They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but guess what? This “old dog” taught herself something new last night that promises to make my blog writing so much easier and I am thrilled! I knew from reading other blogs that it was possible to schedule the time and date for launching text for whenever you chose in the future. Well, I figured out it also works for pictures so last night, I scheduled all my pictures to launch in the wee hours of this morning—five minutes apart and it worked! I think I have discovered a way around “acceleration errors” (from Hughes Net) and Blogger’s stubbornness that frustrates me on Sunday morning when I am trying to load my pictures. I know, I know, it is old news to so many of you but for me it is a giant step in my blogging expertise.
My biggest news is our day trip to Mackinac Island. It was a glorious morning, a bit breezy but the sun was out in all its glory and the forecast was for more of the same. As you may already know, no motorized vehicles are allowed on the island (one ambulance and a police car are the exception). Our 30 minute ride on one of the many people ferries was a sensory overload of beautiful sights … the gorgeous rainbow of blue colors that is Lake Michigan; the 5-miles of Mackinac Bridge spanning the Mackinac Straits and the view of Mackinac Island itself as the boat pulls into the dock. Double WOW with cream and sugar on it!
We disembarked then walked the main street from one end to the other, dodging bicycles, horse drawn carriages and wagons (people and horses have the right of way) feeling like we had stepped back in time, then found our tour. Phil had simplified the whole process by buying our ferry and horse drawn tour tickets on line for a total of $86 for two. The tour took about two hours and for me, it was well worth every cent! After our tour, we found an all you can eat pizza and salad buffet for “linner” then took a horse-drawn taxi up the hill to the Grand Hotel. OMG! It is everything it is advertised to be and more. To keep the “lookie loos” to a minimum, they charge you $10 each to tour the hotel, grounds and THE porch. That small amount of money caused everyone in our taxi to turn away but Phil happily paid the fee in order for me to live my dream as I walked inside. We checked out the lobby where they were serving “tea” for $25 per person but there was a live harpist to entertain you while you sipped champagne and ate tiny sandwiches. I was happy we had just eaten so I wasn’t temped.
We had a great day trip to Lansing to check out the capital city. It is a handsome old building set up the hill with a commanding view of the city. It was closed so we could not go inside but we walked the grounds and then found a great place for “linner” thanks to our “Carmen” Garmin GPS then took a few miles of back roads on the way home.
We are off to the races this afternoon here at the fairgrounds. Neither of us has ever been to a horse race so it should be exciting!
Until next time,