Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Ferries are Running!

Look! It's the Huron! What a welcome sight! (She hasn't been running for over a month.)

The Huron is only making a few trips a day, but it makes a huge difference to Mackinac Island. Great Lakes Air has been our only way to get off island (and I'm so thankful they exist!) Everything- from mail to Doud's stock of groceries- has arrived by plane. Flying is more expensive. Residents of Mackinac Island can buy a yearly ferry pass, which is a huge blessing!

In the afternoon, I went to the Mackinac Island Courthouse and voted in the Michigan Primary. (Mackinac County votes were split 666-667, not that Michigan delegates are by counties... but it shows how evenly split things are). Afterward, I went to the school so my toddler could enjoy the playground while we waited for school to get out.

A gray and foggy day:

There was enough snow for snowmobiles! ...At least for those living up in the village. The wind hasn't let much snow stay on the roads at the Mission Point end of the island, so I've still been biking.

Fun with facepaint when we got home:

In the evening, our apartment was vibrating. This means a big boat is passing. It wasn't a freighter, but the US Coast Guard!

It's nice to see boats in these waters once more!


How does a guy lose his winter boot? (My hubby joked that it must have been aiming for Boot Island, which is northeast.)

A panoramic shot of Mission Point Resort (playing with an iPhone app called DMD):

Location:Mackinac Island


  1. Wow, cannot believe the ferries are running already! It seems so early. I am glad you will be able to leave the island via ferry when you need to.

    Here in Wisconsin, we have had a very mild winter as well, with very little snow and some pretty nice warm days. I do not trust the month of March, though! I have a feeling we may get blasted with winter weather yet, lol.

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. I cannot believe how pretty the island is even on the grayest of days.

    1. Apparently, the ferry just needed to start running for winter to make a decent appearance! We have plenty of snow now!

  2. Hi,

    I love your Blog! I just recently came across it. Thanks for sharing the Island with all of us. Can't wait to visit again in the Spring. Your kids are so adorable.

    1. Thank you! I love it when people love my blog :) and I've always though my children were sdorable too! I wonder what kind of spring we'll have this year?

  3. Oh my gosh! I love your blog. I am originally from Central MI so your blog name caught my eye on the BloggyMoms directory. Your pics are great (so is the clown facepaint pic above, so cute!!) I look forward to your future posts :)

    1. Another BloggyMom! Hi! I am a CMU grad, so have lived in Central Michigan. I never imagined I'd ever live on Mackinac Island! Thanks for finding my blog- Heading over to yours now!