After a spring snowfall last week that allowed islanders to get a few more trips out of their snowmobiles, this week finds Mackinac residents celebrating the beginning of passenger service to the island!
On March 29, Robert McGreevy captured the island one more time in all its winter glory . . . .
. . . and reminded us once again there is no other place on earth as beautiful as Mackinac during the winter.
The battle of ferry vs ice begins. Star Line’s Anna May making progress on March 30. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)
Nothing is as exciting to islanders who have endured another cold, isolated winter as the first ferry making it to the dock. Arnold’s mighty Huron was the first boat in, after almost two days of slamming through the ice between St. Ignace and Mackinac! (Photo: Clark Bloswick)
On the next day, April 1, Shepler’s Sacre Bleu made the dock and was promptly loaded with many of the islanders’ snowmobiles – to be taken to the mainland for storage. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)
Direct quote from Shepler’s on April 1: “TOUCHDOWN, Shepler’s! We have officially made it to Mackinac Island. If you compare today’s first successful trip to when this happened last year, we are 24 days ahead of schedule. The ice story that 9&10 News has been covering with us all day will be the top news story tonight at 6:00.”
And here’s the 9 and 10 News of the Sacre Bleu’s trip across: http://www.9andere10news.com/story/28697521/mackinac-island-ferries-ready-for-spring
A great shot from Bruce LaPine of the blue water that has opened up around the perimeter of the island.
A new flag for a new season! Love this angle, Tracy! (Photo: Tracy Cowell)
Let the 2015 Season begin!!
Personal Note: All this afternoon one of the next puzzle pieces has been going into place in our downstairs entry-way.
My wonderful interior designer, Amber Clore (and her talented brother Jim) put the finishing touches on our downstairs area from the front door to the downstairs bedrooms, and now it looks exactly like we’d envisioned.
Amber has a wonderful way of taking a few sketchy ideas and turning them into something way beyond what I could have dreamed.
Can’t wait to show y’all the finished product on Sunday!
Have a wonderful Easter weekend with your families. HE is risen!