Winter Musings

So far for 2021, I am enjoying the winter scenery!

January brought a lot of interesting hikes with lots of interesting views. We actually started the year out with a few dry days and lost snow from warmer weather, although the second half of the month brought back the snow that was happily welcomed by most, if not all, islanders. Either way, I still made my way outside to take in the view. One of my favorite places to go that’s also close to town is Anne’s Tablet. A beautiful spot for viewing downtown from a different vantage point, I find the journey to get there more interesting than the destination itself, as there are two trails to get there.

Another fun spot to visit is Fort Holmes, although this time I like it more for the destination rather than the journey… I had decided to go up the stairs on this particular day, and the stairs, covered in a thin layer of dense snow which was therefore slick, made the walk back down a little tricky. But the view was definitely worth it! Thankfully I had my ice cleats on so it wasn’t too dangerous of a journey.

The best thing about the snowfall in January was how fluffy the snow had fallen! I’m not the best at taking snowfall pictures so it was nice to have so many tries at it. Below you can see a few more photos from around town:

Until next time,


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A Month of Thanks

There’s been a lot of not much going on, and I like it!

November has been expectedly quiet, and I’ve been sticking to work and home for the most part. I have always welcomed this part of the transition from on-season to off-season, when traffic to the island slows down to mainly residents and workers, and you get the island back to yourself. Tourists are still coming, but they’re mostly just here on Saturdays or Sundays, walking around town, hanging at the Mustang since that’s the only restaurant open right now, and back to the boat they go. I’ve been off the island only a couple times to drive my car around, but I can’t help doing the tourist thing and take pictures as I take the boat back.

                        A view from my seat on the bottom deck
A snowmobile is making its way to the island, waiting for the snow to stick around
The Starline crew putting up their annual Christmas tree

I’ve also been thankful more than ever for nature, and have been getting outside more often to take in fresh air. I know, it’s getting colder out, and the snow should be coming soon, too. But I love snow so that’s all good! And As long as I’m moving I can handle the cold! So far I’ve really only walked on main trails and to landmarks like Sugar Loaf, but one of my goals this winter is to hike as many snow-covered trails as I can.

On the trail leading to Anne’s Tablet
The stairs by West Bluff
Somewhere along Pontiac Trail
The Grand Hotel as seen from West Bluff

I’m thankful for my family, I’m thankful for my close friends who check in with me and make me laugh, and I’m also very thankful to live in such a loving and supportive community, surrounded by people who help each other and are kind to each other, who care for and cherish their elders, and who look out for one another. It’s not just an island, it’s a community, and for that I’m blessed to live here.

To end this post, I’d like to invite you all to a new venture that I’m trying out – as I mentioned earlier in my post, I’ve been walking more trails and would like to keep doing so this winter. My main reason for this honestly is to be more active and to use it as a form of exercise, but I thought I would make some videos out of it every once in awhile. You can join me on my hikes on Youtube, where I’ll be posting videos every month of a new trail or sight I decide to visit this winter. You can view and subscribe to my Youtube channel by clicking right here!

Stay safe and until next time,


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Season’s End

We’ve reached a pivotal moment in the year 2020… the end of another season on Mackinac Island. As much as I love making candy and love the summer, I’m happy for the season’s end. It was one heck of a season!

There were definite positives to the season, especially those things that I wouldn’t think would work out but did… I really lucked on out having such a wonderful crew of workers this year. They really had my back (and at one point I mean that literally, as I did throw out my back mid-season!), and we all got along so well and had the best time. I was really fortunate to have such great people to work with this year.

Another positive was the chance I had to get back out and into exploring Mackinac Island itself. It’s easy to get swallowed up with work and I think that’s totally ok to do that when you want to get the work done… and especially when it’s work you like! But I also miss out on a lot of Mackinac in the summer because of that, so I spent more time hiking and biking my favorite trails, learning about how to search for mushrooms, looking for more photo opportunities, and just staying offline and focusing on nature. What a great way to recharge after a long day of work, too! And especially in the fall, that smell of fallen leaves is the absolute best.

Now for the future… at least for the near future, anyway. I’m definitely looking forward to having another winter of the island “to ourselves,” now that the season is over, I’m excited to get back into the settings of my camera and refamiliarize myself with what I love most – capturing the untouched snow on island in the winter. There’s just something about that peaceful quietness that accompanies the snow that you just can’t beat! But until then, we’ve got to get ourselves through these crazy few moments of October and November weather. We’ve already had multiple days of rain, snow, sun, high winds, high waves, and even a water spout, that I can only imagine whatever else comes next, we’ll be able to handle it!

Here are a few final pictures for you from the last couple weeks:

Arch Rock from a distance… our boat to the back way around the island to get to St. Ignace due to high winds

A cleaned out secret garden with Halloween decor…

Stay safe and warm out there, everyone! Until next time…

~ Heather

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