Happy Day After! 7/5/15

Happy Day After the 4th!

It’s hard not to make comparisons between places you’ve lived, and holidays lend themselves to comparisons in a big way.

Until yesterday, Ted and I have spent the last several years celebrating the 4th on Mackinac Island (except for last summer, when – if I remember correctly – I spent the 4th at Lake Blackshear providing TLC to Bear immediately following his ACL surgery).

The Mackinac 4th of July celebration is an all-day event.  There are family activities at Windermere Point – like climbing the greased pole and sack races.  The Stone-Skipping Contest is during the morning, with professional stone-skippers from all over the world arriving to try and set new records.  Late in the afternoon is the Grand Hotel Picnic at Fort Mackinac.  Friends reported that it was a picture-perfect day on Mackinac, with temps in the 70’s.  Ahhhhhhh . . . .

Red and white checked tablecloths are provided by the Grand, and everyone stakes out a piece of lawn where kids can play and everyone can eat from the huge buffet the Grand provides.  (Photo from yesterday's picnic by Mert Vartanian).

Red and white checked tablecloths are provided by the Grand, and everyone stakes out a piece of lawn where kids can play and everyone eats from the huge buffet the Grand provides. (Photo from yesterday’s picnic by Mert Vartanian).

And then there are the fireworks.  Sometimes we'd walk downtown to watch, but usually we just sat on our condo deck in the Village, where the view was awesome.  (Photo by Emily Galka of last night's Mackinac fireworks)

And then there are the fireworks. Sometimes we’d walk downtown to watch, but usually we just sat on our condo deck in the Village, where the view was awesome. (Photo by Emily Galka of last night’s Mackinac fireworks)

Ted and I love that Flagler Beach – in a few important ways – reminds us of Mackinac.  There is that small-town atmosphere, and the 4th of July celebration here reminded us a lot of the island’s old-fashioned and laid back observation of this important day in America’s history.  At the park in the middle of downtown there is always something going on, and 4th of July events included activities for the kids (face painting, games), live music, and vendors selling food and crafts.

But . . . with a well-reported reputation of really bad traffic congestion downtown at the pier (where the fireworks are set off), we decided we’d forego all that and watch from the beach.

Jennifer and Ernie Sund opened their home to neighbors last night for what we hope is an annual 4th of July cookout (with rotating venues, of course).  We got to meet neighbors who have just moved in, and Ernie grilled up burgers, hot dogs, brats, corn on the cob, and all the other trimmings.

Jennifer and Ernie Sund opened their home to neighbors last night for what we hope is an annual 4th of July cookout (with rotating venues, of course). We got to meet neighbors who have just moved in, and Ernie grilled up burgers, hot dogs, and brats (that’s bratwurst for my Southern readers), and guests provided all the other trimmings.  Yes – those are the Horton Georgia Bulldog chairs front and center!

We got a few sprinkles of rain off and on during the time between eating and going over to the beach, but it was so hot and humid the sprinkles helped keep us cool (between the rain showers, my trusty hankie, and my favorite funeral fan, I survived without a complete meltdown).  At around 8:30 we all traipsed across Highway A1A to the beach, set up our chairs, and settled in for the fireworks scheduled at 9:15.  While waiting, we were entertained by children playing in the surf and by folks all around us setting off their own fireworks.  We were all hoping that the sand at one of the nine protected turtle nests on our beach would start stirring and hundreds of baby turtles would be born on the 4th, but no such luck!  It’s about time for 2 or 3 of those nests to erupt with babies, and we talked about setting up a rotation of turtle nest watchers for the next few days and nights.  Not seriously, of course – but it was discussed!

All in all – a great first 4th of July at our new home!

OTHER STUFF

Our warranty team came in on Saturday and did some preliminary work and will be back bright and early Monday morning to start putting us back together after our indoor rainstorm.  We have Georgia company planning to arrive on Thursday, and we’ve been semi-promised we’ll be back to normal by then and we won’t have to cancel on our guests.  That will take some seriously hard work – walls to be painted, carpet to be laid, cracks and seams to be repaired, etc.  I’m pulling for them to get it done!

A FEW MACKINAC PHOTOS

The 4th on Mackinac! A flag on a ferry's stern waves proudly as they pass under the Mackinac Bridge.

The 4th on Mackinac! A flag on a ferry’s stern waves proudly as it passes under the Mackinac Bridge.  (Photo:  Bobby Lee)

An awesome patriotic shot of Lady Liberty's torch against a full moon over the Mackinac Marina. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

An awesome patriotic shot of Lady Liberty’s torch against a full moon over the Mackinac Marina. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

Wow!  The restoration of Fort Holmes is changing the scene as you come into the harbor.  Bruce LaPine captured this from a boat coming into the harbor.

Wow! The restoration of Fort Holmes is changing the scene as you come into the harbor. Bruce LaPine captured this from a boat approaching  the harbor.

Sunrise by Clark Bloswick.

Sunrise by Clark Bloswick.

A great Georgia friend whose family owns a cottage on Mackinac always celebrates the 4th on Mackinac.  Sure missed seeing you this year, Jane!  (She's the beautiful lady

A great Georgia friend whose family owns a cottage on Mackinac always celebrates the 4th on the island. Sure missed seeing you this year, Jane! (She’s the beautiful lady on the left with the gorgeous white hair.)

One of Clark Bloswick's favorite subjects - and mine!

One of Clark Bloswick’s favorite subjects – and mine -the Mackinac Lighthouse.

We’ll have company coming in on Thursday (if the house is put back together), so I’m going to take Thursday off from blogging.  I’ll see y’all back here on Sunday, July 12 – good Lord willing!

Have a great week, and God bless.

5 thoughts on “Happy Day After! 7/5/15

  1. Happy Fourth of July (slightly delayed) to you, too!
    We discovered this year that there is a good spot to view our local fireworks just a block from our house! No more walking on uneven ground in the dark and all the traffic. Our city’s usual place to view the fireworks is OUR 1812 Fort Meigs. 🙂
    I can’t believe how much the changes to Fort Holmes is changing the look of the island! Can’t wait to see it. Thank you, as always, for all your Mackinac news. Much appreciated!

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  2. Hope ya’ll had a great 4th of July. We just got home from an awesome 4th of July wedding. It was SO much fun. I also realized that 2 late nights of partying at my age is not a good thing anymore . 😉
    By the way Brenda..thanks for your safe travel prayers because we ended up really needing them. (We are fine but had a close call).
    P.S. Can’t wait to see Fort Holmes!!

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  3. I can relate to your reluctance to be in the heat. These days, I sweat even in air conditioning. When you mentioned the turtle eggs, I thought about the books by Mary Alice Monroe that I just finished reading. Beach House, Swimming Lessons and Return to the Beach House is a trilogy set on the Isle of Palms where the author actually lives. Although her writing is fiction, the process of the loggerhead turtles laying eggs and nesting is deeply imbedded into the meaning of the story. I enjoyed them and thought you might too.

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