Our first week on Mackinac has been a mixed bag of weather. We’ve had sunshine and warm temps. We’ve had rain and cool temps. We’ve had nice breezes and some fairly brisk winds. Whatever the weather though, the joy comes from being here, and you won’t hear any complaining from us – rain or shine!
What an awesome way to start each day – Good Morning, Mackinac! Since our condo is at the Mission Point intersection, it’s a great place to people/dog/carriage watch all day. On the weekends at night we can sit on the deck and listen to live entertainment at Bistro on the Greens! Pretty cool!
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Mission Point as brilliantly colorful as it is this year. Just love all the pinks, reds, and yellows spilling out of the tiered garden at the front and from every available terrace and pot.
I took a stroll up to the East Bluff earlier in the week and – like every other tourist who ever makes it up that hill – I had to take this iconic shot of the Straits, featuring the steeple of St. Anne’s Church. Would love to know exactly how many photographs and paintings have been created standing in this spot.
One of my all-time favorite Bluff cottages!
This is another one – seen through the trees. My old bike with its wicker basket looks perfectly natural sitting there, doesn’t it? Notice the rain gear in the basket? Always prepared!
On Friday afternoon Ted and I rode downtown for the presentation of the check from Max Jones to the Mackinac Island Fire Department. Max, with his father John, Dr. Stephen Humphrey, and Mark Chambers rode across the State of Iowa as a fundraiser (only Max collected donations) for the department. Generous givers donated $4,783 to the fund, with another $300 pledged. Way to go, Max! (Photo l-r: Paramedic Rick Linn, Asst. Chief Sam Barnwell, FF Ron Langworthy, TF Johny Morris, Max Jones, Asst. Chief Jason St. Onge, FF Tony Brodeur, and SFF Travis Vartanian.
Max with his fellow riders – his dad John, Dr. Steve Humphrey, and Mark Chambers. After the ceremony Max was presented with a special MIFD shirt, making him an honorary MIFD member.
Max and his wonderful family – mom Karrie, dad John, and twin sister, Ellie. The MIFD will use the funds to purchase more ice rescue equipment.
There were a lot of weddings this weekend, and I was in the right place at the right time to capture two brides and grooms as they rode away in the romantic wedding carriages – this one from St. Anne’s . . .
. . . and this one passed the condo after a wedding at Mission Point. Love that I got to photograph island wedding photographer Stephen Blair as he rode along beside the carriage. It takes a lot of stamina and skill to be a wedding photographer on Mackinac Island!
Speaking of passers-by, I glanced out the window this weekend to see a small crowd gathered around a carriage being pulled by a beautiful tuxedo-decked-out Friesian. The driver was island friend Ann Levy who – with Michigan’s Sugar Queen – had just delivered the Golden Tickets to the island fudge shops. This weekend was the Mackinac Island Fudge Festival, and if your box of fudge happened to contain a Golden Ticket, you won a free Mackinac Island vacation! Now that’s worth buying a few boxes of fudge!
There was a power outage downtown on Saturday for a few hours so Ted and I walked down to see what was going on. It wasn’t affecting the Marina – which was full.
Doud’s was dark inside, but it didn’t seem to stop shoppers at all.
And it was business as usual at the Pink Pony, except orders were taken and tallied the old fashion way – with pen and pencil. The ability to improvise on Mackinac never fails to impress me. While the lights were out the Chippewa hotel served 100 wedding reception guests a sit-down dinner without one single glitch. The reception dinner was held on the Pink Pony patio, and the wedding party never even realized the electricity was out until they came back into the hotel. Awesome job, Chippewa!
The lights came back on as we were sitting at the bar chatting with some folks from Seattle, Washington, and normalcy resumed.
Our view of the Mission Church steeple from a bedroom window. Those dark clouds . . .
. . . blossomed this afternoon into a nice little thunderstorm, complete with lots of rain. You know, when you get stuck in a rainstorm on Mackinac, you just keep on going and hope you have your rain gear packed in your purse!
It was wonderful to walk in the doors of Little Stone Church this morning! We got to see many friends we hadn’t yet seen elsewhere and heard a wonderful message from our pastor, Reverend Fred Zobel, a retired U.S. Navy Captain.
It’s almost 8 p.m. now, and the rain is gone. The streets have been washed clean, the grass is even greener, and the only leftovers of the storm I see from my window are whitecaps in the Straits and waves crashing against the breakwater. There was walkers and bikers on the lakeside trail at Mission Point, dogs are being walked, and folks are on the sidewalk heading into town.
Ahhhhh . . . life is good!
Don’t know if you’ve heard or not, but August 30-September 1 is the 3rd Annual Grand Garden Show, featuring the world’s #1 plant brand, Proven Winners. Presenters will include Jamie Durie, host of HGTV’s show Outdoor Room, PBS talk shop host, gardening and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith, and our very own award winning garden designer Jack Barnwell. Rooms at the Grand are sold out for the event, but tickets for the presentations and tours of some of Mackinac’s most beautiful private and public gardens are still available. I’ll be covering one day of the event, and I’ll be so excited to share it with you through words and photographs.
See you back here soon!