Harbor Springs MI and Indianapolis IN) visited the island for several days a week or so ago. This photo and the next six are from Jan.

Blog reader Jan Weir and her husband Don (Harbor Springs MI and Indianapolis IN) visited the island for several days a week or so ago. This photo and the next five are from Jan.

Lilacs blooming along the boardwalk

Lilacs blooming along the boardwalk bordering Lake Huron.  What a wonderful (and romantic) spot to settle in for a chat.

The hanging baskets are up, and from now until Fall they will grow and grow and grow. When they are taken down, their leaves and flowers will be almost touching the sidewalk. Oh - the former Weber's Florist is now

The hanging baskets are up, and from now until Fall they will grow and grow and grow. When they’re taken down, their leaves and flowers will be almost touching the sidewalk. Oh – the former Weber’s Florist is now Vintage Glam, a new salon offering hair care, nail care, and makeup services.  They specialize in wedding parties!

The beautiful Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast - always an oasis of gorgeous flowers, and breathtaking landscapting - not to mention an awesome place to spend a few nights! Friend Aretha Jansen is the Cloghaun's new Manager this year, taking over from the wonderful Marti Gmazel Carey who retired at the end of last season.

The beautiful Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast – always an oasis of gorgeous flowers and breathtaking landscaping – not to mention an awesome place to spend a few nights! Friend Aneta Jansen is the Cloghaun’s new Manager this year, filling the shoes of the awesome Marti Gmazel Carey, who retired at the end of last season.

Silver Birches! The renovation of the wonderful lodge is on schedule! Looking forward to riding out there and checking it all out!

Silver Birches! Renovation of the wonderful lodge is on schedule! Looking forward to riding out there soon and checking it all out!

Pontiac Trail, along the West Bluff.

Pontiac Trail – along the West Bluff.

A dreamy shot from one of our favorite taxi drivers - Jim Gillespie. He had stopped to rest his horses a moment at Mission Point and took this great photo.

A dreamy shot from one of our favorite taxi drivers – Jim Gillespie. Jim had stopped to rest his horses a moment at Mission Point and took this great photo, looking across the resort’s expansive yard.  Someone asked Jim recently if working on the island – after 30 seasons driving taxi – ever gets old.  His answer was a resounding “NO”!

A great catch of interesting clouds over Grand Hotel. (Photo: Max Jones)

A great catch of interesting clouds over Grand Hotel. (Photo: Max Jones)

A view of the Pink Pony patio and part of downtown from an interesting perspective. (Photo: Tom Chambers)

A view of the Pink Pony patio and part of downtown from an interesting perspective. (Photo: Tom Chambers)  Hmmmm . . . . . where were you, Tom?

The Round Island Lighthouse is rarely illuminated. But one night recently, it was. And Clark Bloswick was around to catch the moment.

The Round Island Lighthouse is rarely illuminated. But one night recently, it was. And Clark Bloswick was around to catch the moment.

Friend Steve Fridley and his family love Mackinac almost as much as I do. When they're on the island, Steve has a way of being at the right place at the right time. Like last week - when this rainbow appeared to arch across the sky.

Friend Steve Fridley and his family love visiting Mackinac and do so often. When they’re on the island, Steve has a way of being at the right place at the right time. Like last week – when this rainbow appeared and seemed to arch across the Straits from Mackinac to Bois Blanc.

I. Love. This. Photo! Mary Bailey, the beautiful teenage daughter of friends Jeri-Lynn and Brian Bailey, snapped this shot one recent afternoon. In the way of all teenagers, Mary and her friends were looking for something to do and decided to haul their hammocks all the way up to Anne's Tablet and hang them among the trees. What a way to spend a fun - and leisurely - afternoon on Mackinac!

I. Love. This. Photo! Mary Bailey, the beautiful teenage daughter of friends Jeri-Lynn and Brian Bailey, snapped this shot one recent afternoon. In the way of all teenagers, Mary and her friends were looking for something to do and decided to haul their hammocks all the way up to Anne’s Tablet and hang them among the trees. What a way to spend a fun – and leisurely – afternoon on Mackinac!

With heat indexes in the triple digits here in Beverly Beach, I am counting down the days before we leave for Mackinac.  Right now the plan is to arrive on the island on Monday, July 18, so we’ll be leaving a few days before that.  It will be so strange to pack the car without all of Bear’s paraphernalia (he had his own suitcase), and then there was also the 30-lb bag of dogfood.  Maddie only eats 2/3 of a cup a day, so a 5-lb. bag lasts her a very long time.  I was so hoping we’d have a new furbaby to take with us, but it just hasn’t worked out . . . haven’t found the one who speaks to my heart yet.  So we wait.

Hoping you all are doing well and wishing you a great week ahead!

God bless.

Walk With Me 10/29/2011

Thursday and Friday have been surreal.  At times the hours spiraled past so rapidly I had no awareness of the work I was doing – until I’d stop for a moment and see the result – bags packed, linens washed, beds remade, two boxes shipped home – and much more.  I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot, but Ted has worked three times as much, and what he’s done is the really hard, messy stuff – carrying his kayak back up the hill on his bike (wish I’d been around to photo that), cleaning and forcing four bicycles up two flights of stairs to the top floor, taking the first load of luggage over to the truck – and much, much more (and all on a bad leg he’s not had a single chance to rest).  We still face a day of general cleaning (on Saturday), but the hard part is behind us.  We’ll mop and vacuum and dust and clean bathrooms.  Piece of cake.

At other times these last two days the hours slowed down – creeping by in slow motion – my senses aware of every moment, every scene I passed, every word someone spoke.  With the exodus of the Grand employees, the island takes on a completely different feel.  Except for a few workers who will continue to come to the island as long as they can get here on the ferries, it’s mostly the islanders who are left- that hearty, almost 500-strong group who will hunker down and pray for lots of snow (so snowmobiles can be used) and really cold temperatures (so the Ice Bridge will make, allowing them to travel by snowmobile from the island to St. Ignace).

In the midst of the packing and cleaning, we’ve found time to walk around a couple of hours – both Thursday and Friday – and what I saw through my camera lens is what I offer for Saturday and Sunday.  It’s a different Mackinac than you’ve been seeing all summer and fall.  Come on . . . walk with me.

Even though the Island Bookstore sign reads "Closed" . . . .

. . . . Tam will still be working a few more days - doing inventory and boxing books.

At the Pink Pony, all the chairs are piled on top of the tables . . . . .

. . . . and the bar is empty (I think Brian is going to have that second chair from the middle inscribed with a plaque that reads: "Reserved for Ted" before next season).

Ted - outside the closed Pony, talking with Bobby and Roy.

Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island is closed, but I ran into Nicole a little later, and she said her store would be open some during the winter - for Christmas Bazaar weekend, during Christmas, and during Winter Festival.

Thunderbird Gifts is all locked down. Someone asked today why the windows are papered, and I asked that question downtown. Two reasons really - 1) if merchants leave stock in the stores, the sunlight through the windows could fade themerchandise, and 2) if work is being done on the inside of the store during the winter, it makes for a good "surprise" in the spring when the paper comes down.

Remember me saying the Grand moves its administrative offices downstate during the winter? These two Budget rental trucks (which came over on a freight ferry) are being loaded from drays filled with everything the Grand will need to operate during the winter.

Two of a few businesses which will be open and always busy during the winter are the Post Office . . . .

. . . and the bank (where the flag is flying).

Last day open at Nephew's on Mackinac . . . . still some bargains to be had.

And - oh my goodness - last day sale at Joann's Fudge - $4.00 per slice!

Jesse's Chuckwagon was already done . . . . .

. . . and so was Martha's Sweet Shop.

Walking toward the boardwalk, we passed the closed Lakeview Hotel. The only person on the street was a man sweeping up, after smoothing out a spot of uneven sidewalk . . . .

. . . . which is being done in many places all over downtown.

The lovely Iroquois Hotel is closed . . . .

. . . . and the gardens leading to The Carriage House Restaurant are accented by a giant pumpkin.

Through the windows of the Windermere Hotel, the white sheet-shrouded furniture is visible. I wonder if they painted the hotel to blend with that gorgeous tree!

The Round Island Passage Light looked close enough to touch from this angle at Windermere Point.

We made a stop at the library (open during the winter Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.). We had a ton of books we'd read this summer that we added to the used books the library sells.

Another shot of the empty streets from the west end of Main Street.

The beautiful old McNally Cottage. Unless a miracle occurs, this building will be torn down beginning November 1. Planned to replace it is a three-story hotel.

Cindy's Livery Stable is closed. It's strange to go by there and see the door closed and no saddled horses waiting in the side lot.

The Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast, closed and ready for winter.

Looking down Market Street through the empty windows of La Galerie.

When I stopped to take this pic of Doc Al, our island veterinarian, I asked him (again) if I might write a story about him next summer. He just smiled and said, "We'll see." He's a shy one, our doc.

At the closed Gatehouse, they were having an impromptu hamburger cook-out for the employees - that's one way to clean out the freezer!

Snowmobiles are returning on ferries from St. Ignace, where some are stored during the summer.

One place absolutely not closed is the island school. Lots of bikes there by the playground.

I wonder if the famous island ghosts play tennis during winter nights, while ghostly spectators watch. Remind me to go on the Midnight Ghost Tour next summer. THAT should be an interesting post!

The last time I will photograph the big trees further down the hill. They were removed the next day - so beautiful and regal - but old, diseased, and a danger to people and horses whenever the wind blew. They'll be replaced by the same beautiful Maples planted last fall when the first of the diseased trees were removed. Pics tomorrow of the new, wide-open boulevard leading to the Grand.

All the Grand horses have left the island, and I walked inside the old stable one more time . . . .

The Grand omnibuses were parked and polished, and the antique carriages were lined up side by side. By the time we return in the spring, the new stable up near us will be open.

The horse barns - all closed up.

Are you tired yet?  I hope not!  Join me tomorrow, and we’ll do a little more walking!

B is for . . . Bed & Breakfast, Blooms, Bikes, and Blogging Buddies! 9/3/2010

I had one of those rare days on Thursday – I didn’t have a blog planned!  Usually, in my mind, I have blogs half-way written three or four days in advance.  But Thursday – nothing was coming. 

I know Friday is usually random picture day, but because I had been out of town on Tuesday, and because it had been so hot all week, I just didn’t get out like I usually do and “randomly” snap  pictures (hard to focus through all that “dew” in my eyes). 

Around 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon I rode downtown to pay our taxes.  Boy – that’s a downer!  But, I took care of that little task, then rode over to see if anything interesting was happening with Ted at the Visitor’s Center.  Nope – nothing there.  As I was passing the post office, I saw Hershey (Frankie’s Chocolate Lab) tied to the bench in front of the building.  There was a family standing in the street talking about Hershey, wondering who she belonged to and if someone had abandoned her – I think they were ready to take her home on the spot!  I stopped my bike next to Hershey and told the family they’d have to fight the whole island to take Hershey away from Frankie – that dog is Queen-Bee of downtown!  We chatted a moment, and Frankie came out of the post office and joined the conversation.  After the family left, she and I talked a few minutes, and I shared my sad song about my lack of a blog idea.  Then I looked across the street.

The pretty little Lilac House Bed & Breakfast was just sitting there like an invitation.  “Come take my picture!” it seemed to say, “You’ve never once turned your camera toward me!”

The lightbulb above my head switched to the “on” position.  What about a blog about the B & B’s of Market Street!

So – that’s what you get today, along with random shots I took on the way home Thursday afternoon and a few other surprises.  Everything worked out just fine – but I knew it would.  All you have to do to get inspired on Mackinac Island is walk out the door and experience it!

The Lilac House Bed & Breakfast - across the street from the post office. The house was built in 1890 as a private home and converted in 1991 into a bed & breakfast. I've never been inside, but I've always loved the pastel color (lilac, of course) it is painted.

The side yard, complete with Adirondack chairs, faces the Veterans Memorial Park.

There's a lilac bathtub in the yard filled with - what else? Lilac and purple petunias!

A porch filled with white wicker furniture and planters, hanging baskets, and a swing complete the image of a picture perfect little inn on Mackinac.

I left my bike at the post office and walked down to the south corner of Market and Fort Streets to photograph the Market Street Inn.  This is another B & B I’ve never gone into, but the outside speaks volumes for the owners.

Market Street Inn was built at the turn of the century as a private home and became a bed & breakfast in 1991.

 

There is a small front porch overlooking gorgeous flowerbeds and all the activity of Market Street. The inn has nine rooms and a private courtyard.

From the porch and windows of Market Street Inn, you have a front row seat for everything that is happening at Fort Mackinac.

This vintage three-wheeler has been transformed into a "blooming bike!"

A few steps west is the Cottage Inn, where Mike, Jill, Dawn and I stayed in February for Winter Festival. 

Having Weber's Florist right next door probably helps, but the Cottage Inn's landscaping is a glorious riot of colors. I love the birdhouse perched atop the sign post!

Not only do innkeepers Marge and Rich provide a scrumptious breakfast every morning, but in the afternoon there are cookies and other sweets (and hot chocolate in the winter)! There's a swing on that large porch, and most mornings will find guests sipping their coffee outside at the cozy tables and chairs.

The Cottage Inn is the only bed & breakfast on Market Street that stays open during part of the winter. Although the Inn will be closed the month of November, it will reopen to guests from December 1 through February 20.

Over the summer, this bicycle in front of the Cottage Inn's porch has almost become hidden under the overflow of flowers planted in every available spot - basket, front & rear fenders, and spokes.

Back at the post office, I retrieved my bike and rode to the other end of Market Street, where I parked against the curb and turned my camera toward Metivier Inn.

Metivier Inn was built in 1877 and has been a B & B over 25 years.

The dazzling landscaping of Metivier flows out almost to the street. You just can't help but stop and gasp at the lushness of its gardens.

This summer the color scheme is obviously all shades of pink - and white.

 

Chairs on the porch and in the yard beckon guests to sit outside and relax.

A few more steps toward the corner of Cadotte Avenue and Market Street finds you at Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast.

Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast was originally a private home and took four years to build. It was completed in 1884.

Terrace after terrace of stunning flowers lead up the steps to the inn.

The Cloghaun's yard makes you want to sit down in the grass and allow your senses to take in enough beauty to last until your next trip north.

A Cloghaun luggage cart awaits a call from the ferry dock, announcing the arrival of another guest.

I made the turn up Cadotte and stopped along the way to shoot photos of whatever caught my eye.  I see the streets of Mackinac Island every day, and every day I see something new and beautiful and exciting.  The Island is never boring, it is never dull, and it never disappoints. 

A bee on a blossom.

 

A little boy walked out of the Grand shade garden with his parents and encountered a huge flock of geese. He was delighted when they ran from him.

The geese took no notice of the threatening sky looming over the Mackinac Bridge.

A Grand Hotel omnibus rolls down Cadotte to deliver guests to the ferry docks . . .

. . . and a dray carries garbage up Cadotte to be composted.

The first hint of fall color has found this tree below the Grand - its rich green is slowly being replaced by a tinge of yellow . . .

. . . but Summer is still making herself known.

Red flowers, red roof, red umbrellas, red phone booth - it all equals the Grand's Jockey Club.

A glimpse of Round Island Light from the top of Grand Hill.

A blue garden cart sits beside a flowerbed at the Grand.

When Ted and I were at the Grand last weekend for the Medical Center Auction, I popped into the Ladies Room on the way to the dinner.  I heard Ted outside talking to someone and heard him say, “She’ll be here in a minute.”  When I came out, Ted was talking with a lady who introduced herself as Joan.  She had been sitting with friends as we walked down the hallway and recognized me immediately as “Bree”.  When I was writing the blog from Georgia this winter, there was a post in which I asked readers to send in photos of their pets.  Joan had sent a picture of Abby, her beautiful Abyssinian cat, and Abby and Maddie became “pawpals” over the winter.  Joan stopped by the Stuart House on Wednesday, and we kidnapped a visitor long enough to snap a photo of us. 

Joan and I. Later that morning all of Joan's friends came by to meet me - three couples! They were a riot - what fun it must be to travel with that group! Joan is from Shelby Township, a little town near Detroit.

Any of you who read the comments of this blog know that a lady named Hilde comments every day – and usually she is the first commenter each day.  I look forward to Hilde’s words, and if she didn’t say something one day, I would probably call 911 and ask them to check on her – she’s that dependable!  Hilde and her husband Bud were on the Island all this week, and I’ve seen them several times.  They also came by the Stuart House (a sure thing if you want to catch me – I’m there every Wednesday from 10-2).  These two are Mackinac Island enthusiasts of the first degree.  They love everything about this rock and are marking trails off on their map as they hike them –  just like Ted and I used to do. 

Bud, me, and Hilde on the porch of the Stuart House Museum. They are from Illinois.

Hilde posted these two photos on her Facebook page, and I asked if I could use them.  They are two of the most beautiful island sunset photos I’ve ever seen.  Thanks, Hilde!

It’s Labor Day weekend, and I can’t believe summer is almost over.  The Labor Day Bridge Walk is Monday – Ted plans to walk it again – I don’t think I will, but you never know!  Please be careful and have fun over the holiday, and please keep our East Coast friends in your prayers, as they deal with the affects of Hurricane Earl.  I’ll see you back here on Tuesday morning (I’m taking a long weekend/mini-vacation from blogging), good Lord willing.  God bless.