Island Snowfall 2012

What an awesome snowstorm… and hoping that there’s plenty more coming our way!

This weekend, Mackinac Island and many other parts of Michigan (and I suppose other parts of the midwest) got quite a bit of snowfall. Me, being cooped up in my new apartment without internet, reading books and watching The Walking Dead on DVD, I realized that I hadn’t been paying attention to the weather reports lately. So it came as a surprise on Sunday evening after wandering around town all day, biking on the bare roads, to look out my window after a couple of hours and see my bike buried in the winter whites. I fell asleep, hoping that it would still be there in the morning….

… and it was. I hopped on my snowmobile and made my way to work. I also decided to stop by the post office on my way back home, prompting me to take Fort Hill instead of Grand Hill… driving up Fort Hill was something I hadn’t done before. Boy, was that a climb! Just when you think a hill was steep, try snowmobiling up it and not feeling like you’re going to start rolling down the hill, snowmobile and all.

Once home, I passed the time with work and DVDs and cooking, and then I got a little stir crazy. Yes, snowmobiling is nice, but what about the times when I just want to (gasp) walk? I threw my outdoor gear back on and walked back out to the road. This was the first time that I had a chance to take pictures of everyone’s Christmas lights with the snow around, so I made a plan ~ walk downtown, and take pictures from the bottom of the hill and all the way back up.

Walking down Grand Hill
Walking down Grand Hill

I get to the bottom, take out my iPhone and… my battery dies. Great. Fortunately, I did have an iPad on me (yes, I’m an apple fan), so instead of taking photos, I just turned on Spotify and walked home listening to Christmas tunes. I continued to walk back up Grand Hill until I got up about 3/4 of the way, and was stopped by a friendly snowmobilier who offered me a ride.

“Where are you going?”

“7th St.”

“Oh… well, I’m going to 4th St., but that’s no problem! Easy peasy!”

I figured since I had gotten the majority of my walk in for the day, then why not? I mean, how can you turn down easy-peasy!? So I hopped on. And let me tell you something… nothing seemed more seasoned and cool than riding home on the back of a snowmobile while listening to Diana Krall singing “The Christmas Song.”

Before my phone died, however, I did manage to take a couple of photos of Chambers Riding Stables, and their awesome lights display that they put up every year:

Santa, Frosty, and a holiday horse!
Santa, Frosty, and a holiday horse!
A closer look at the holiday horse
A closer look at the holiday horse
A view from inside at all of the lighted display
A view from inside at all of the lighted display
The vet also gets in on all the lights action
The vet also gets in on all the lights action

6 thoughts on “Island Snowfall 2012

    1. heathermay

      Thank you, Elizabeth! Unfortunately, the snow only lasted us until this past Thursday, when the sun came out and melted all the snow in one afternoon! Snowmobiles were left nearly stranded, although most people braved the barely slush covered streets to drive home (me included, it was one crazy ride!) Hopefully it will come back in time for Christmas…

    1. heathermay

      Thanks for the comment, Emily! There’s plenty to keep myself entertained on the weekends, actually… if you’re looking for a nightlife, The Mustang has a great local atmosphere, or Cawthorne’s Village Inn is a great place for a cozy dinner with friends – they also have a trivia night every Friday πŸ™‚ For the most part, though, I’m either walking/biking trails, or playing music (I find the weekends are my only real time to practice music for myself!).

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