I’m Going to the Island!

Jul/16/2011 11 Malia Lane
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan

OK, I’ve decided I can’t wait a day longer so I’m going to the island!  I’ve shown remarkable restraint for being officially the world’s most impatient person, but I wanted to finish all the pages I was doing on Hoeft before becoming totally immersed in Straits State Park and everything I want to explore in this area. But I finished Hoeft’s history page last night and as much as I really loved that park, I’m ready to “Be Here Now.”

I was going to go to Mackinac City today to look for the DVD of Somewhere in Time.  I looked all around St. Ignace with no luck, and I was told I could for sure get it in Mackinaw City, and probably cheaper than on the island.  I looked online and could get it for $5.00 from Amazon.  But I’m not willing to wait that long because I’m determined to see the movie again before seeing the hotel – it’s just one of those weird things I just want because I feel like it would be significant, even though I can’t rationally explain it.

So I’m taking Shepler’s Ferry over to the island today… but I’m still going to wait till next week for my tour of the Grand Hotel.

I am unbelievably excited because I’ve been invited to their famous Grand Luncheon Buffet and I’m also going to get a visit and tour from the historian of the hotel! A real testimony for “Ask and ye shall receive” but I swear, I’m still trying to digest this because I still can’t quite believe how long I’ve dreamed of seeing that hotel and Mackinac Island.  So I thought I’d start with baby steps and just take a day trip only to bike around the island for now – my heart can only take so much at one time – LOL!

So I’m going to buy the 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of the movie at one of the shops on the island.  I’m going to come home tonight and watch it and cry like I have every other single time I’ve watched it – both with sadness for their parting and joy when they’re reunited – such a classic!

I’m also going to look for the music box I’ve coveted for so long.  I’ve already looked on the hotel’s website and their version is $500, and no way I can justify that kind of expense.  I’m hoping there will be a less “original” and more affordable copy somewhere else…

So off I go!