Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Just Another Day

It's got to be pretty awful for us to stay inside for recess. Mackinac Island kids come to school dressed to be outside in the weather. 

My students' favorite thing about winter recess? Playing on the snow hill of course; they love it!

Sunday, February 20, 2022


Due to this weekend's high winds, open water is now only 150 feet or so from the tree-lined trail on the ice bridge. That means no more ice travel this season. I've actually not crossed at all this year. It's not that I'm opposed to crossing the ice; I just haven't needed to go. And given the inherent risk associated with going out on the ice, if I don't have a good reason to go, I don't.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

No Complaints

I have a friend who lives in Texas and he was complaining the price of gas that had gone up to $3.05 a gallon. So, of course, I had to share this with him. This was from filling my snowmobile today, and I'm not complaining. I will happily pay $6.00 a gallon rather than walk to work when it's below zero.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Winter Takeout

No one at my house felt like cooking tonight, so we placed a takeout order at the Mustang. (One of the two restaurants open this winter.) The burgers were delicious and the dishes were a snp!

Thursday, February 10, 2022


Today was a busy one at Doud's Market - Mackinac Island's grocery store. Three shoppers at once? (Four of you include me as I hadn't taken off my helmet yet.) Sometimes when I'm there at this time of year, I'm the only one shopping, but not today. 

Friday, February 4, 2022


We probably had 15 or so tourists on snowmobiles drive past the school this afternoon. (After having driven across the ice bridge.) Lots of them stopped to admire this gorgeous view. One of my students, who recently moved to Mackinac from Hawaii, asked how I could tell the people were tourists. I explained: a sure fire way to tell if someone is a tourist is to look to see if their coat or helmet match their snowmobile. If they match they're a tourist; if they're wearing Carhartt or things are mismatched they're probably a local. Oh, and if they're riding with kids, they're a local for sure!