Lilacs, Hikes & Postcards

For those of you who missed the Lilac Festival…There were some beautifully floral moments throughout the lilac festival week, and this year I wanted to incorporate something new into the schedule – I led photo enthusiasts on a photo hike to some of the not-so-well-known areas of Mackinac Island, stopping every so often to take scenic photos and enjoy the views. I hope to make this an annual event, and will most likely do another hike in July and August! We started by walking through Market Street, then made our way up to Anne’s Tablet:Of course, I have to end the lilac portion of this post with my favorite of all the lilac species, the Sensation lilacs! Their white-lined petals give a unique style to an otherwise simple lilac design:

Now that July is upon us, we’ve finally gotten a few hot hot HOT days on Mackinac! Not that I don’t like warm weather, but it’s the humid + hot days that make me reminisce about the winter months… anyway, instead of hanging out inside air conditioned buildings, I opted to go for a hike to feel the cooler breeze near the water, as well as take some interesting photos along the way:

Near Nicolet Tower:

On the trails:Some interesting roots… I had to climb down the cliff side to get this angle, but it wasn’t as dangerous as it sounds! Still, be careful if you decide to hike a cliff side trail…

Something I haven’t done in awhile on this blog is feature postcards, and I thought I would try to revive that old tradition of mine! If you send me a postcard and write about what you like about Mackinac Island, I will post it on my blog as a feature!! You can send your postcard to:

Heather May

PO Box 870

Mackinac Island, MI

49757

Until next time,

Heather

Night Snow

Hey all,

Some photos at night from around Mackinac Island.

It was more difficult to take photos at night than I thought, so it took me a few rides and a few tries to get just a few good photos. But I did it! First, some photos from downtown:

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The town Christmas tree
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The Chippewa Hotel has some neat blue lights hanging above the sidewalk, so it looks as though you’re walking on some kind of magical path!
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One of the windows decorated at May’s Candy Shop. My theme this year was a Candy Cane Christmas!

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As you can see, the dark did not take well to the tiny little flash on my ipod...
As you can see, the dark did not take well to the tiny little flash on my ipod…
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But I found that I took slightly better photos near a lamppost

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I guess you could say this was during twilight rather than evening... but still a great view of downtown from East Bluff.
I guess you could say this was during twilight rather than evening… but still a great view of downtown from East Bluff.

School offically takes its winter break tomorrow afternoon, which means I’ll have plenty more time to write a few chapters for my online story! Stay tuned for Chapter 4…. and happy holidays, everyone!

~ Heather

November post-season

For the last few weeks, life has been slowing down here on Mackinac Island. We are in the process of winterizing the fudge shops, and the biggest thing left to do at this point is to shut off the water in both stores. For a lot of residents as well, that first time riding your bike through an empty Main St. is music to the ears! After working hard for the season, it’s nice to enjoy that first calm day in the fall. For me, that moment came one night when buying some groceries at Doud’s and riding home through a very quiet downtown.

This week is also a week of transitions, because I’m in the process of moving into my winter housing. Between that, helping my parents make their transition from summer home (here) to winter home (Petoskey), and winterizing the fudge shops (oh… and did I mention raking the leaves? Haven’t done that yet, either…), it’ll be a busy week for me.

I do have a few photos from over the past few weeks here on the island…

Here I took one last walk up to the Grand Hotel during their last week open. I went up to the Cupola bar with a friend to enjoy the view, and fittingly enough, the pianist at one point started playing “The Candyman Can.” I didn’t request it, I swear!

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One of the first days that we were closed for the year, sometime around Oct. 26

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I spent the last week open at May’s Candy shop shining up the kettles. It’s honestly one of my favorite jobs to do!

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One last mopping…

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I think this was during the last week we were open, around Oct. 25. Tourists still enjoying the island, even in the cold weather!

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A sunny, November day with falling leaves.

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About to see a transition into something new for this store for next year…

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Taken this past Saturday, November 8. A view of East Bluff and the marina from the Arnold Line dock.

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Apparently there is a big snow storm coming through Michigan today, so you might see more pictures tomorrow…

And to end this post, I just want to say thanks to those of you who have been following my online story! It was just something fun and creative to do, and I’ll be adding new chapters all winter. Chapter 3 is coming up next, so stay tuned!

~ Heather