The last day of our June visit to Mackinac was on Wednesday, and after spending the morning writing a Stonecliffe post, I hopped on a waiting taxi to meet Jill and Sue for lunch. Already on board the taxi were a couple from Kentucky and a lady with her daughter. The daughter (I wrote down all the names and have somehow lost them – imagine that) was from Canada, and her mom was visiting her – in the states for the first time. And that’s how . . .
. . . three moms (one from Kentucky, one from Saudi Arabia and me) spent a taxi ride sharing stories and cell phone photos of children and grandchildren. The lady from Saudi Arabia didn’t speak a word of English, but her daughter translated for us. She was so sweet and funny and must have shown us a hundred photos of her family. Only on Mackinac!
We ate lunch at Millie’s on Main and then took a long walk together – it felt just like old times! So glad a stranger asked if he could take our photo so we could all be in this shot in front of the lilacs!
I know the middle of June is well past “spring” in most places in the country, but with the high temps being only in the low 60’s, most of the island flower gardens haven’t been in the ground long. But, Mackinac always manages to look beautiful for the Lilac Festival, and this year was no different.
The steeple of St. Anne’s always makes a wonderful backdrop for the Main Street lilacs.
Hard to believe a couple of weeks ago, there were no flowers in these beds at all. It’s just another bit of Mackinac magic!
One of the new places to visit on the island – the Peace Garden behind the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum in Marquette Park.
The garden represents the longstanding peaceful relationship between the United States and Canada since the end of the War of 1812. Jack Barnwell and his crew did a beautiful job with the landscaping – what a great place for a little quiet time!
Jill had to leave us to go to work, and I needed to get back to Stonecliffe to start packing. Sue walked with me as far as the Grand Hotel, and we decided to go out on the porch so we could photograph the tulips from above.
The entrance to the Grand!
An awesome view past the geraniums down Cadotte Avenue.
What an amazing landscaping achievement – a pinwheel garden of tulips!
Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor was doing a brisk business – even in the chilly temps.
Have any of my readers ever played chess with these life-size chess pieces?
Another view of the tulips from above. . .
. . . and one from eye-level.
I walked past the Grand to Four Corners and hooked a left onto Annex Road – which took me straight back to Stonecliffe.
What a fun, fun trip! We can’t wait to get back in August for six weeks on the island!
I’ll be back on Sunday to catch you up on everything that’s been happening at the beach for the last couple of weeks. Hope to see you then!
Personal Note: Please lift prayers for continued healing for our former neighbor and great friend Chief “Duck” Andress. Duck cut off two of his fingers last week while working on his world-famous walking sticks in his shop. He is doing great, but a few extra prayers never hurt!