So happy to be writing about Mackinac again! I feel as though our two weeks in Alaska (and then two weeks spent writing about it) pulled me far away from the island, but our trip to Alaska is something I will remember and cherish forever. It was awesome, but now it’s time to switch back into my favorite gear and get caught up on what’s been happening up north!
The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival is in full swing! As happens most years, the lilacs are blooming at exactly the right time, and thousands of visitors a day are walking off ferries into that enchanted “back in time” land of lilacs, fudge, horses, beautiful homes and flower gardens.
This beautiful young lady is Amelia Balinski. I met her along with her mom (Theresa), dad, and brother Mike at Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor several years ago. The whole family had been reading Bree’s Blog for years, and it was a real treat to meet this wonderful group face to face. Amelia is spending her second (I think it’s her second) summer on Mackinac as a Dock Greeter for Mackinac State Historic Parks, and she also is a Ticket Agent and Tour Guide for Haunts of Mackinac. I just wanted to introduce you because many of the photos you’ll be seeing today are Amelia’s, and maybe if you’re on the island and spot her, you can say hello!
A close up of lilacs in two different shades. (Photo: Amelia Balinski)
I can just imagine what the air smells like along this white rail fence on Main Street near the Marina! (Photo: Sandi Steensma)
Along that same white fence – lilacs bend in the breeze as a horse team pulls a shuttle toward Mission Point. (Photo: Grace Reimer)
Lilacs, lighthouses, and lamp posts – beautifully framed by Katy Rise.
St. Anne’s – through the lilacs. (Photo: Dan Denardo)
Main Street is definitely playing a starring role in this year’s Lilac Festival! (Photo: Sandi Steensma)
Lilacs aren’t the only flowers blooming on Mackinac. These tulips are bright and happy at Mission Point Resort. (Photo: Amelia Balinski)
On Sunday, June 11, a storm hit Mackinac during the afternoon. Thank goodness the damage it did was much less than it could have been. The ferocity of this storm’s appearance was really terrifying, but except for one tree down and limbs breaking here and there, the island fared well.
This photograph was shown on WZZM-TV as a shelf cloud built over the Mackinac Bridge. . . .
. . . and Sandi Steensma captured the cloud just before the storm broke over the island.
Before the bridge was closed for a short time, this trailer, being pulled behind a truck, was tossed on its side.
HERE AND THERE AROUND MACKINAC
Beach flowers can find a way to bloom even through stone. This cheery yellow face appeared among the rocks on the island’s east side. (Photo: Tom Chambers)
The Pearl Mist, a Great Lakes cruise ship, arrives on Wednesday morning. (Photo: Tom Chambers)
Runners pass through downtown during the Lilac Festival Race. (Photo: Katy Rise)
Grand Hotel continues to add wildflowers, lilacs and milkweed to their lawn in an effort to attract and sustain Monarch butterflies, whose numbers have decreased on the island in recent years. (Photo: Grand Hotel)
Jennifer Sorrentino spotted this baby owl on the island this week. How cute is that!
Friend Pam Day took this shot from the porch of her condo across from the Grand Golf Course one morning this week. Ted and I will be in those same condos the middle of July, and I hope to join Pam for a cup of coffee!
A just for fun shot by Jill Sawatzki. Jill found a whole dolly full of Moomers Ice Cream containers sitting unattended near the Island Bookstore. Glad I wasn’t there, or we might have tempted each other into arranging for at least one of those containers to end up in the condo freezer! FYI: All that goodness was on its way to the Good Day Café on Main Street!
Something hard to see and harder to get a close-up of on Mackinac – a baby bunny. (Photo: Amelia Balinski)
And the sun sets on another beautiful Mackinac day . . .
. . . both photos by Amelia Balinski.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
Happy Father’s Day in Heaven to my daddy, Leonard Sumner. He loved my mama . . .
See you back here soon for more Mackinac news and what’s happening at the beach!
. . . and me with a love that was unconditional and never ending. He gave me, his only child, the kind of childhood every little girl should have. I love you, daddy, and Imiss you every day. Till then . . .