Through the Eyes of Fudgies – Part II 8/30/16

On Sunday you read about Kim and R.D.’s first-time visit to Mackinac.   Today it’s all about Debra and Glen!

Debra and Glen Phelps

As someone who came to the island for the first time over 15 years ago and has cried like a baby as I’ve left each year since then, I can recognize a total convert to Mackinac-ism in an instant.  Debra learned about the island from reading this blog and has wanted to come up here for years.  She came, she saw, she fell in love  – hook, line and sinker.  When she tried to book a room for next summer before they had even checked out from this visit, I knew I had a true-blue Mackinac fan on my hands!  Debra’s husband Glen is “almost” as Mackinac-in-love as Debra, and that will make for a very happy family over the coming year, as they plan their next trip.

Debra’s beautiful photographs have captured a vast segment of Mackinac’s beauty, and her words from her Facebook page tell the story of her island trip much better than I could.  From this point on, I’ll use Debra’s words:

Debra and Glen Phelps

Debra and Glen Phelps

"Mackinac Island is as beautiful and unique as I expected! It is like going back in time with the town, 'cottages', horses, carriages and bicycles (no cars allowed).

“Mackinac Island is as beautiful and unique as I expected! It is like going back in time . . .

. . . with the town, "cottages", horses, carriages and bicycles (no cars allowed)."

. . . with the town, “cottages”, horses, carriages and bicycles (no cars allowed).”

"The gardens and Lake Huron are gorgeous."

“The temperature today only reached a high of 70 degrees.”  (Spoken in amazement by a true Georgia girl!)

 

"And the temperature today only reached a high of 70 degrees." (Spoken in amazement by a true Georgia girl!)

“And the gardens and Lake Huron are gorgeous.”

"We toured the one and only opulent Grand Hotel today."

“We toured the one and only opulent Grand Hotel today.”

Many famous people have stayed hee since it opened in 1887. Somewhere in Time was filmed here. The pool is named after Esther Williams because she swam in their pool in a movie that was filmed here."

“Many famous people have stayed here since it opened in 1887. Somewhere in Time was filmed here. The pool is named after Esther Williams because she swam in their pool in a movie that was filmed here (This Time for Keeps).”

"The pictures don't do it justice. The porch is the longest in the world (660 feet). Glen liked the rocking chairs on the porch best."

“The pictures don’t do it justice. The porch is the longest in the world (660 feet). Glen liked the rocking chairs on the porch best.”

"More pictures of Mackinac Island . . . the cottages . . .

“More pictures of Mackinac Island . . . the cottages . . .

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. . . flowers . . .

. . . flowers . . .

. . . the Grand carriages . . .

. . . the Grand carriages . . .

. . . Lake Huron . . .

. . . Lake Huron . . .

. . . and the beautiful Arch Rock formation. Everything is truly beautiful."

. . . and the beautiful Arch Rock formation. Everything is truly beautiful.”

 

"Today the Hortons (who are in very good shape), the Harters (who can ride a tandem bike in total unison) and Glen and I (who are very out of shape) rode bikes on the 8.2 mile bike/horse road that completely circles the outer edge of Mackinac Island."

“Today the Hortons (who are in very good shape), the Harters (who can ride a tandem bike in total unison) and Glen and I (who are very out of shape) rode bikes on the 8.2 mile bike/horse road that completely circles the outer edge of Mackinac Island.”

"The sin was shining, the wind was blowing and the gorgeous lake waves were rolling in." We stopped for a photo at Devil's Kitchen."

“The sin was shining, the wind was blowing and the gorgeous lake waves were rolling in.  We stopped for a photo at Devil’s Kitchen.”

"Exercise is fun in this weather and when surrounded by such beauty."

“Exercise is fun in this weather and when surrounded by such beauty.”

"Yesterday we visited Grand Hotel where the movie Somewhere in Time was filmed. On the bike ride today, Ted showed us the tree from the scene where Elyse first saw Richard and she said, "Is it really you?" Here Glen and I are standing in front of that tree."

“Yesterday we visited Grand Hotel where the movie Somewhere in Time was filmed. On the bike ride today, Ted showed us the tree from the scene where Elyse first saw Richard and she said, ‘Is it you?’ Here Glen and I are standing in front of that tree.”

"Brenda took me to the staircase at Grand Hotel that Richard ran down to meet Elyse when she was calling him."

“Brenda took me to the staircase at Grand Hotel where Richard ran down to meet Elyse when she was calling him.”

"As I was walking Tessa this evening I noticed that the city building and churches are historic in keeping with all else on Mackinac Island. This is Little Stone Church where Brenda and Ted attend."

“As I was walking Tessa this evening I noticed the city buildings and churches are historic, in keeping with all else on Mackinac Island. This is Little Stone Church where Brenda and Ted attend.”

"Notice that even police and firefighters ride bikes!"

“Notice that even police ride bikes!”

"Today it rained on Mackinac. But it did not keep anyone from continuing to enjoy this paradise. Glen and I went on the "once a week" tour of the Governor's Cottage this morning. Because of the rain and the very steep hill that it sits on we took a taxi which is a horse drawn carriage."

“Today it rained on Mackinac. But it did not keep anyone from continuing to enjoy this paradise. Glen and I went on the “once a week” tour of the Governor’s Cottage this morning. Because of the rain and the very steep hill that it sits on, we took a taxi which is a horse drawn carriage.  Glen and I are standing on the porch of the Governor’s Cottage, which has been used by Michigan governors and their dignitary and presidential friends for many years.”

"Later in the day when the rain broke, I walked up and down "our street" and took some more pics. This is the rental horse stable, 'Cindy's'".

“Later in the day, when the rain broke, I walked up and down ‘our street’ and took some more pics. This is the rental horse stable, ‘Cindy’s'”.

"When we got back to Park Place Suites, Tessa and I were sitting in our courtyard and the 'garbagemen' came in a horse drawn dray! I do love this place!"

“When we got back to Park Place Suites, Tessa and I were sitting in our courtyard and the ‘garbagemen’ came in a horse drawn dray! I do love this place!”

"Tonight's walk took me to the end of our street that runs into Lake uron and gave me the opportunity to admire the Mackinac Bridge at night."

“Tonight’s walk took me to the end of our street that runs into Lake uron and gave me the opportunity to admire the Mackinac Bridge at night.”

"Then off I went to get some delicious Moomer's Ice Cream (at the No Name Café), followed by Taps at the fort.

“Then off I went to get some delicious Moomer’s Ice Cream (at the No Name Café), followed by Taps at the fort.

"Today Ted, Glen and I visited Fort Mackinac that overlooks beautiful Marquette Park where I let Tessa play."

“Today Ted, Glen and I visited Fort Mackinac that overlooks beautiful Marquette Park, where I let Tessa play.”

"I feared that it would just be old buildings. I was wrong! The many buikdings were filled with period furnishings, historical information and activities for children."

“I feared that it would just be old buildings. I was wrong! The many buildings were filled with period furnishings, historical information and activities for children.”

"There were also gun and cannon demonstrations. And there was an outdoor restaurant with the best view in town!"

“There were also gun and cannon demonstrations. And there was an outdoor restaurant with the best view in town!”

"After the fort, Ted took Glen and me for a walk on Anne's Tablet Trail (one of many trails) through a beautiful wooded area. The tablet seen on the trail honors the memory of a local author from years ago."

“After the fort, Ted took Glen and me for a walk on Anne’s Tablet Trail (one of many trails) through a beautiful wooded area. The tablet seen on the trail honors the memory of a local author from years ago.”

"Ted led us through the woods to the East Bluff where more pretty vintage cottages were lined up with million dollar views and beautiful flower gardens."

“Ted led us through the woods to the East Bluff where more pretty vintage cottages were lined up, with million dollar views and beautiful flower gardens.”

"I loved our walk so much that I immediately went a second time showing it to Tessa!"

“I loved our walk so much that I immediately went a second time, showing it to Tessa!”

"Bittersweet picture of Shepler's Ferry that took us away from the island."

“Bittersweet picture of Shepler’s Ferry that took us away from the island.”

"I am leaving a piece of my heart here and am sad to leave. But how blessed I am to have experienced this paradise! Glen and I love Mackinac Island so much that we plan to visit again next year. I hope all of you who have followed this trip with me will visit the island too."

“I am leaving a piece of my heart here and am sad to leave. But how blessed I am to have experienced this paradise! Glen and I love Mackinac Island so much that we plan to visit again next year. I hope all of you who have followed this trip with me will visit the island too.”

A few more of Debra’s photographs. . . .

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Ted and I had a blast showing Kim, R.D., Debra, and Glen Mackinac Island.  To paraphrase the slogan from the former Atlanta Journal, “We covered Mackinac like the dew.”  We tried our best to wear them out each day, but they were real troopers and just kept on going – even in the rain!

Hope you’ve enjoyed the island through the eyes of these four fudgies!

God bless.

 

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The Perfect Day 7/15/2011

WE HAVE A WINNER ON THE MYSTERY SPOT!    She is Cathy Cislak from Indianapolis, Indiana.  See the end of this post for the answer.

Tuesday was a perfect day on Mackinac Island.  I know, I know – if you listen to me on a regular basis, you’d think they’re all pretty much perfect, but some are more perfect than others, and Tuesday was one of those.

When we left the condo around 10:30 that morning, we had no idea we’d be gone over six hours, but by the time we returned in the middle of the afternoon, we had enough tan marks and tired muscles to prove we’d been on quite the outing!

What made the day even more perfect was having Charlie go with us everywhere.  Even though Mackinac Island banned motorized vehicles many years ago, the island allows persons with disabilities that hinder physical exertion the use of motorized scooters.  Without that allowance, many people would never get to experience the island the way it should be experienced – out on the roads and trails where the beauty of this magical spot can be enjoyed to its fullest.  We are so thankful the city has granted this exemption to the motorized ban, and we also understand they have to be diligent so no one takes advantage of this special allowance.

The airport was our first stop. Charlie retired from Delta Airlines after 32 years as a pilot.

The little airplane that was landing as we watched was quite a bit smaller than the 767's he was flying when he retired!

We always love talking with Assistant Airport Manager Dennis Bradley.

We left the airport and took Annex Road around to British Landing Road, where we turned left. This took us to the far eastern end of the runway.

Happy yellow flowers cover the island right now. The woods are still full of yellow Hawkweed, but these looked more like some form of daisy. (I'm sure one of my readers will know what they are.)

We stopped at the new community stable where we petted a few horses, peeked into the entrance of Wawashkamo Golf Club just as a Freisian-driven buggy pulled in to pick up some golfers, and then continued out British Landing Road for another mile-and-a-half to the Cannonball Restaurant, which was doing a booming lunch business. We parked, found a table, and ordered hotdogs and hamburgers.

I love that the livery stables now have a worker stationed at Cannonball. When one of the drive-it-yourself buggies arrives (after traveling half-way around the island), both drivers and horses need a rest. This way, the visitors can get off the buggy, leave their horse in the capable hands of a livery employee, and enjoy lunch or a snack. The horse gets to rest, get water, and munch on some grass. Very cool. Oh! Don't forget that the Cannonball is offering the wonderful evening hayrides again. Take a hayride out to the Cannonball, have a fantastic meal outside (barbeque chicken and ribs and all the trimmings) then back into town on the haywagon at sunset. Awesome!

We left the Cannonball at British Landing and headed for town . . .

. . . passing the beautiful homes along the southwest side of the island.

The road around the island is 8.2 miles.

We stopped to walk to the beach . . .

. . . where Cathy and I walked down to the water.

A mama duck and her newly hatched brood were riding the ferry waves near the shore . . .

and Ted tried his hand at stone-skipping.

We had stopped where three huge power lines come onto the island. These lines run from St. Ignace under Lake Huron and provide electricity for homes and businesses. It's certainly not one of the loveliest sights on the island, but it's a real necessity to those of us who live here.

By the time we reached Devil's Kitchen, we had traveled 2 1/2 miles from British Landing.

After stopping to take photos at the Somewhere in Time marker, Ted and Charlie continued on into town. Cathy and I pushed our bikes up the steep hill that brought us out behind the Grand Hotel pool.

We returned to the condo physically tired out, but so pumped full of healthy air and sunshine that we could hardly sit still.  We ate a huge dinner (fudge for dessert), and we were all asleep before the skies had fully turned dark.  It was a glorius day!

On Monday I’ll take you on a flower tour of the gardens around the pool and shade garden of the Grand.  I’m going to post a few pics this weekend also, so please tune in on Saturday and Sunday.

We did not have two perfect days in a row.  On Wednesday, Cathy took a header off her bike downtown and had to be transported to the Medical Center by ambulance.  Besides a big bump – and a pretty deep laceration – on her head (and a sore tush), she’s just fine.  Did I take photos?  Of course I did!  I’ll share that little drama with you next week, after I hopefully get permission from the EMT service to put it online.

Also next week, more photos of  events happening on the island – like the Chicago to Mackinac Race (which begins Saturday, July 16th) and  this year’s Festival of the Horse, which begins on the 21st.  Summer is in full gear now, and running out of events to write about and photos to take is not an option.  This place is booming!  But why take my word for it?  Come on up and experience the magic in person!

Another "teaser" for Monday's post about the gardens at the Grand Hotel!

THE MYSTERY SPOT
The Mystery Spot this week is pretty easy to spot – IF you happen to be in the right place!   The object is to be the first to identify where the object is located. When you think you have the answer, email me at brendasumnerhorton@hotmail.com. I’ll check my email several times a day, and as soon as we have a winner, I’ll post the winner’s name at the top of this blog so you can stop guessing, AND I’ll post the full photo of the mystery spot at the bottom of the blog with the answer. Is there a prize for the winner – yes there is; but the prize is secret, and the only ones who will know what it is are the winners. To be fair, I’m asking residents of Mackinac Island to please NOT guess. This is just for readers who don’t live here . . . but would like to! And the Mystery Spot is . . . .

Where is it?

 Again, please email your answers to me at brendasumnerhorton@hotmail.com.

MYSTERY SPOT ANSWER

 

The beautiful eagle sitting atop the world globe stands watch over one of the West Bluff cottages at the east end of Pontiac's Trail (you can see the turnstile to the trail at the bottom of this photo).