Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring is Here


Today was the day - the First Day of Boats 2011! That means it is officially spring on Mackinac Island. As usual for this time of the year, it was an icy trip across the Straits.


Lots of people went outside to watch the boat break through the thick ice in the St. Ignace harbor. Some of the ice was still more than a foot thick.


After seeing the boat out yesterday afternoon working on breaking a path through the ice, we had an inkling that they might start today.


It was a perfect day to come home from spring break: beautiful sunshine, calm waters and a running ferry. Not even the mile and a half walk home could dampen my spirits. The kids, use to riding snowmobiles all winter, have been balking at all the walking lately. Today all it took was a reminder that once the dray delivered our groceries to the house, the Doritos would be there and they could have a special snack. (I only buy Doritos about three times a year, so they are a really special snack in our house.) Surprisingly, there were no more complaints...

6 comments:

kate said...

Wow. That ice is amazing!

When my son was younger and would get really grumpy on a bog hike, the mention of a DQ Blizzard was usually enough to perk the legs up. Likewise, only something we get about twice a year!

Allie said...

PLEASE send spring down here, lol...the Lake looks so pretty and I can't wait to get there again!

Monique said...

What a great marker for the beginning of spring. Amazing photos.

Diane said...

Hooray for Spring and Doritos! I celebrate any excuse to eat Doritos :-) I'm so glad Spring has come and the ferries are back up and running.
Happy Thursday!!

Deanna said...

Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL pics Liz! I can feel the excitement (17 hrs away) that Spring is in the air! Hope we get there sometime this summer.....

dutchgirl (Ellen) said...

Ah Doritos, the ultimate motivator! I'm glad spring has arrived up by you :)