We didn’t have to worry about time dragging by this week! Ted and I (and Maddie and Bodie) were busy with work, doctor appointments, and a wonderful visit from friends. And every time I checked on things on Mackinac, there was something else going on up there – including the first snow of winter!
Our Oklahoma friends (who also own a condo where we were at Surrey Ridge), Buz and Patty Wierwick, visited us for three nights this week as part of their three-week driving tour of the south. They had never been to Florida or Georgia, and I think they fell in love with both states! Their children are “doing” Thanksgiving at other relatives this week, so Buz and Patty are going to be having Thanksgiving dinner in Mobile, AL on their way back home. We spent a few hours touring St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States, on Thursday.
Stops included the oldest wooden school house in the U.S. . . .
. . . . and we just had to stop in for refreshments at St. George Tavern, which claims to be “The Oldest Pub in the Oldest City.”
On our way out of St. Augustine, we rode by the Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S. At over 315 years old, it’s the oldest structure in St. Augustine. Have you noticed that every sentence about St. Augustine contains the word “old”?
Ted finally got our boat out of storage last week, so we took our guests out for a ride on the Intercoastal on Friday – a gorgeous Florida November day! We’re so glad we got to see these great friends for a few days during the winter, and we can’t wait to get together again on the island next summer!
WINTER ARRIVES ON MACKINAC!
The calm before the storm – near sunset earlier in the week. Grand Hotel and Fort Mackinac by Tom Chambers.
Sunrise from the water on Thursday – by Stephanie Fortino on her way to the island.
A sunrise on Friday from Clark Bloswick.
Ahead of the snow came a gale warning. Jason St. Onge, who posted this pic of the freighter James Barker, said it was in the 60’s with calm waters earlier on Saturday. Saturday night and Sunday’s forecast included gale warnings with gusts up to 50 mph for the Straits of Mackinac and the island. The James Barker was setting anchor to take refuge between Mackinac Island and St. Ignace. Peak winds were to arrive around 4 pm Saturday.
Molly McGreevy posted this pic from a Marine Traffic App, showing the James Barker wasn’t the only vessel to take cover in the St. Ignace “parking lot”. For those interested, the green icons from bottom to top are the freighters James Barker, Cuyahoga, Edwin H. Gott, Algoma Enterprise, and Calument. The light blue icon are tugs. From top down The Michigan, The Rebecca Lynn and The Anglian Lady closest to land.
A Clark Bloswick photo from this morning at British Landing.
Clark’s view of the town this morning. He said the island got a couple of inches overnight.
Bodie had his first official grooming last week, and I’m so happy to report it went very well. Raina, our wonderful groomer, said he was good on the table. Even better – his trainer taught me how to load him in my car the day before our grooming appointment. With a couple of simple instructions, Bodie now jumps right into the back seat and seems content to either lay down or sit in the back and take in the scenery. Please, Lord, let this last! As much as you all know how much I loved my sweet Bear, he was a terrible traveler.
How Bodie sleeps at night. Cracks me up!
We took Bodie and Maddie out to Washington Oaks State Park this afternoon for a little adventure. Bodie discovered his shadow . . .
. . . and loved running free up and down the trails!
My sweet fur babies. . . .
So darn cute!
A FEW EXTRA
An awesome sunrise over our Flagler Beach pier by friend Linda Brendlinger. We lost a portion of the end of the pier to Hurricane Matthew.
Some beautiful shots of last week’s super moon from blog reader Cheryl Haddon from Illinois. Wow!
How can you not smile with these two characters around!
Who let the dogs out?! We have this big holding pond in our community, and it is usually dry. It makes a really fine dog park! From the front, that’s Maddie, Bodie, Ryder (an English Golden Retriever), little Joey (a MinPin), and Raschal (an Australian Shepherd). They LOVE playing together out there!
I had to end with this one. This photo from Greg Main shows a very unusual vertical cloud. If God ever chose to show us what His angels must look like, I think this cloud is a great representation.
Personal note: As all of you who have been readers over the years know, I usually take the month of November off from blogging. I didn’t want to do that this year, because of course I wanted to share our first month with Bodie with you.
So, I’m going to take a little breather now until the first of January. Per doctor’s orders, I’m starting physical therapy again on my neck, and I just need some time to recharge my jets. Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us, and I know we’re all going to be extra busy. It’s a good time to take a break from writing!
I’ll still be around on Facebook, so we can always say “hi” from there!
In advance, the Horton household wishes all of you the happiest of Thanksgivings and a very Merry Christmas. We’ll see you back here during the first week in January, 2017. It promises to be an exciting year for us. We have an Alaska cruise coming up in May, three months on Mackinac again during the summer, and lots of fun with a growing Bodie and our sweet little Maddie girl.
Sending much love and hugs from our house to yours!