November Holidays

Well, that didn’t last long!

Last week we had a brief glimpse of hope for some snow here on Mackinac Island, but it has all since melted… instead, the pretty soft snow has been replaced with wet gross rain. I wouldn’t mind it so much if it were warmer… actually, it is warmer than it was last week, so I guess that’s a plus.

This week I’ve had Thanksgiving Break from work, as I’m sure many teachers are enjoying everywhere! It has been mostly uneventful. My brother wasn’t free this week, so we actually celebrated a week earlier. It was great (especially with the snow), and I made a somewhat successful cornbread stuffing from scratch this time around. I’m realizing now how fun it is to make food from scratch instead of the box. It’s definitely my goal to do more of that this winter. I decided to start a new blog just to share recipes that I’ve tried, and hopefully this will also include lots of recipes that I’ll create in the future, too!

Anyway, with all this extra time on my hands I did wander around the island a little bit.

Some pictures of the recent switch from Arnold line to Starline. They are partway through the painting process:





Many people left the island for their Thanksgiving break. I opted for a Staycation…


The Christmas tree is also up but man, we really could use more snow!!


More scenes from near the water’s edge:


The snowmobile signs have been posted. All we need now? Yep….. Snow!!!


I also made my way down towards Devil’s Kitchen. In September I’d come down here after work sometimes to just sit and read a book and enjoy a little fresh air…


I’m looking forward to the upcoming Christmas bazaar and to really getting into the holiday spirit. Have a great week, everyone!

~ Heather 

Sunnier Days

So much up here is coming alive… I love it! The season is slowly starting once again. There are still a few weeks left of the school year, and I’ve gotten my final music concert done, which means it’s smooth sailing from here! Well, I hope, hehe… anyway, the weather has been much nicer lately and definitely a lot sunnier, so I’ve been enjoying the outdoors a little more and more every day.

I’m sure that you’ve all heard that the Grand Hotel has made their grand opening this past Friday, but there are also several stores open downtown as well, including the Lucky Bean Coffeeshop, Little Luxuries, Mighty Mac hamburger shop, and Island Slice Pizza, just to name a few. Doud’s Market has extended their hours and now there are lots of places to go past 7pm! Yippee!

I’ve been taking more pics with the new camera, too! Here’s a bit of what I’ve gotten so far:

Some roadwork seen through the May’s Candy Shop window. I think it has something to do with plumbing
Another pretty island sunset
I finally took my first ride on Shepler’s Miss Margy. It’s so spacious!

 

Also a few shots from Arnold Line’s Mighty Huron ~ the water seemed especially clear this day. Plus… a freighter!

 

 

I also spent some time off the island, over at the beach in Mackinaw City, and got some classic pics of the Mackinac Bridge.

 

If you’re familiar with my blog, you’ll notice that I’ve decided to make a change to my overall look and theme in an attempt to lighten things up! If you like it, feel free to like this post or send a comment! I also noticed that with the larger header option with this theme, I may need to get a new header picture as my old picture is just a tad bit blurry… which is a shame, because I really like that picture! I remember taking it one day while sitting inside the Grand Hotel to eat a quick lunch before heading back to work. Well, this may be the year for me to find many more pictures here… and many more adventures!

Speaking of adventures… for those of you who have been following my sci-fi story under the “writing” tab, I’m halfway through writing Chapter 10. That post will be going up soon!

Downtown Mackinac Island, Sunday May 8 (Mother’s Day)

So everything is definitely coming alive up here on Mackinac Island. Now I’m on my way to put the finishing touches on my desserts for my mom this Mother’s Day, and to anyone out there who’s reading this who is also a mother…

… Happy Mother’s Day!

~Heather

 

Aerial Views

Since being on winter break from school, I had the opportunity to leave Mackinac Island by boat and spend time with my family off island. However, I was surprised to find out that the boat had stopped running during my time away, and I was forced to come back to Mackinac by plane! I guess that shouldn’t have surprised me too much, what with it being Northern Michigan and all, and that there was a huge ice storm the day AFTER I first left… but in the four short winters that I’ve stayed here, the earliest that the boats had stopped running was by the second week of January! So it was still a little surprising.

No problem though, as I enjoy riding the 5-person planes that Great Lakes Air takes to Mackinac. The ride is short and sweet, and it’s pretty easy getting some aerial views while in the air:

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Once back on Mackinac Island, I had a couple options for getting down the hill… I could ride the taxi, as seen below:

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Or, I could call my boyfriend to come pick me up by snowmobile… which is what I did 🙂 We rode two to the sled and he very courageously held on to my very heavy 18-gallon tote as I slowly drove down the hill. Trust me, there are ways to get around on this island in the winter, but sometimes the snow just won’t cooperate, as you can see here with the chief-of-police stuck in the snow at the airport!

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Once I was down the hill and completely unpacked, I decided to take a walk downtown, and noticed how much snow had accumulated on the island! YAY! The one downside? I think some people who are gone for a longer amount of time, and parked their snowmobiles downtown, might run into a little problem:

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Happy New Year, everyone, and safe travels!