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 . . . .
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.
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!
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
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.