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!
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!
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 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)
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 (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, Marquette Park, and Fort Mackinac in the background.
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 five are from Jan.
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’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 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! 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.
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 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.
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!
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!