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

Starting the Off-Season

Hey everyone!

Every year, I have the great fortune of transitioning from my summer job to my winter job, where I work both jobs in the months of September and October. By now I’m pretty used to that transition, but I’d be lying if I don’t get slightly overwhelmed at the end of October. Then, when we finally close up the fudge shops for the winter, all of a sudden I have all of this extra time that I don’t know what to do with… so, I do nothing!

Really… I sleep! Naps rock!

Anyway, now that I’ve had lots of time to relax, I thought I’d skim through my camera and my phone’s camera and post a few pictures of Mackinac Island from now, and the past few weeks.

First of all, the fall colors up here have been completely stunning, and I always look forward to the smells of autumn. After talking with my dad, it turns out the fall colors were the reason that our season on Mackinac Island goes through October… back in the day (I’m not sure how far back, but back there somewhere), the tourist season used to end right after Labor Day, and no matter how long the hotels tried to stay open after that, most everything just closed down. But then bus tours from all over started giving a “Fall Colors” tour throughout Michigan, and it’s because of those tours that led tourists through to Mackinac Island in September and October, extending our season. I’m sure that the fall colors look amazing everywhere, but I especially like it here.




Second, Arnold line Ferry was bought by Starline, meaning that next summer we will no longer see the familiar Arnold line name anymore. It’s a sad day and quite a big change to see such an iconic part of Mackinac Island gone. As a kid, my brother and I would sit in the front of the red and green striped catamarans on a windy, wavy day, and pretend that we were steering the ship through a torrential storm. Sometimes I thought we were a starship fleet, steering though a comet storm in outer space (that might have been just me, but I’m sure my brother was playing along with me, too). My guess is that Starline will just rename the boats and keep everything running as usual for next year, but, maybe they’ll do something completely different? I don’t know, and I haven’t really asked around either, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough.




Lastly, I do have to admit that part of the reason that I’ve been offline from this blog lately is that I’ve been working on a new one. Since my passion for candy making has gotten stronger this year, I’ve decided to continue it on into the winter months and try to make more candy and sweet goods at home, and being a blog lover, decided to document it all in a new blog. If you’re interested in seeing what I make and bake this winter, please check out my other site at Spoons of Copper – it should be up in the next few days, and if you’re interested you can sign up for email updates! It’s purely a candy and cooking blog at this point, but you may from time to time see a Mackinac Island pic or two…

Let me end this post with just a few more photos from around the island…

An empty downtown
So peaceful!

I’m never downtown in the fall because I change jobs and am at Mackinac Island Public School all day. So I always seem to miss seeing the horses leaving the island… one very lucky day I had some time to leave work early and check my mail, and on the way back, I ran into these beautiful horses! We’ll see you again next year…


~ Heather