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

More Than Enough Snow

This year’s polar vortex has certainly caused quite a stir in Michigan this year. Mackinac Island is no exception to the snowfall, and it seemed as though we were running out of places to put the snow this past week:

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Looks like the city found one good spot… right in front of May’s Candy Shop! It sure was a climb trying to get inside the store
The view from atop the snow hill
The view from atop the snow hill
And down by the boardwalk... !
And down by the boardwalk… !
This wall of snow taller than my 5'2" self nearly blocks out the view of the Mackinac Bridge
This wall of snow taller than my 5’2″ self nearly blocks out the view of the Mackinac Bridge
Can you guess where I am?
Can you guess where I am?
More snow piles... this time by our corner store fudge shop
More snow piles… this time by our corner store fudge shop
The snow by the Mackinac Island Public Library
The snow by the Mackinac Island Public Library
Windermere Park has become a great place to store the snow... can you see the lighthouses?
Windermere Park has become a great place to store the snow… can you see the lighthouses?
A view down Fort St... the same place where I went sledding on my birthday last year!
A view down Fort St… the same place where I went sledding on my birthday last year!
The kids of Mackinac Island Public School, enjoying their large wall of snow/snow hill
The kids of Mackinac Island Public School, enjoying their large wall of snow/snow hill
Children learning how to ski
Children learning how to ski
The old lilac tree in my mom and dad's front yard, weathering the snow
The old lilac tree in my mom and dad’s front yard, weathering the snow. I can’t wait to see it back in full bloom this summer…

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!