Island Snowfall 2012

What an awesome snowstorm… and hoping that there’s plenty more coming our way!

This weekend, Mackinac Island and many other parts of Michigan (and I suppose other parts of the midwest) got quite a bit of snowfall. Me, being cooped up in my new apartment without internet, reading books and watching The Walking Dead on DVD, I realized that I hadn’t been paying attention to the weather reports lately. So it came as a surprise on Sunday evening after wandering around town all day, biking on the bare roads, to look out my window after a couple of hours and see my bike buried in the winter whites. I fell asleep, hoping that it would still be there in the morning….

… and it was. I hopped on my snowmobile and made my way to work. I also decided to stop by the post office on my way back home, prompting me to take Fort Hill instead of Grand Hill… driving up Fort Hill was something I hadn’t done before. Boy, was that a climb! Just when you think a hill was steep, try snowmobiling up it and not feeling like you’re going to start rolling down the hill, snowmobile and all.

Once home, I passed the time with work and DVDs and cooking, and then I got a little stir crazy. Yes, snowmobiling is nice, but what about the times when I just want to (gasp) walk? I threw my outdoor gear back on and walked back out to the road. This was the first time that I had a chance to take pictures of everyone’s Christmas lights with the snow around, so I made a plan ~ walk downtown, and take pictures from the bottom of the hill and all the way back up.

Walking down Grand Hill
Walking down Grand Hill

I get to the bottom, take out my iPhone and… my battery dies. Great. Fortunately, I did have an iPad on me (yes, I’m an apple fan), so instead of taking photos, I just turned on Spotify and walked home listening to Christmas tunes. I continued to walk back up Grand Hill until I got up about 3/4 of the way, and was stopped by a friendly snowmobilier who offered me a ride.

“Where are you going?”

“7th St.”

“Oh… well, I’m going to 4th St., but that’s no problem! Easy peasy!”

I figured since I had gotten the majority of my walk in for the day, then why not? I mean, how can you turn down easy-peasy!? So I hopped on. And let me tell you something… nothing seemed more seasoned and cool than riding home on the back of a snowmobile while listening to Diana Krall singing “The Christmas Song.”

Before my phone died, however, I did manage to take a couple of photos of Chambers Riding Stables, and their awesome lights display that they put up every year:

Santa, Frosty, and a holiday horse!
Santa, Frosty, and a holiday horse!
A closer look at the holiday horse
A closer look at the holiday horse
A view from inside at all of the lighted display
A view from inside at all of the lighted display
The vet also gets in on all the lights action
The vet also gets in on all the lights action