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!

 

Snow storm and Holiday Postcards

Take a stroll with me on the boardwalk…

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Today a nice big snowstorm hit Mackinac Island, and it was great. Well, maybe the wind wasn’t so great, but everything else was great. We had to endure an entire weekend with no snow and barely enough ice on the ground for snowmobilers to get by, so the several inches of snow that we accumulated last night and today was nice. I wanted to get a little walk in this morning, so I decided to walk to work instead of drive.

A nice view of the Grand Hotel on my way towards the school
A nice view of the Grand Hotel on my way towards the school

On my way out of work, I could tell there was a lot more snow… and a lot more wind, too! The snow just wanted to stick to everything, including store windows. But the wind was really making it hard for snow to stick to the ground, so driving seemed to be a little bit of a wispy adventure.

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By the time I got home a minute later, I figured, why not take a ride? So I started up my snowmobile and headed into town. I needed gas anyway, and I hadn’t gotten any good pics of the fudge shops yet, so what better time than any!

Leaving Island Hardware after getting some gas, and about to cross Main Street onto Astor Street.
Leaving Island Hardware after getting some gas, and about to cross Main Street onto Astor Street.
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I swung back around onto Main St. to check out the tree

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Our main store, May's Fudge Shop, oldest family-operated fudge shop on the island. I added a couple of decorations to make it more festive!
Our main store, May’s Fudge Shop, oldest family-operated fudge shop on the island. I added a couple of decorations to make it more festive!

 

Here are just a couple more photographs from around town:

Fort Mackinac
Fort Mackinac

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By the way, awhile back I started a little Postcard Pal event where I asked all of you out there to send me a postcard with a note about your memories of Mackinac Island. With the holidays in full swing, I thought I’d bring back the event in a good ol’ holiday style!

Send me a postcard with a message saying what you like about Mackinac Island in the winter, or what you’d like to experience about Mackinac Island if you haven’t been here in the winter. Your postcard will be featured on my blog, and you’ll receive a postcard back from me! Send all mail to:

@MackIslandGal / PO Box 870 / Mackinac Island, MI 49757

Thanks for stopping by, and hope to hear from you soon!

 

Thanksgiving Art & Festivities

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and weekend! I spent the holidays with my family on Mackinac Island, and we enjoyed a wonderful day of snow, cooking, and of course, togetherness.

Before I delve into our island Thanksgiving dinner, let me start off with some artwork from Mackinac Island students. My 2nd and 3rd grade students are all about learning how to draw animals this year, so among those animals we drew a Turkey. We drew a turkey together step-by-step, making it look like a realistic turkey from a side view. Then, we colored our turkeys using heavy crayon, and I let the students choose whether to make their turkey’s colors realistic or colorful – then, we painting over the turkeys using watercolor paint to create a wax resist effect. Here are a few of the finished artwork:

A fine turkey indeed
A fine turkey indeed
A colorful turkey full of stripes and swirls
A colorful turkey full of stripes and swirls
Camo turkey ~ looks like this turkey will survive the weekend!
Camo turkey ~ looks like this turkey will survive the weekend!

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On Thanksgiving morn, Mackinac Island held its annual 5k Turkey Trot, and boy was it a great day to go running/walking/dog walking! With a layer of snow on the ground, the participants looked ready to run, including my brother and his girlfriend. Lee decided to skip the turkey trot however, and go straight to frog jump…

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After watching them take off, and buying a few last minute ingredients at Doud’s Market, I made a couple of stops to take some downtown photos:

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A view of downtown from the 2nd floor of our corner fudge shop
A view of downtown from the 2nd floor of our corner fudge shop

Now this year we all jumped on our Thanksgiving dinner duties, and mine was being in charge of desserts! I made both a pumpkin pie and an apple cranberry pie, both successful in turnout. We had a fabulous thanksgiving this year, and I hope all of you out there did too! And if you’re wondering what to do with your turkey leftovers, you should definitely try making some turkey enchiladas… they were fantastic!

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Now before I go, let me leave you with a couple more Thanksgiving inspired artwork from Mackinac Island students. My 4th and 5th grade art class talked about the Mayflower and its significance with Thanksgiving, and each student was able to draw his and her own Mayflower boat. I LOVED the outcome of these boats, as they did a fantastic job drawing them:

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