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

New World

I’ve noticed a lot of great natural wonders while living here during the winter. I’m sure it’s not that big of a deal to the year-round locals, but for anyone experiencing their first winter on Mackinac Island, it’s pretty amazing.

For instance, when there’s even the slightest bit of snowfall, that usually means that the sky is full of clouds… which means that you can barely see out in the lake, which is a crazy sight AND feeling! I basically feel like I am in two situations. 1) I feel like I’m inside of a snowglobe, and 2) when you look out onto the frozen lake nearest to the shorline, and all you can see are large cracks that fade away as you look further out, it makes me think of every foggy scene in that Stephen King movie, “The Mist.” Some part of me wonders if a sci-fi creature will reach out of that snowy mist and eat me alive.

The other thing that I find amazing is the silence. Every single time I walk downtown, the silence is there. It’s not deafening, or frightening…. it’s peaceful, calm, relaxing. I made a vow to myself that I would walk downtown at least once every day or night, so that I could marvel in the silence downtown. My biggest fear is that once summer comes and the tourists fill the streets with their noise, that I’ll miss the silence too much and feel that everyone is ruining that moment. Which is exactly why I will be walking through town very often. Enjoy the quiet while it lasts.