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

Time for a Cool Down

With October behind us, it’s gotten rather cold in Northern Michigan. I’ve heard from friends all over the state that they’ve already received a bit of snowfall, and here on Mackinac Island we got to experience the same on the night of Halloween. That snow quickly melted, and as I woke up this morning I was greeted with the sight of some crazy snowfall! The mayor even approved snowmobile driving today and many students were happy to be able to drive their snowmobiles home after school.

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Mackinac Island, morning of November 9

Before I go on, I’d like to address the fact that my blog has undergone a little bit of a change… mainly, that I’ve changed the name to The Copper Lake, which represents my love of all things copper (especially the copper items I use in my candy shop) and that my blog posts mostly take place here on Lake Huron. And I imagine I’ll be capturing many more copper-shaded sunsets over Lake Huron in the future… Anyway, if you type in my old blog address, it will still redirect you to the new name – and don’t worry, the content will basically be the same with a few more lifestyle posts sprinkled in, but as for Mackinac Island blog posts, those won’t go away… I promise!

Although the stores here on Mackinac Island are closed for the season, life still seems pretty busy downtown. It’s that time of year for construction to start up again! I hear trucks go by every morning up the Grand Hill, a few places on Main St. have already stripped apart some of their store fronts for new construction, and even our fudge shops are getting a new coat of paint inside. I also got a little too preoccupied with work and completely missed out on taking pictures of horses leaving the island… I’m sure you’ve all seen some nice pics out there, somewhere?

I decided to weather the storm and take a quick trip off island, buying my set of surcharge tickets at Starline Ferry to use alongside my Shepler’s resident pass, and rode the catamaran to St. Ignace. One thing that I miss during the off season is having access to the book store, where I would also have access to magazines… so I got off the boat dock in St. Ignace and walked straight away to the bookstore across the street to stock up on a few food and fitness mags. Unfortunately I was met with somewhat of a shock when I saw that the bookstore in St. Ignace is closing!!!!!!! It’s been since I was a kid. At least I was able to get all of my magazines at a discount, but I’ll be very sorry to see that bookstore disappear…

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Leaving the bay

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Passengers waiting to get off the boat

After a quick drive down the street and back, I caught the next boat back to the island, caught a great view of a freight boat passing by us as we neared the Round Island Lighthouse passage, and I biked back home as fast as I could to head inside my warm home.

I have just a few photos left from late October that I’d like to share, so I’l share them here at the end.

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Until next time,

Heather

A Mackinac Island Winter

Have I really gone three months without blogging? 

Yes. Yes, I have.

This winter hasn’t been anything extreme in any way to me. We didn’t get dumped with an amazing amount of snow, it didn’t really get too cold, nothing out of the ordinary happened… I guess I just ended up spending a lot of time enjoying Mackinac Island on my own. I find that I can get too cynical when I hear others say how in love they are with the island, how magical it is, how blessed they are. I’ve gotten too caught up in work and stress that I wouldn’t allow myself to enjoy the fact that all of statements above are completely true for me, too. 

So instead, I just tried to spend a little more time offline, focused more on photography, and tried to find the best about Mackinac Island and why it makes me feel blessed. I took a lot of great photos… and personally, I made sure to spend some of that time focusing on my health, enjoying the outdoors, finding more passion in my work, spending time with great company, and just living.

Now that’s not to say that I haven’t been posting any pictures online… they just haven’t been on my blog, and I’ve been uploading island photos on my Instagram account, @heathermay.xo (you might notice those pictures in the sidebar). 

Anyway, now that we’re in the month of April and all of the snow is gone, I decided not to let the remainder of my winter photos go to waste and will post them below. 

Below you will find winter photos from January through March of this year. 

Please enjoy 🙂

– Heather