The photos I’ve been receiving from Mackinac Island this week still show ice in the harbor and on the Straits, and people bundled up in layers, but . . . . the ferries are running, the snowmobiles are stored away, bikes are on the streets, and the horses are coming back!
The surest sign of Spring for Mackinac . . . a ferry full of horses. They return to the island still carrying their winter fat and coats; but soon their curried and slimmed-down-by-working-again bodies will be seen on every Mackinac Street . . . ready for another season! (Photo: Carlie Ann Bertrand)
Warmer weather and ferries running mean visitors have already begun to arrive. And visitors need bikes! These are lined up outside Jimmy Fisher’s Mackinac Wheels. (Photo: Bruce LaPine)
Beautiful reflections in icy waters. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)
I’m wondering if this was taken the same morning as the pic above. The conditions sure look the same. The water, not many days ago solid ice, is still smooth as ice – but there would be a splash (and lots of squealing) if you jumped in now! (Photo: Greg Main)
One more icy water shot. Heather May took this one the other morning on a sunrise bike ride.
A fun shot from Josh Carley! If you’re in market for a nice, used toilet, the Chippewa Hotel has several. The sign in the window tells it all.
A little piece of Mackinac – in Chicago! Jill was recently there and ran across Jack Barnwell, who does much of the awesome landscaping on the island (Barnwell Landscape and Garden Services). Jack was at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier, promoting Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel Garden Show (Aug. 30-Sept. 1). Here Jack (in his trademark hat) and Taylor Marsack fill a wagon with bushes and flowers.
Jack and his team created an exhibit that had everyone talking. It was a miniature Mackinac Island in a 70-foot by 50-foot display that featured hydrangeas, lilacs, roses, geraniums, and petunias spilling out of hanging baskets and sprawled around bicycles, lampposts, an antique carriage, and a life-like horse sculpture. As a background, Jack displayed two 8 x 20 foot images depicting Grand Hotel and the West Bluff. “A lot of people said it was the show favorite and most original,” Jack stated. (Description provided by Tory Cooney, The Mackinac Island Town Crier)
Remember this photo of Mary, Jeri-Lynn and Nora Bailey when they were here at the beach during Spring Break?
Same three ladies – two weeks later and 1400 miles north. The Baileys arrived back on Mackinac this weekend!
Ted and I have been in shorts for at least four weeks . . .
. . . and on Saturday we ate outside at the Funky Pelican for breakfast! What a gorgeous morning that was . . .
. . . with the waves kicking up just enough . .
. . . . that the surfers were out early to try and catch a good wave. If you look closely, you can see them paddling out on the crest of the incoming waves.
I’m beginning to love our sleepy little beach town, where . . .
. . . shops open on beach time (whenever the owner shows up), and bikers, skateboarders, and pedestrians have the right-of-way.
Molly McGreevy: Molly was admitted to the hospital this weekend with an infection where her medi-port was inserted. She had several days of high fever and just general miserable-ness, and the doctors decided she needed more than could be done at home. Please keep her in your prayers through this latest “one-step-back”. She is ready to get started on her chemo, but this infection has to be cleared up first.
Me: The magic cocktail has helped my allergies a lot, but I’m still coughing. If this runs true to course, the cough will hang around a while longer. I’m definitely on the mend though, and thanks for lifting those “hurry and get well” prayers.
Hoping all of you are doing well. I haven’t asked in a while, so if anyone out there has specific prayer needs you’d like to share with our little group here, just let us know in the comment section. All of you hold me up on so many occasions, and I know you would do the same for anyone of us who needs prayer support. Love you all so much for being such good encouragers!