Mackinac Island – the First 24 Hours 8/18/15

There are times when I wish I could pack up every single person who loves Mackinac Island as I do and arrange for them to be sitting where I am at a certain moment.  Tonight is one of those times.

This is my view as I sit down to write tonight. It's 8:20, the day-trippers have left the island, and the streets are quiet except for the occasional clip-clop of taxi horses bearing folks from Mission Point downtown, to the Grand, or out to the Woods.

This is my view as I sit down to write tonight. It’s 8:20, the day-trippers have left the island, and the streets are quiet except for the occasional clip-clop of taxi horses bearing folks from Mission Point downtown, to the Grand, or perhaps out to the Woods.

It's cloudy tonight, with the threat of rain. What few people I see from my window are wearing jackets against a definite little chill in the air.

It’s cloudy tonight, with the threat of rain. What few people I see from my window are wearing jackets against a definite little chill in the air.  I can hear the bell buoys clanking, warning boaters the waves are kicking up a bit.  Like the fog horns, I love the desolate clank of those buoys.

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Ted and I and our two travel-weary pooches arrived at the condo we’ll be calling Home Sweet Home for the next six weeks around 4:00 Monday afternoon.  We immediately fell in love with our new space and its location.  We are in the Mission District – almost to Mission Point, and away from the craziness that is downtown right now.  As one-time summer residents we know after Labor Day that craziness will turn more toward the approach of fall . . . the island’s slower season, but also one of its most dramatic.  If you ever visit Mackinac after she puts on her September and October colors, you will want to return and experience it again and again.  Trust me on that. 

We’ve spent our first 24 hours stocking the pantry and figuring out where everything is in the condo.  Today we rode up to our old condo at Surrey Ridge and reconnected with Steve and Cindy, who bought our place.  I confess it’s the first time I’ve been able to be within 100 feet of it without crying, but today we went inside and visited with them and their two dogs for over an hour.  When they heard a few weeks ago we’d be here for six weeks, they immediately offered us the bikes we’d had all those summers to use while on the island (we sold them with the condo).  That was a tremendous gift, and Ted and I rode away on bikes that still feel as if the seats were molded just for us.

I’d planned to ride up to the Woods for some last minute photos for the Woods story, but – as normal on Mackinac – we spent too long talking with friends on the street.  Maybe tomorrow!

Before dinner tonight we took Bear and Maddie out for a good walk along the bike path at Mission Point . . .

Before dinner tonight we took Bear and Maddie out for a good walk along the bike path at Mission Point.

True doggie happiness - a hundred new and interesting smells to explore and process!

True doggie happiness – a hundred new and interesting smells to explore and process!

I know readers used to get tired of me saying this, but - honestly - the flowers this year are the most beautiful EVER!

I know readers used to get tired of me saying this, but – honestly – the flowers this year are the most beautiful EVER!

Caught in action. Otter? Mink? He ran into the tennis court and was trapped for a moment, then scurried through a hole in the fence and into the wetlands nearby.

Caught in action. Otter? Mink? He ran into the tennis court and was trapped for a moment, then scurried through a hole in the fence and into the wetlands nearby.

Two ladies doing what you just naturally do on the island - sit, chat, relax . . . breathe.

Two ladies doing what you just naturally do on the island – sit, chat, relax . . . breathe.

If there is a more beautiful putt-putt course on this planet, please tell me where!

If there is a more beautiful putt-putt course on this planet, please tell me where!

What it's all about - pure Mackinac.

What it’s all about – pure Mackinac.

I rode into town late this afternoon to pick up a book the Island Bookstore was holding for me.  As I pedaled home past Doud’s, I heard someone call, “Bree! Bree!” I turned to see a beautiful lady with a huge smile, hailing me from across the street. I did one of my famous u-turns against traffic, and that’s how I got to meet Beverly Polk, a blog reader from Venice, Florida, who worked as a young woman at the Grand Hotel.  She has been on the island three days and had rented an electric scooter and rode around the island, up to the cemetery, and through Hubbards Annex.  Today she spent most of the day at the Grand and also viewed art exhibits at the library and art museum.  This lady knows how to reconnect to Mackinac!!  So glad you hailed me down, Beverly – it was a pleasure talking with you!

So – that’s our first 24 hours on Mackinac.  We are blessed to be here for this extended time, and I hope you’ll enjoy coming along with us as we see what’s new, visit the familiar, and have a few adventures along the way.  Stay tuned!

God bless.

38 thoughts on “Mackinac Island – the First 24 Hours 8/18/15

  1. I’d be one of your first volunteers to get packed up 😉 Glad you made it safely to the island. Can’t wait to read about your adventures and see your beautiful pictures. What a wonderful northern summer you’ve gotten to experience this year.

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  2. So glad to hear you are back. Looking forward to your Mackinac stories! Counting the weeks until we head up there in September!

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  3. We should plan a Bree’s blog followers weekend (day)! We already have our keynote speaker :-). Seriously, it would be wonderful for those who could attend to meet. Just think of the possibilities…

    Gail

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  4. I’ll be right there with you (in my imagination). I won’t be able to ride bikes with you & Ted, but if you promise to walk slow, I’ll be walking with you.

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  5. Ditto on everything above….
    The suitcases just went downstairs.
    But that’s a technicality … Haha.
    The van has a full tank of gas…
    I say let’s roll!!

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  6. I know they’re all different, and they all have their charms, but I think you’ll truly enjoy the Mission end of the island. We always have. I’m so happy for you two (really four!) being back!

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  7. I still have dreams of visiting this paradise called Mackinac Island. Hopefully, I can in the near future. Until then–I will continue soaking it all in through your adventures. I am just afraid I might want to settle on this magical island.

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  8. I am so blessed to have been walking from the Butterfly House just at the time you turned into the street from Doud’s – otherwise we would surely have missed each other! It was wonderful to meet you through whom I am able to experience Mackinac all year – from your writings, photos and those of others. Thank you – and I am serious about showing you my
    sweet community of Venice anytime! Must leave Mackinac today – thankful to have been here again. I look forward to your
    blog re The Woods and more
    during your stay.! Beverly

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  9. Be sure to save room for me when you pack your friends who LOVE Mackinac and the beauty and relaxation it offers! Love reliving that enchanting island through your pictures and writings💗

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  10. Sounds like a great first 24 hrs. Would love to see what the outside of your place looks like and more inside pictures too please.

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    • Hi Karen. I’ll be glad to share the outside soon, but since it’s a private residence, I’m not comfortable showing inside. I know you understand. 😊

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  11. I can almost smell the wonderful smells (most of them) of the island and love the pictures. It’s the second best thing to being there. xxoo

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  12. We stayed at the Inn at Stonecliffe about a month ago because of your blog. It was our first time staying on the island, and it was magical. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy your time on the island, Bree.

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  13. Enjoy the best place to relax in the world. We were on the island for 5 days last week, and it was as beautiful as ever! Only had about 40 mins of rain the whole time we were there. None of us were ready to come home, but I guess I can still “be there” a few minutes here and there every time I read your blog. Have a great time!

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  14. I want to be one of those ladies sitting in the chair by the water at Mission Point. It is so relaxing there and I have stopped there before, gotten my book out, and just enjoyed the moment!

    You, Ted, and the pups are going to be so happy on the island! The condo looks beautiful! That is part of the town I think I would like living in. It is downtown and “no Grand hill” to deal with but it is far enough away from the chaos to enjoy the tranquility of the island.

    Hugs from Iowa!

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  15. We’re back in IN after 3 nights and days on Mackinac. I was looking for you everywhere we road. Never thought to take a walk down the trail along the lake from, Mission Poing (west end) to our home away from home Small Point. Rode the bikes but didn’t walk. We had a great time roaming the island, as usual, and making new friends at the b&b. Now I’ll be waiting to read you happenings and look at your pictures.

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  16. Not a bad 24 hrs. It’s delightful to see you in pictures, with Ted and the pups. Seems so natural, like things are the way they used to be. Keep talking….:)

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