Did your town get a snowstorm last night? Mine did! Here’s what happened on Mackinac Island…
There had been a lot of talk about the boats making this weekend their last time running to the island, since the ice in the lake is starting to accumulate. So, my roommate, Chelsea, and I, decided to make one last run out to ‘civilization’ before that happens. We hopped on to the first boat Saturday morning and headed out to Gaylord. As the boat left Mackinac Island, I couldn’t help but pop out for a second to take pictures, as did many others traveling back to St. Ignace…
Over in Gaylord, Chelsea showed me the best way to shop like an islander. I mean, I’ve been living here my whole life, but this is my first time living in Harrisonville. I’m so used to living downtown, that I don’t think about what has to change now that I’m “up the hill.” First thing? Make sure you have lots of plastic totes to fill with your stuff, and on the way back, the Dray Service can deliver it up the hill to your home. Surprisingly, that’s something I’ve never done before! So I bought a bright blue 18 gallon plastic tote (apparently just the right size to fit inside a large bike basket too), and proceeded to buy groceries and other things that would eventually fill it up. We then made our way to Hobby Lobby, Bath and Body Works, and had just enough time to grab a donut at Tim Horton’s before getting back on I-75 to get back to St. Ignace… just in time, too, because the snow was starting to get slushy and heavy out on the roads.
That night, we stayed in and organized all our new goodies in the apartment, trying not to eat all the new food that we had just purchased because, well, we had it… and I decided to take a nap. Unfortunately for me (or maybe fortunately?), I had slept through about an hour’s worth of rain that pummeled the island! Now that I knew there’d be ice for me to walk in tomorrow, I wondered how the snow would look on top of it.
The next morning, I woke up at around 2:45-3:00am, in complete darkness. I’m usually used to seeing just a hint of light from the lamppost outside my apartment, but that light was no longer there. My computer was off. The power was out. I didn’t think too much of it, and, being the middle of the night, figured it would be solved by the time I woke up.
Skip ahead to 7:00am, and I’ve woken up again… in complete darkness. I quickly checked to see if my phone had power and, upon finding that it did, checked facebook for some kind of update from a freaked out islander (and if not, I’d be posting my own freaked-out message!). Instead I saw an update from Jason St. Onge to the Mackinac Island News and Views page, letting everyone know that a substation in St. Ignace had had some issues and therefore all of Mackinac Island was out of power. I was sitting up in bed, freezing and hungry, realizing that I couldn’t make toast or drink a hot cup of coffee just yet. So, I just stayed in bed. I had an hour before I needed to leave anyway, so I figured I’d jump out of my room at the last minute and charge away outside. But the good news was that the power went back on at 7:30am, and all was well once again.
Since I’m getting some things fixed on my snowmobile this week, I’ve been walking around a bit more. There’s a little trail that takes you past Turtle Park and towards the cemeteries, which I decided to walk today.
I made it downtown in one piece, although at one point I did slip so hard that both my ice grippers flew off the bottoms of my boots! Thankfully, I was able to catch myself and didn’t hit the ground. I’m sure that the roads everywhere are just as bad as ours, so be safe driving, everyone!