Mackinac Island / Fall 2017

This year’s fall season has been taking it’s sweet time to start cooling down… and I’m totally okay with that!

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I haven’t had much time to blog this summer, but did have an opportunity recently to organize some recent photos. The sunsets this time of year are wonderful, and I like to join the other tourists down at the boardwalk to wait for the day’s sunset. Every once in awhile, I have the great pleasure of catching a freight boat pass by, like in the picture above and below:

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Some quiet time on the beach…

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Life on Main Street has still been pretty steady as well! We’ve had the Republican convention, boy scouts, and senior citizens visiting in the past few weeks. And just when I think that business is going to be slow at the fudge shops on a Saturday… it’s not! Overall I’m pretty happy about the weekend business downtown:

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The view on Main Street
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Cream and butter delivery for May’s Candy Shop
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Fresh chocolate nut! Mmmmmmmmmmmay’s fudge 🙂

Just a few more outdoor shots for you. I’ve got a new camera coming in the mail and hope to put up some pictures with it soon! Take care, all…

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~ Heather

Around Mackinac

What’s a girl to do when she’s got spare time on her hands, time that is rare and quite often sporadic? Well, one must venture out, of course…

Unfortunately I don’t mean out on the water, although that would be incredible.

I’ve been spending a lot of my time at the fudge shops, gathering new ideas, implementing new ideas, keeping to the old routines, learning more about the ins and outs of running a business… it’s starting to get into that busy time of year, so I thought I’d better start posting some pictures! Anyway, I thought I would brighten up some of our tools at work by bringing in some copper measuring cups and spoons to measure out our front-end ingredients, ie dried cherries, ground pecans, and chocolate chips:

I think one of our popular up-and-comers in terms of flavors has been sea salt caramel this year, and it’s rare for us to end a day with any left for sale. We make it daily!

This next one’s from my parents’ front yard. They have the most beautiful wild roses that smell simply amazing. Although lilac season is over, it’s time for the wild roses to bloom:

As I had mentioned at the beginning, I do try to venture out and away from work on my day off. Not too long ago I decided to see Arch Rock again, and after not visiting it since this past winter, I was looking forward to seeing the brighter side of the arch.

Climbing the steps to Arch Rock
The view from Leslie Ave, just past Arch Rock ~ my favorite view

Arch Rock seems so beautiful when seen in the cold of winter, frozen in some kind of time that’s only meant for you. It’s peaceful, and the scene of the lake just beyond the arch makes it even more peaceful. But in the summer, if you happen to visit it when it isn’t too congested with visitors, it’s an amazing sight to see! I wasn’t expecting so much greenery around. That really made it pop!

On the way back down the stairs to my bike, I happened to notice a freight boat in the distance. Thank goodness I took my camera with the extra zoom! I was able to capture a shot:

After my day off escapades, it was back to work once again. My dad likes to attend to his stores at least once a day, and on days when we’ve got everything covered… which is almost every day… he just sits back, relaxes, and enjoys the summer.

Let me leave you with just one more picture of candy from my store, some crunchy goodness I like to call Peco Flake:

Until next time…

~ Heather

Snow

“Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here, to watch his woods fill up with snow.” – Robert Frost

With the snow storm upon us, I can only assume that every person on this island is relieved and now relaxed knowing that we can all use our snowmobiles without having to worry about whether there was enough snow or not! Not that that stopped many people from still riding their snowmobiles… but with the snow around, it helps.

As I finished teaching my last class of the day yesterday, I walked outside to find myself in a light pouring of rain. And as I talked to my parents on the phone just minutes later, they proceeded to tell me about the snow that was piling up in Petoskey… and here I was left wondering where our snow was!? Were we going to have another experience of everyone around us getting snow, except here on the island? I went on with the rest of my evening and took a ride out to Mission Point’s gym… on my bike.

On the way there, I noticed one of many massive freighters that go through our straits, but one thing that I’ve never had the chance to see was their incredibly large and powerful flood light. I first noticed it while riding my bike past two houses. Just as I was passing the first house, their light just happened to turn towards my direction and blind me for just a second! I later learned that they use this light to check the perimeter of the boat and make sure that there isn’t any dangerous ice near the boat.

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It wasn’t until I got back home from the gym, after eating dinner and was getting ready for bed, when I finally noticed a gust of wind hit my house, and a pile of snow fell off the roof. Finally, the snow was here! Maybe this weekend will give me the opportunity to snowshoe through the trails and cross-country ski through town. I couldn’t wait to wake up the next morning just to see it all:

Winter on Mackinac Island is something not many tourists experience, but they certainly should! Especially since the winter festival, chili cook-off, and Washington’s brithday bash all happen in February (and I might as well throw this in here… you can come celebrate my birthday then too!).