Spring Surprises 2018

So… how about this weather!?

Although this weekend was full of braving a boat ride across Lake Huron and staying out of the horrible weather as much as possible, last weekend was full of island hiking, and I decided to explore around Sugar Loaf and see everything else along the way:

The lighthouse passage as seen from the top of Fort Hill

 

The Mackinac Bridge at sunset
More lake ice at sunset

There are a few Mackinac Island landmarks that are fairly close to each other, so whenever I visit one, I try to visit all three… Fort Holmes, Sugar Loaf, and Arch Rock. Being a resident who lives downtown however, I don’t always realize how much more snow is in the middle of the island. I walked up Fort Hill, strolled behind Fort Mackinac, and proceeded to hike along one of the trails towards Sugar Loaf, when I quickly realized that none of these trails had been touched and were covered in a good half foot of  thick snow. But I had made it up that far so, why not keep going?

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Here you can see my lone footsteps in the snow, and a tree that had fallen into a very interesting spot!

At every intersection I tried to calculate how much further I had to go and kept telling myself that I was so close. Also, knowing that arriving at Sugar Loaf would be so worth it, I kept trudging along until finally, I was there!

It’s a pretty big rock! I know lots of people try to climb it, even though you aren’t supposed to… my older half sister once climbed it back in the 70s and she somehow got stuck! She had to get pulled out by the local firemen. Anyway, there’s a small path that you can walk around it, but I decided to rest my feet and just take pictures from the road.

I then realized that I chose to visit the landmark between Arch Rock and Fort Holmes… and not wanting to go one way just to backtrack the other way and trudge in more snow than I needed to, I decided that I would skip Arch Rock this time around and head towards Fort Holmes. So, I made my way up to Lookout Point (which I had to do very carefully up the snowy, slightly slippery stairs!) and took one final look at Sugar Loaf:

The road to Fort Holmes had a clear path and I was able to walk fairly normally the rest of the way! It also happened to be a beautiful, sunny day to take a clear pic:

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And one more picture to share… yesterday as I made a short trip to St. Ignace and back, there were two freight boats parked just outside the island, waiting out the crazy winds we’ve been having. Unfortunately I didn’t have a nice camera on me so this one I took with my phone, but I still think it’s worth the share! Considering that the winds picked up even more today, I’m guessing they’re still sitting out there… or if they moved, they didn’t get very far!

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I hope everyone is having better weather than we are, and here’s hoping that Spring actually decides to show up soon!

~ 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