Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Slow Boat


It is that time of year on Mackinac again - time for the slow boat. Mind you, I'm not complaining. Despite the fact that the slow boat take 45 minutes to get to the island (compared to the 20 minute ride we've enjoyed all summer), it's still a boat and a connection to the mainland that I appreciate. I can't imagine what it would be like living on an island without a ferry boat. I mean how would I get my Christmas tree? OK, we use an artificial tree (my husband's idea) but everything we use, wear, eat, play with etc. has to make the five mile trip across the straits to the island.


That's my friend Stephanie, she just moved to the island a few months ago and is still learning "the ropes" of island life. Today's lesson: buying your Christmas tree. The island school sells them as a fundraiser, so all you have to do is get the tree from town to your house (perhaps a mile or two.) If you bought the tree on the mainland you would have to: buy the tree, pack it into the car, unpack it from the car, load it onto a cart to go onto the boat, unload it from the cart once it's on the island, and then load it into your bike cart to haul home. Phew - just thinking about it makes me tired. You might think the trees are considerably more expensive on the island, but they really aren't. Lots of things are more expensive here since the shop owner has the extra expense of the boat line and the dray line. Milk, for instance, is $2.39 at Wal-mart and $4.99 at the island store. But, when you factor in the cost of the boat, and the driving time to get to the store, $4.99 isn't really so bad.

Stephanie's next lesson: using the dray line...

7 comments:

Marcia said...

All the things we take for granted as easy to get. But, what a beautiful place to live.

Valerie said...

I just had a mental imagine of getting a Christmas tree home on a bicycle pop into my head... and frankly it's adorable :) Not that I want to try...

stitching under oaks said...

I think you're smart to have an artificial tree! Sounds like a big commitment to buying a live one on the island.

jacttd said...

Please keep the island living lessons coming! For a long time, I've dreamed of living on an island so through your blog, I'm learning to think about more than the solitude and beauty.

Amy Jo said...

Living in this beautiful state of ours, and familiar with the island, I must say.... some of my favorite posts are of "island life". It is so fascinating to me... I thoroughly enjoy these!!

Tim said...

5 bucks for milk? Cheaper to get a cow. Milk is $1.75 in the Detroit suburbs. How many people live there year round?

Allie said...

The hardest part for me would be getting around on the island...I like to walk but find it difficult, and at my age I fall off bikes. But oh what a beautiful place to live!!!
Love the pic with all the trees.