Changes in Season

There are always a lot of moving parts happening in March, whether we notice it or not. Changes in weather, additions to staff, stores quietly getting ready for the season, snowmobiles being stored away, snowmobiles braving the lack of snow on roads… the first time I left the island this month was in the first week. I left for only two days, and went by boat.

At that time, the boat was running, and we were traveling the regular route to St. Ignace. Great! By the time I was ready to drive back up north, ice had floated back into the dock at St. Ignace and the boat couldn’t break free. So, back by plane I went…

In the picture above you can see how clear the water is around the island. It was a beautiful day for a plane ride, and it turned out to be a pretty nice day for a walk back down to my house, as well.

As the week progressed, more and more snow started to melt on the roads. It made snowmobile travel much more difficult downtown, but there was still enough for people to get by driving. As someone who lives close to downtown, I walk most everywhere, so it hasn’t affected me too much this year. The city does a great job of keeping our sidewalks clear and safe.

One dicey spot where the melted snow likes to create a little lake.
Melting, but still driveable
A beautiful view of the water and ice off the docks

The last time I was off the island was last week, headed to Petoskey to bring my mom back with me. No issues with breaking through the ice in the lake this time, but there was also another issue… by that Friday, schools had officially decided to close down for the next 3 weeks. By time I had gotten back to the island Monday, it had finally settled in with me that I wouldn’t have anything to do for awhile. My mom and I also missed out on getting any toilet paper or cleaning wipes. More than just seasons on the island was changing.

The ice had moved again on our boat ride back, too compacted to go the normal route, so we traveled around the North side of the island where you can see Arch Rock. It’s a longer trip, but the view is still great. I think I was more fascinated by the buttery smooth waves, followed by larges patches of ice.

Right now, the roads are pretty clear. We’ve had quite a few sunny days, and it’s still the same, quiet Mackinac Island that I’m accustomed to this time of year. I just don’t go out very much. Or, at all. Except to get groceries at Doud’s.

Our two restaurants are now closed to the public, but they do offer take out, as well as offer delivery service to our older residents. Doud’s is open as well, and has offered delivery service to all residents. And we are all sticking to social distancing requirements as much as any other place in Michigan.

As far as activities to keep myself busy during this social distancing phase, I’ve been cleaning at home a lot, practicing ukulele and guitar a lot more, taking more photos, bird watching, drawing a little, and spending way too much time on my phone. I’m lucky, however, to have a camera lens that zooms close enough to clearer see birds high up… I’m hoping to catch an owl or eagle one of these days in my back yard again, or possibly on my next walk on the boardwalk.

Until next time, I’ll be hunkered down at home. I hope everyone out there is staying safe, and wishing everyone a little comfort from my home to yours.

Heather


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Hi everyone,

I hope everyone is doing okay out there, and am wishing everyone good health in these uncertain times.

I have a new Mackinac Island blogpost to add tomorrow, but for right now, I’d like to share with all of you a new venture I’m pursuing.

As you all know, I’ve written on this blog for a very long time now… at least since 2010… a majority of the posts focusing on my life here on Mackinac Island. It is a joy for me to be able to practice my hobby of photography in such a beautiful place and also to be able to share it with you all. I’ve been considering doing this for quite some time now, and feel ready to give it a try.

I’m now reaching out for your support to continue building on my blogging skills and my skills as a photographer, by inviting you to my Patreon Page. As a part time teacher and fairly new business owner, I don’t yet have the financial ability to upgrade certain aspects of my hobby, specifically in upgrading to a new camera and photo editing software. As of right now, I use a Canon Rebel t6i, a Samsung NX3300, and my iPhone XS to take pictures, all of which have served me well over these past few years! However, it would be a dream to be able to upgrade to a full-frame camera, which would give me the opportunity to take higher quality photos and provide you with a clearer view of Mackinac Island.

Additionally, I would love to write more often on my blog and share more stories and insights about Mackinac Island on a regular basis. As of now, I’ve been posting about once a month, however I plan changing that to at least once every two weeks, and if you’d be interested in supporting me even more, I’d be very happy to post even more.

So if you’re interested in helping me to build on my passion for photography and writing, please visit my Patreon Page here: The Copper Lake Patreon Page. If you’ve never heard of Patreon, let me tell you a few things about it:

  • Patreon is a crowdfunding website where you can offer monthly support instead of a one-time donation. You can use PayPal and also most major credit cards.
  • As a supporter, you receive rewards! There are different tiers of support, and the higher the tier you enter the bigger the reward you’ll receive!
  • If monthly support is not your thing though, you can also stop your support at any time, as well as go to a lower tier, or go to a higher tier.

In using Patreon, I hope that you’ll find it an enjoyable form of support, one that you feel is a benefit to you and that you feel you’re getting your money’s worth out of it.

You should be able to see a tab at the top of my blog page labeled, “Thank You,” and every supporter’s name will be listed here.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post! I am grateful for all of you out there who have read my blog over the years, and I hope to continue providing you with more photos and posts for years to come.

-Heather

A Mackinac Winter

Out of all the wintery days that we’ve had in this new year, none have seemed more like winter than last Friday. Just a brushing of light snowfall, so constant and unwavering that it gently coats the tree branches and winter foliage just enough to cause a whiteout all around you. When it snows, air is trapped between the snowflakes, attenuating vibration, and absorbing sound. That’s why it seems so much more quiet when it snows. 

I always think of this when I’m walking to work in a light snowfall; just a calm moment before the everyday noise and jumbling of work begins is what I consider an ideal way to start the day. Better than a hot cup of coffee. And then on other days, when work is over, that is, a little noise is a welcome addition to the day. That’s when the revving of snowmobiles around town seem more exciting than normal. 

I haven’t had the opportunity to find myself on a snowmobile ride in recent years, but when you’ve got an adventurous driver, you know you’re in for a good drive. Most drivers are friendly as well… I will often times find myself walking up the big hill past the Grand Hotel and someone will stop to offer me a ride. Now that the island’s roads are full of snow (compared to the first week of the New Year when the snow had disappeared), snowmobiles are much more frequent around town. There’s also plenty of opportunities to travel by fat tire bike, cross country skis, or snowshoes, but at the end of the day, I will always be in favor of a walk. Anyway, if anyone reading out there happens to be located in a place with snow right now, and you have the good fortune of walking (or driving) on snow-covered trails, I highly recommend it. It’s a delightful way to start out the new year.

-Heather