Saturday, January 16, 2016

And you think its cold in your neck of the woods…

Evie Bloomfield here from frozen Mackinac Island. Hey this place is amazing in summer but at -30 it’s like living in an ice cube. Ok, it’s pretty…if your eyes don’t freeze while you’re looking at all that pretty.

The ice is making, you can actually hear it. What this means is Lake Michigan is freezing. Yep, freezing solid. You can hear it moan and creek as the ice builds up. 

In a few weeks it will be solid, at least that’s the plan. We have some brave souls around here who take their snowmobiles out onto the frozen lake...brave or stupid, the jury’s still out on that one...and spud the ice.

This means they dig down and see how think the ice is and determine if it can support the snowmobiles. And if they think YES then these guys mark the safe path with the Christmas trees we’ve saved. They outline the path all the way from our island to St. Ignace over on the mainland.

Day and night we all climb on our snowmobiles. We bring our rosaries and statues of St. Christopher the patron of safe travels and take out across the water/ice, hoping for a lot more ice than water!

It’s really exciting...and hair-raising and terrifying.
So the next time you climb into your car and head for the highway think of us up on Mackinac heading out to drive on the lake. And if you have a spare candle and a few prayers handy I’d appreciate all the help I can get to get my sorry behind back to the island in one piece.



Hope to see you at the Lilac Festival in June. The flowers are incredible but word has it there might be a dead body or two up at the Grand Hotel just to keep things interesting.  


15 comments:

  1. I can't wait!! Living in MN I feel your pain about the cold. Wind chill is -35 here this weekend!

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    1. Holy freaking cow!!!!!!! LIsa that is cold!!!!!! But you do live in a truly lovely area…except now. LOL

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  2. Lake Erie is strangely warm for this time of year. Someone was actually out in a boat... Heading for trouble?

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    1. My brother lives in Cleveland on the lake and he said the same thing. Last year was horrid cold. I think he had -30. Dang!

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  3. Living along Lake Erie in Ohio can provide so many changes for weather within a short period of time. As we say wait 5 minutes and the weather may change. I love Duffy Brown's series.

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    1. Hi, Robin. Same here in Cincy. We never know what’s going on but we sure get a lot of gray in winter. UGH

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  4. I'm getting the first book this weekend and can't wait to read this when it comes out.

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    1. Hi, Kristin. Thank You!!!!!!! I truly appreciate this. Have fun with Evie, Nate, Irish Donna, Irma and Rudy up there on Mackinac Island. Hugs.

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  5. Hi Evie! After reading your blog post I feel guilty for complaining that our winter is too mild here! I'd love to visit you on Mackinac, but maybe in warmer weather!!! Hopefully I'll see you in June for the Lilac Festival (or maybe in April when your book is released - lol!). Nicole :-)

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  6. I really liked Geared For The Grave! I am really looking forward to this second one in the series. My husband used to ice fish all of the time in northern Wisconsin. When it was early ice we would joke about making the biggest guy go out on the ice with an inner tube to check the thickness. Nobody ever fell through and had to use the tube, thankfully...

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  7. it looks amazing. i cant wait to read this one!1 loved the first!!

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  8. Drive as fast as you can and don't look back. What cracks me up is when there is good ice some enterprising souls set up a temporary tavern about half way to St. Ignace so snowmobilers can stop just to take the chill off.

    It is surreal out on the ice. Lighting, accoustics, the sounds of the ice, everything is a little bit differrent. I never feel as humble and close to nature as when I'm on the ice.

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  9. Loved Geared, and I geared up my Kindle to get Braking as soon as it's published. :-D LOVE Mackinac Island, I'm a yearly visitor if I can make it 'up north'...

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  10. OOPS! did I spell breaking for BRAKING?? ayiyiyi! LOL need a poofreader. ;-D

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  11. Grew up in Michigan and one of my favorite childhood memories was a trip to Mackinaw. Look forward to reading the next installment of this series.

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