A Week of Firsts

Before I get into it, I have just a couple more photos of the ice and snow from a few weeks back… I swear, these are my very last ice pictures of the year!

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Some ice buildup on the beach outside of the school.
Some ice buildup on the beach outside of the school.
The fort, as seen from the Marina
The fort, as seen from the Marina
A few loose ice chunks still in the water
A few loose ice chunks still in the water
You can see how thick this piece of ice is!
You can see how thick this piece of ice is!

Now this last week gave me a lot of first moments for the year, and I started the week with my first time riding around the island. It was great! I think my favorite part about the ride is always the Arch Rock side around miles 1& 2, because the scenery is so peaceful.

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My sister, Carolyn, also opened her coffee shop this weekend, Lucky Bean coffee shop. I had my first coffee drink of the season at the LB, and it was delicious! I can’t wait to spend more time at my sister’s shop this summer, as she has done some new things in the shop already, and will being having more new things coming up as well…

This past Saturday was my first time celebrating World Labyrinth Day, where people all over the world find a labyrinth near to them and do a walking meditation. I’ve been studying a lot of meditation this winter and found that the labyrinth walk was a great way to reflect on the winter that I had and to focus myself on the upcoming summer. I parked over by the school and walked to the Grand Hotel labyrinth for my walk that day. I think they actually have two labyrinths, but for some reason I’ve never been to the other one… guess I’m going to have to make my way to the other one sometime this summer!

 

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My last first of the week was my first time riding the ferry this new season. I hopped onto Shepler’s Ferry and spent a day in Petoskey, MI to do some shopping. Here are a few photos from my fast & also foggy trip:

Lighthouses in the foggy distance
Lighthouses in the foggy distance
A look back at the island with the fog descending down on it
A look back at the island with the fog descending down on it
Round Island Lighthouse Passage
Round Island Lighthouse Passage

Have a great week, everyone!

The last of the Ice Bridge

The ice bridge is finally gone, but I still have a few pictures to share with all of you of its last days with us…

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It’s harder to see in this picture, but the trees really are still there!

Hearing stories from other islanders who have spent years to decades on this island in the cold, long winters, I’ve heard stories about a long standing ice bridge that many have used as their main transportation out of here. This year seemed to remind a lot of people of that time, as I was told that it’s been several years since we’ve had such a good ice bridge. I’ve only been here for 4 winters to experience the ice bridge, and the last two years produced bridges with a very short life span. But this year I had the opportunity to experience a long-term bridge, and take my first snowmobile ride across it as well.

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I flew off the island the last two weekends, and had some great views of the remainder of the ice bridge down below. Now you should always cross it with caution, but when you see it in this state, you can really appreciate the reason why.

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You can clearly see the open water and broken ice that surrounds the bare skeleton of an ice bridge that remains somewhat intact, with the trees hanging on to the trail. You can even make out the snowmobile tracks, and one can just imagine back just a month ago when people were zooming across it! It is truly a wonder of Northern Michigan.

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Now that the ice bridge is gone and all the snow on the roads (and most of the yards, too) has melted, it’s back to riding bikes again. And what do I find when I start riding my bike around? A flat tire, of course! I quickly got that fixed, along with replacing several parts to get my gears working again, and replacing a few missing screws on my back fender which holds up my rear basket. I’m glad to have it back in working order, and I’m also grateful that my bike isn’t hidden in this bike rack, still waiting for its mountain of snow to melt!

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Until next time!

-Heather