The Ferry! The Ferry! 4/2/15

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!

Robert McGreevy captured the island once more in all its winter glory . . . .

On March 29, Robert McGreevy captured the island one more time in all its winter glory . . . .

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. . . 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)

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 made it in after almost two days of slamming through the ice between St. Ignace and Mackinac

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 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)

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)

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. No "foolsing" about it, today has been a great April 1st!

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

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!  (Photo: Tracy Cowell)

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 finishes touches on our downstairs area from the front door to the downstairs bedrooms, and now it looks exactly like we'd envisioned.

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.

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! 

 

9 thoughts on “The Ferry! The Ferry! 4/2/15

  1. Love the winter pictures. Would love to be there sometime in the winter!! Daffodils and tulips are starting to pop up here in Wisconsin!! Can’t wait to see how the wall turns out.

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  2. Brenda,

    The first thing I must say is that it is so nice to see the “closeness” of Amber and Jim. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a guy grow out of his sister’s shoulder.

    I’m so glad to see that the boats have been able to get through the ice to the Island, but I’m sure I’m not half as glad as the Islanders are. However, I do feel sorry for those workers who will be coming from Jamaica before long. The first month or so must be really hard on them.

    Yes, He is risen. That’s one thing I like about the church of Christ. We celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Christ every first day of the week, not just at Easter or a few times a year.

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  3. Easter Blessings Brenda and Ted and family,
    And to all who read this spend time thanking our Lord.
    For our families, friends and each new breath of the day.
    Spend your time to tell them how much they mean to you…

    Blessings,
    The Balinski Family

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  4. I’m really glad to see the ferries running again, but that means the beautiful snowy woodsy scenes will soon be disappearing……but then the Island will erupt in beautiful color. Such a beautiful place, winter, spring, summer and fall! Can’t wait to see your finished entry way project. Looks interesting. Happy Easter to you and your family!

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