Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air! The island welcomes this warm, spring weather.

However, we did have a little cleaning up to do from the winter. Remember that big snowstorm that hit earlier in March? Well, the weight of snow on the trees ended up bringing some of those trees down. They have since been cleaned up, but here’s a little bit of the aftermath of that storm:

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The downed trees lined the side of the road:

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On a more positive note, the nicer weather is slowly bringing back the green!

And all this nice weather is allowing us to get clean, too! I took a couple of photos on my corner of how clean the streets are. Market St:

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Downtown:

And a quick trip up some stairs brought me to….

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…East Bluff, next to the Baby Grand:

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I mosied along a couple of little trails during my hike.If there’s anything good about spring, it’s the smell of freshly growing plants and trees and grass and… everything!

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Another white pine:

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I don’t know how this formed, but it looks like a big shoe print:

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And a couple of Arch Rock photos, filtered for that “old-fashioned” look:

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Spring Time

With the rise in temperature and the animal life going crazy all over the place, it’s hard not to want to be outdoors every waking minute these days!

I decided to look for more letterboxes on Sunday, and brought my bike along with me. Don’t get me wrong here, even islanders can get lost every once in awhile! I suppose I should have taken a map with me, because on my way to Winnebago Trail I instead ended up at Arch Rock…. woops! An honest mistake. But a good one, too. With the sound of slowly moving waves and a slight breeze in the air, I couldn’t help but stay awhile…

I then slowly made my way around the island, first up East Bluff, then over to West Bluff. Did you know that Michigan’s state tree is the white pine? If you don’t know what it looks like, here it is!

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Although not everything on Mackinac Island is green yet, there’s already a lot of green moss sprouting up everywhere:

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I also thought that the snowmobile blocks would be removed by now, but not yet. There are still a couple of snowmobiles stranded downtown, and it’s just a matter of time before people drive them back to their storage areas. Mine is nicely stored in my back yard.

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If you follow Shepler’s Ferry on facebook, you would have noticed that their cover picture on St. Patrick’s Day featured a picture by Brenda Horton. It took me awhile to figure out where specifically the picture was taken… but I was very intrigued! I decided to try to find that location, and take a “spring” photo in the same spot. I didn’t quite get the same spot… but it looks pretty close:

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Another great place for photos? Pontiac’s Trail, which can be found on the West Bluff. It’s a fun trail to walk on, plus you get a great view of the lake, bridge, and passage.

Can you see Round Island Lighthouse?

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… can you see it now!?

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… how about now!?!?

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One of my favorite spots from this weekend: