What’s a girl to do on the sunniest warmest afternoon when workshop day is done and there is 2 1/2 hours before dinner time yet to fill?
Put on your running shoes and hike around the island!
Take a jacket, those Northern Michigan breezes coming off of the water will still chill you in spite of the sun, but if you get up a good walking pace, you’ll soon find yourself shedding the jacket and tying around your waist as you explore various corners of the island, most within easy walking distance from the hotel.
Head NORTH up the hill from the carriage lane and you’ll find yourself at this crossroads telling you what is where and how far you need to go.
Take a RIGHT and wind your way past pastures, stables, island cottages, a fort or two, and on to the bike path through the trees.
Put the jacket back on, it’s chilly in the shade!
Marvel at the clear water through the hole in Arch Rock!
Can you see the sign that says “Keep Off!”?
Not a problem! I’m not that adventurous!
The shore beyond the arch.
There is something magical about this place. And being here at this moment in time by myself. Just me and my thoughts. Nature, beauty, timelessness. One with all of the souls who had ever stood on this spot over the centuries and marveled at the majesty outstretched before them. All at once you can feel that you’ve arrived at a significant point on the timeline of your life, and you also realize what a small dot in the whole history of this place that you are, one of countless that have stood here.
Everything we do in life creates ripples, like waves upon these shores. There was no one else about. Just the sound of the breeze in the trees and me and my thoughts. What a great way to gain perspective!
I followed the road along the shore, circling the island.
I found the perfect quilt retreat dream house!
Check out the cliff above!
Yeah, right – dream on, Bonnie!
Closer to town there were fields of daffodils to welcome me back.
Lady Liberty watching over the harbor!
I also love taking photos of old buildings and other street scenes. Too many to post in one long blog post, so they are in the slide show below. Notice the trees are now just getting their buds. Enjoy!
These are the last of my Mackinac Island photos, until I go back to teach again at the 2019 Grand Hotel Needle Art Seminar. I hope you will join me – put it on your calendars!
So here I am in Joliet, Illinois! I flew yesterday into Chicago Midway, my first time to this airport.
Luggage to the curb, a tough balancing act!
Even though everything is on wheels, there are not enough arms for 4 wheeling bags, so you still need a luggage cart. Still, that $5.00 rental fee is cheaper than a chiropractor, even if it only gets you from baggage claim to the pick up lane outside. It’s worth it.
And that brings me up to now. After a nap, dinner out with the guild girls and a good night’s sleep I’m up and ready for a Tulip Fields workshop from my book String Fling with the Pride of the Prairie Quilters.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage quilt found in North Carolina.
Sometimes it's hard to not take on the chaos of others. Do what you can to preserve your own peace. Protect your own happiness! If you are feeling happy and content right here and right now, recognize that feeling and keep it with you all day long. Beware of things that steal your joy.
Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!