Our Place In The Fog

The adjustment from winter to spring is quite a transition in Mackinaw. When warmer weather moves over the cold waters of the Straits of Mackinac, fog is the result. And we have really had our share of it. Fog makes everything feel closer. Probably a lot like living in a cocoon. Fog has the power to remove huge items, like the bridge, from your sight, all the while leaving an air of mystery behind. It moves in and out, then disappears … Continued

It’ Gone !

It is funny how everything changes so rapidly up here. We had a lot of ice on the straits through the end of April. Then last week, we had a week of high winds that drove the ice ashore, and a lot of fog and rain which melted the ice. Now the ice is gone , the ferries are running and all seems as it should for early May.

Winter in April

It was April 26th and it looked like March. I went down to the state dock to check out the ice breaker that was docked there and found an incredible wintery sight. The ice on the straits was amazing and beautiful. I found myself humming “Let it go! Let it go!” and wished I could stomp my foot onto the ice and have it crack, just like in the movie “Frozen”. That’s when I noticed the cracks in the ice an thought … Continued

We’re Here !

We arrived here last Wednesday afternoon and what beautiful day it was. The drive north was sunny and clear. We never saw snow until we got to Gaylord. The snow drifted on the sides of the freeway and along the hills. We stopped in Gaylord at our favorite rest stop just to get a few pictures. The lake was frozen and the way the sunlight bounced off the snow and ice was blinding and beautiful . We could hardly wait … Continued

Lights Out !

 Mackinaw City is proud to have The Headlands International Dark Sky Park as a fantastic place for people of all ages to go and explore the beauty of the dark, starry sky. There are only ten dark sky parks in the world. A dark sky park is a designated public area where outside light influence is minimal and natural darkness showcases all the night sky has to offer.On Monday, August 12, 2013, we were proud to be part of an experiment … Continued

Relax

Yesterday, I had to drive to Gaylord for supplies.  I reached for the button to turn on the radio and stopped. I thought I would see how long I could go without any noise. I traveled down I-75 and was looking at the beautiful countryside. The morning sun was dancing off the fresh, green foliage giving it a glow. The rolling green hills greeted me as I rounded every bend in the road. Often the hills made me think I … Continued

Flowers, Flowers Everywhere

Yes, it is finally that time of year when we can go out for a walk amid the newly leafed trees and fresh grass, to find natures jewels…wildflowers. I went out with a friend and saw wildflowers I had never seen before. I took some pictures so I could share them with you. We hope that no matter where you live you are able to get out for a spring walk and enjoy all the beauty that springtime brings.  Forget-me-n Columbine … Continued

Flower Power

Every year my sister, Ellie, and her husband, Art, bring flowers for us to plant around the motel. This year they brought 480 pink and white begonias, 62 diamond frost, 48 bucopa and 24 ornamental kale. We used 8 bags of dirt and 12 bags of mulch. With all of us working, we were able to finish all the planting in about seven hours. Everything looks so barren without flowers, leaves and green grass. just adding fresh plants and mulch … Continued

Thousand Footer In The Fog

The month of May has brought several foggy days. I know that I have posted several pictures of fog on the blog. But there is something mysterious and beautiful about fog. One minute you looking at the bridge and the next minute you can’t see the bridge because the dense fog has moved in. That was exactly the way it was a couple of days ago. The fog was so dense I could not see the pool . About mid morning, … Continued

Northern Michigan In May

This week has had some very unique weather. It all started last Sunday in the fog and light rain. The rain became heavier as the week progressed. By Wednesday morning the fog was dense and I had to drive to Gaylord. How dense was the fog? Visibility was down to about 100 feet. When I got to the top of a hill, I had to back my speed down to 30mph just to be able to see if there were any cars … Continued