One would think my favorite time on the island is in the middle of July… gorgeous sun, warm weather, boating, biking, flowers… all that fun summer stuff.. HECK NO!
You might think I’m crazy but my favorite time of year here is February. Its quiet, peaceful, serene (except for the sounds of snowmobiles everywhere). When in the summer there are so many people, everyone is working so hard it becomes difficult to find time to sit, relax , visit and truly enjoy the people and place around you. Right now is a time when you can cozy around a fireplace, make dinner for one another, play games and just live.
This year was particularly exciting for me. I rode across the ice bridge for the first time!! Last weekend my dear friend picked me up in St. Ignace with a cutter on the back of his snowmobile (aka sled)… and rode me across the frozen lake. Mackinac Island residents save their Christmas trees every year in hopes that the lake will freeze thick enough to create a path to the mainland. Then these trees are then placed as markers to show the ice bridge. I have been hearing about this thing for years but never experienced it… all I can say is that one minute I was terrified the next completely mesmerized. I’ve never experienced anything like it.
Its always fun to see the different community activities on the island this time of year. Euchre one night, trivia the next, and then there’s always bingo and great live music with local singers. Last week was the Village Inn’s annual chili cookoff…. and now (since I’m a bit trapped till tomorrow because of a supposed storm coming in) its off to the Mustang to watch a bunch of guys pretend to have a golf tournament in the middle of winter… ahhh “Golden Tee”
Its amazing how the island (and ice) can change minute to minute… from last week with a frozen lake to this week having to fly over open water. After ten years this place still never ceases to amaze me.
Here are some pics… I hope you enjoy them… they are probably some of my favorite island pics..
Stay warm… and may you all continue to find amazement and wonder in the world around you!!