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.

 

49757 Postcard – #4 (7/23/16)

Dear Readers,

If you’ve never seen the movie Somewhere in Time, filmed on Mackinac Island, this postcard may have little meaning.

In the movie, there is a scene where Elise McKenna, an actress, is on stage and gives this monologue, which is not part of the script of the play:

The man of my dreams has almost faded now. The one I have created in my mind. The sort of man each woman dreams of, in the deepest and most secret reaches of her heart. I can almost see him now before me. What would I say to him if he were really here? "Forgive me. I have never known this feeling. I have lived without it all my life. Is it any wonder, then, I failed to recognise you? You, who brought it to me for the first time. Is there any way that I can tell you how my life has changed? Any way at all to let you know what sweetness you have given me? There is so much to say. I cannot find the words. Except for these: I love you". Such would I say to him if he were really here.

“The man of my dreams has almost faded now. The one I have created in my mind. The sort of man each woman dreams of, in the deepest and most secret reaches of her heart. I can almost see him now before me. What would I say to him if he were really here? “Forgive me. I have never known this feeling. I have lived without it all my life. Is it any wonder, then, I failed to recognise you? You, who brought it to me for the first time. Is there any way that I can tell you how my life has changed? Any way at all to let you know what sweetness you have given me? There is so much to say. I cannot find the words. Except for these: I love you”. Such would I say to him if he were really here.”

Christopher Reeve, playing Richard, listening to Elise declare her love.

Christopher Reeve, playing Richard Collier, listening to Elise declare her love.

During our girls’ day, Patty, Jill, Sue and I stood in the auditorium at Mission Point Resort where those words were spoken by Jane Seymour, playing Elise McKenna.

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The stage in Mission Point Resort.

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The chair occupied by Christopher Reeve playing Richard Collier.

If you haven’t seen the movie, find it and rent it or buy it.  THE MOST ROMANTIC MOVIE OF ALL TIME.  I promise!

Wish you were here.

 

And Then There Was None. 10/16/09

Have you ever had one of those moments when you are sitting at your computer and you very innocently hit a key, and suddenly you think, “Oh no, oh no, oh no, oh no!”  And you instantly start screaming “Stop, stop, stop, stop!”  And your stomach suddenly feels like you are going to seriously be very sick right on top of your laptop, and you know that is not going to help anything, so you just go back to “Oh no, stop, oh no, stop, oh no, stop!”

Have you ever had one of those moments? 

I did this afternoon.

Jill and I had spent about 2 hours at the Grand Hotel watching the first crowd of Somewhere in Time visitors check in.  I took some really great photos of ladies and gentlemen getting off the carriages, strolling through the Grand, and having high tea – outfitted as if it was still the early 1900’s – beautiful dresses, beautiful hats, beautiful shoes, just . . . . . beautiful. 

My plan was to post about three photos and then sign off with “see you on Monday with a whole weekend of Somewhere in Time fantasies.”

Details really make no difference – here it is in plain language.  I hit the wrong key and erased every picture on my camera disk.  I had downloaded about half the pictures from the disk this morning to a flash drive, but every photo from the time I did the blog on Ted’s golf game through this afternoon at the Grand (including the last two weeks of fall color photos) is gone – erased – no more – vanished.  I am sick, sick, sick!

Tomorrow I will be at the Grand most of the day with the Somewhere in Time participants, so at least I will have another chance to get the photos. 

So tonight, thanks to Jill and her camera, I offer a few photos that she took this afternoon before she met me at the Grand.  I just got these at 10:30 tonight, so I know she has been running around downtown trying to find wireless somewhere so she could send them, after I told her what an idiot I was to erase my disk.  Believe me, she is going to get a lecture from me tomorrow for doing that.  And I know exactly what she will say when I am finished . . . “That’s what friends do for friends.”  And how am I supposed to argue with that.

Here are Jill’s random shots, and they are good random shots – she is a really good photographer. 

Our friends, Bonnie and Don, on the dray with all their "stuff".  They left today on the 3 p.m. ferry, heading for downstate Michigan and Florida for the winter.  Sweet, sweet couple.  That's Eddie driving the horses.

Our friends, Bonnie and Don, on the dray with all their "stuff". They left today on the 3 p.m. ferry, heading for downstate Michigan and Florida for the winter. Sweet, sweet couple. That's Eddie driving the horses.

 

Two Somewhere in Time ladies strolling around downtown this afternoon.  They needed those big coats - the temp never got out of the 40's today.

Two Somewhere in Time ladies strolling around downtown this afternoon. They needed those big coats - the temp never got out of the 40's today.

 

 

Frankie's chocolate lab, Hershey, looking for a little handout from Jeanine.

Frankie's chocolate lab, Hershey, looking for a little handout from Jeanine.

Even the header at the top of the page is compliments of Jill – a picture she took this summer when an artist was doing a portrait of Duck (Don Andress) in front of the Victorian Summer Art Gallery.

My only contribution to this blog, other than the writing, is a technicolor photo of my shiner.  I had already downloaded it onto Picasso to crop, so it didn’t get erased.  I saw Ron, one of the taxi drivers, today when Judy, my condo friend, and I were downtown for lunch.  Ron and I spoke as always, and he didn’t acknowledge that he noticed anything different.  But when he brought Ted home from town this afternoon after it started raining, his first question to Ted was, “What happened to your wife’s face?”

eye1I have been getting some really funny looks.  People who don’t know me will kind of glance my way, then quickly look in the other direction.  People who do know me and haven’t heard about my little accident, take one look and say, “Oh my gosh, what happened to you!”

I came up with three answers to that question, and I just use whichever one pops into my head first:

  • “Yeah, but you should see the other guy!”
  • “I’m trying out different masks for Halloween.  What do you think of this one?”
  • . . . . and my personal favorite – “I fought the horse, and the horse won.”

So, dear readers, until Monday, when I promise, good Lord willing, to have a weekend of Somewhere in Time stories and photos for you, have a wonderful weekend filled with family, friends, and fun.  God bless.

BLOG UPDATE:  I had placed a frantic call to my favorite computer guru, Lana in Atlanta, last night after I lost all my pics.  She was not at home, but when she got in last night her husband relayed my message to her.  This morning (Friday) she emailed me a site location for some software that might recover the pics.  And it did!  Technology is so amazing! 

Thanks to all who have sent me suggestions to recover the pics.  I needed all the help I could get.  The pics are safely stored in a folder on my desktop.  All is well.