Wednesday, November 2, 2011

My blog will be back

My blog will return! Sorry it's been silent so long. I am waiting for an update, it isn't letting me insert pictures within the blog. (And I like using pictures in my photo blog.)
I've done lots of neat things: running the Great Turtle Race, lots of exploring on Mackinac Island, and plenty of pictures of course! MackinacMommy is active on twitter and Instagram in the meantime. Missing you! Promise I will be back!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Autumn Fog on Mackinac

Thursday morning was incredibly foggy. I found it lovely and documented my bike ride to the babysitter's before work.
We start at Mission Point Resort, as we live and work here.

The fog is thick:

A carriage is approaching:

Visibility is low, this fog means business!

Lady Liberty's silhouette as she watches the harbor:

Even though I was just below Fort Mackinac, I couldn't make it out.

Can't see very far down the Arnold Line dock:

Even in fog, downtown Mackinac is picturesque!

What skill! I am not this good on a bike yet. I have managed biking one-handed with Phil's garment bag while pulling the girls in the burley, and that was tricksy enough! This gentleman was followed shortly by a second lumber-wielding biker.

Heading up Cadotte:

The golf course:

The Grand Hotel is completely cloaked by fog:

Usually, the Grand Hotel is clearly visible at this point:

I was so focused on snapping pictures, I didn't notice I was still in 2nd and 4th gears uphill until this point.

I stopped for this picture of the Grand Hotel- I love how the flags on the porch gradually disappear into the fog:

View down Cadotte behind me- the bar in the bottom of the picture is the handle of the girls' burley.

I can't help but think of Superman when I pass this antique phone booth!

Some housekeepers on their way to work:

On Market Street:

Downtown Mackinac is still enveloped in fog:

This team of horses pauses:

The Island House opened as a hotel in 1852. When the east and west additions were constructed, extra columns left over from building the Grand Hotel were used- see them on the right?

The Bay View Bed & Breakfast had some marvelous smells of pastry about it! There is a little coffee shop behind the main building that is treasured by many:

St. Anne's Church:

Behind this tree is the Mission Church:

I don't recall ever not being able to see the tower museum from here. It should be just above the birdhouses. Craziness!

Mission Point's Executive Putting Greens (can you see the man and the lawnmower through the fog?)

Some geese on the lawn and the greens. The girls have called them penguins, which I think of whenever I pass geese now and have to smile.

These chairs have a fantastic view of Lake Huron typically, honest!

Mission Point Resort... Well, part of it at least. The fog is hiding things.

The top of the main lobby is hardly visible. Fog is amazing.

And last, but not least, here the cliff referred to as Robinson's Folly ...isn't.

Location:Mackinac Island

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Visit to the Deer Ranch

Sometimes, we miss the ferry we were aiming for; on one such occasion, I took the girls to the Deer Ranch in St. Ignace. I have the privilege of being Mommy these summer days so can do impromptu field trips. In our area there are so many neat things to explore!

We bought a cup of carrots to feed the deer.

One of the bucks dominated the feeding time. Kaya noticed this and tried to make the distribution of carrots more fair. Jade was happy to feed the bossy begging buck.

He had the most impressive set of antlers of the bunch:

The girls were so cute! They thoroughly enjoyed it.

The buck tries to intercept a proffered carrot.

Kaya was kind enough to pause and smile for Mom. Jade was pretty focused on the deer.

Some of the deer seemed just as focused on the girls as they were interested in the deer.

Jade is captivated:

Gotta love an awesome "stick your face in a painting" opportunity!

My little dears!

There were three female fawns in the barn we got to meet:

This fawn approached and sweetly let us pet her.

She gave "kisses"! (she did try to eat Jade's curls at one point too.)

Pretty, yes? The fawns were our favorite part of our visit.

Scratching an itch- impressive balance!

Some fawns at the ranch nurse, the three in the barn were bottle-fed. We got to be there during their feeding! Kaya was given the opportunity to give a fawn a bottle, but chose to watch instead.

So cute!

There is a nice gift shop also. The girls wanted a toy deer but we didn't get one; stuffed animals seem to multiply without my help. Has any other parent noticed this? (Later in the summer we visited the Detroit Zoo and they each picked a stuffed animal then, but that's another adventure!)

Heading home again by ferry:

Location:St. Ignace