You all know how I love visiting Mackinac during the winter. I’ve gotten that opportunity three times, and if there was a way I could go every year, I’d be there in an instant. With our Alaska trip in May already on the books (and the penny-saving in full swing), I knew a trip this winter was out of the question. But I’ve just visited vicariously through Kem and Ed Green, and now you can do the same through their photos.
Kem and Ed are friends we met through Bree’s Blog. They’re from Iowa, and of all my readers, they would rank right up there in the top five as “almost” loving the island as much as we do. Kem has wanted to spend a few days on the island during the winter for several years now, and this week her dream came true. They arrived on Sunday, and since the winter ferry takes that day off, they also got to fly over to the island for the first time. They loved all seven minutes of the flight!
When I got their visit details, I immediately texted friends Eugenia Murray and Pam Day, who are on the island during the winter. I sent them a photo of Kem and Ed and asked them to be on the lookout to say hello. Kem was in Doud’s on Monday and she said, “There was this woman who kept looking at her cellphone and then looking at me, looking at her cellphone and looking at me. She finally came over, showed me a photo of Ed and I and said, ‘Is this you?’ It was Pam Day!” They just missed meeting Eugenia the night before in Cawthorne’s Village Inn. I had to confess to having them stalked. Hmmm – maybe next time I should mention it to the “stalkees”!
Bless Kem’s heart, she came down with a bad cold the second day she was there and didn’t get in nearly as much hiking as Ed did. But Kem’s dream of just nestling in, reading while watching the snow fall, and soaking up the quiet and calm of a Mackinac winter was thoroughly satisfied. Ed took most of the pics that follow, as he roamed around the island for the next several days.
The weekly street hockey game. The Mackinac Wings won against St. Ignace 7-1!
As usual, there is a lot of construction going on during the winter. With very little snow and temps staying in the teens and 20’s, everything is moving along at a rapid pace. Next summer Martha’s Sweet Shop will be replaced by a market and deli owned by Andrew Doud.
And the Leather Corral will be a new shop – owner to be announced soon.
The Greens also report the Chippewa has new floors and a new bar, and Twist N Sprouts is relocating.
Ed got this great shot after snow arrived the night before. The Scout Barracks building is on the left, and that’s the back of Fort Macknac in the center, with Lake Huron beyond.
Love that Ed trekked up Cadotte to get this photo of our old condos. And yes, the one we owned is now on the market.
Ice on the West shore.
Cupola suites are being added on the east side this winter at Grand Hotel.
The beautiful Bay View Inn in the snow.
The highway on the east side of the island.
One item of Kem’s wishlist for their winter visit was to go to the island library and read in front of the fireplace. When she arrived she walked to the back of the library to see a very different view from when she’d been there this past summer.
She was delighted to find a huge jigsaw puzzle set up in front of the window, waiting for anyone who wanted to while away an afternoon.
But . . . . what she didn’t find was a fire in the fireplace. Kem and Anne St. Onge, the librarian, were the only ones in the library that day. She and Anne struck up a conversation, and Kem mentioned she was so looking forward to curling up with her book in front of the fire, but she understood why there wouldn’t be one with so few people there. And then one of those things happened that makes Mackinac so magical.
Anne opened the grate, and built a fire. And Kem’s wish came true.
Thanks so much, Kem and Ed, for sharing your winter adventure with all of us!
MORE MACKINAC NEWS
This was Winter Festival Weekend, so the island was buzzing with visitors. Among many other activities, folks got to participate in the opening of the Mackinac Ice Rink near the corner of Arch Rock Road and Huron Road.
Nora Bailey tries out the ice rink.
The Bailey family (Mary, Jeri-Lynn and Nora – Brian was the photographer) also took part in the second Twilight Turtle Trek of the winter season. Islanders and visitors were able to ski and snow-shoe for two hours along almost two miles of groomed, track set trails, lit by lanterns. The final Twilight Turtle Trek will be March 4.
Mary Bailey playing some Snow-Golf during Winter Festival
A FEW MORE FROM THE ISLAND
Beautiful St. Anne’s Church on Friday. (Photo: Tom Chambers)
A Clark Bloswick sunrise (did you spot the bunny)?
Bodie turned 10 months old this week and added counter-surfing to his repertoire of tricks. I turned my back to grab a drink from the frig, and he helped himself to the pimento-and-cheese sandwich I’d just made. Oh, the mischief in those eyes!
AND FROM FLORIDA . . . .
Visitors Dale and Jean, Spring Lake MI neighbors of newly-found cousins Dave and Diane Bennink, dropped by the Visitor’s Center at Fort Matanzas to meet Ted. They were in St. Augustine for a few days of vacation in a warmer climate.
Speaking of newly-found family, Ted is flying to Albuquerque NM on Tuesday to spend a few days with his birth mother’s brother, his Uncle Ken. Uncle Ken is 94 years old, and he and Ted have spent many, many hours on the phone since Ted discovered his birth mother’s family. They can’t wait to meet in person and share stories, and I can’t wait to hear them when Ted returns on Friday.
Have a great week!