It's always with mixed emotions that I greet Labor Day weekend. It's a signal that summer is coming to an end, but since I'm a big fan of fall, I also look forward to the cooler temperatures, changing colors of autumn leaves and Mackinac Island.
I've spent more time on Mackinac in September than any other month of the year. Often it's been on Labor Day weekend for the annual Bridge Walk, but sometimes it's later in the month when crowds have thinned and the island takes on a different personality - one I can imagine enjoying year 'round. But alas, September comes and goes and before you know it, horses are leaving and hotels are closing. And then November arrives and the hardy souls hunker down for winter on the island.
But for now, there's plenty of September left, so tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 9th) my family and I will be catching a flight to Pellston for a long weekend on the island. This Saturday is the 39th Annual Mackinac Island Eight Mile Run & Walk
so we'll be walking (and maybe jogging) around the beautiful shoreline of the island.
Even after all these years, I still seem to discover something new on each visit. That's some of the charm of the island - to get away from downtown and explore the interior, the bluffs and the shoreline to see the sights that many miss.
So as I prepare to depart, you'll pardon me if I start to slow down and get ready for 'island time.'