It was nice having an ice bridge for a couple of days, but it’s back to waiting at the airport!
In order to leave Mackinac Island when there are no boats running and with no ice bridge, residents must take the plane. Great Lakes Air offers a very reasonable priced round trip ride, only lasts for 5 minutes, and let’s face it, it’s kind of fun flying around in an itty-bitty plane. You also have to be very careful about when you decide to leave… several weeks ago I was going to spend a weekend at my parents’ in Petoskey, and woke up early to catch the 8am plane one Friday morning. Much to my dismay, the weather was horrible that day and after 8 hours of hoping and waiting at the airport, I never made it off the island. I tried again the next morning, bright and early once again, and 2 hours later I did end up making it off the island. Needless to say, I caught up on my reading that weekend!
I have an account at this great site called Dermandar, and basically what it is, is a fancy panoramic photo app on my phone that also allows people to view your photos online. The one feature that I like is that these panoramic photos are interactive… once you click on the photo itself, you can click and drag from left to right to view the photo, and you can even expand the photo to fit your entire screen, making it look as though you’re right there! I’ve had a lot of fun with it for the past year, and here’s one that I made last week on the plane ride off Mackinac Island:
And some pictures of the flight back to Mackinac Island: