Mackinac Island 2012

It’s been a long while since my last post! I hope everyone had a great holiday season. But now it’s back to the grind!

I was hoping that there’d be snow on the island when I got back from my winter vacation, and fortunately by the time I got back on Jan. 2nd, it had snowed just in time! Plenty of snowmobiles and cross-country skiiers are filling the streets. That day was also my first time riding on Shepler’s freight boat, the Sacre Bleu. Since we all got to sit in their shuttle bus which was parked on the boat, it turned out to be a very comfortable ride:

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The only thing about the snow that I wasn’t looking forward to is the fact that it would be harder for me to go on my usual runs to Devil’s Kitchen & Arch Rock.However, I quickly found out that a pair of YakTrax still makes it possible to run on the thin layer of snow and ice that currently exists over the road. But before I started running again, I decided to take a hike around other areas of the island. As I left my home to start my trek, I was able to catch a picture of the Taxi riding by:

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It also helps to have friends in high places! I was able to take a quick walk up to Fort Mackinac and take some pictures of the snow-covered downtown area, catching the last boats leaving for the day, and some snowmobilers on their way home:

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And from there, we hiked our way up to Sugar Loaf. I was excited to see that the snow out by Sugar Loaf was untouched, and immediately climbed my way up for a picture!

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Unfortunately with the weather heating up, a lot of the snow has melted (although not enough to stop the snowmobiles). I ran out to Devil’s Kitchen yesterday with virutally no run-ins with ice. But with a new snowmobile on the way and a cross-country ski rental just down the street, I’m looking forward to finding out more about what the island can offer this winter.

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