Sunday, February 22, 2009

Moving: Mackinac Style

A few weeks ago my friend, Wendy, moved into a new apartment. On Mackinac Island moving everything you own means you have to order a dray. A dray is a sort of like a horse-drawn pick -up truck bed, only considerably larger. Both sides fold of the dray down and the back is removable. The City Council does issue vehicle permits for jobs requiring a motorized vehicle, but if the job can be done by horse power they understandably will not issue a permit. For a move like this, hiring the dray costs about $65.00.

The Service Company dropped off the dray the night before so we could start loading early.

It took two full loads to move everything the two blocks to Wendy's new place. We could have moved everything behind our snowmobiles instead, but it would have taken much longer.

Some of the roads and paths on the island are quite narrow since they were designed for bikes and snowmobiles rather than cars. This narrow path caused the one issue we had during the move; a leaning tree pulled a shelf and an antique drop-leaf table off the side of the dray. The shelf hit a tree and met an untimely death, but luckily the table landed in the soft snow and lived to serve another meal. Wendy has everything in her new place, now she just needs to unpack...

11 comments:

Betts said...

What an effort! It's all a little bit "Little House on the Prairie".

Sam said...

More interesting than a moving van! I'd probably need a couple of them to move all my junk :-o

The WoodLand School said...

Wow! This would make me think twice about moving ; )

Thanks for sharing!

Valerie said...

Just amazing :)

Mum-me said...

Should've had a "Danger: Wide Load" sign on the front of the horses, but then I think the tress probably can't read. (or wouldn't care, even if they could?)

Indy Mom said...

I LOVE your blog!

Manoute said...

It sounds great! What an adventure just for moving home :o)

Simply Stork said...

I want to live where you do...how cool is that?

~simply~

Pamela said...

this is so fasinating! i want to come, visit and help someone move.

pam said...

You have been doing a fantastic job with your photography this winter - all your island adventures and sharing life as it is on the island in winter. I have really enjoyed your posts so much. Thank you for all the time and effort to share with all of us on the "mainland"!

kate said...

OK .... I can't even wrap my head around that. Your little island is a place unto itself and of itself, for sure!