Saturday, May 28, 2016

10 Year Proposal Anniversary on Mackinac Island

So we got up and we looked at the forecast. It was threatening rain all weekend, all day long. I was very bummed trying to figure out what we'd do as everything you had to walk to and most events were outside! The morning are typically cold, so we dressed in long sleeves. 

We headed off to breakfast which was so good and so filling. While there Ashton picked up some stirring sticks to use as vampire teeth. She's been on a 'Hotel Transylvania 2' kick.


The day was cloudy. We feared rain. So we decided to start with shopping on the main drag as if it began to pour we could get under cover fast. From the B&B to the main strip, there is this park on a hill to the right. Ashton loved jumping up on the ledge and walking it. She never missed an opportunity to do so. And if anyone was sitting on it she'd walk around them. I swear this may be one of the highlights on the trip for her.


We just took our time looking about, stopping at any photo opportunity. We even got some of the famous fudge, however if you can believe it, Ashton hated it! She prefers Hershey bars!



After we lapped down and back it was lunch time and Ashton asked to go to the Pink Pony. It seemed reasonable enough so we said sure. It was a HUGE hit with us all.


Uncharacteristically, Ashton picked mac and cheese. She NEVER eats mac and cheese. It's usually chicken strips or cheeseburgers or soup. But we let her order it.


When our food was delivered, my hubby was impressed with the cockeyed bowl.


Ashton with her meal, and she ate it all. I loved my sandwich, soup, and homemade chips! We also had great friendly service! Can't beat that!


After lunch we saw the pub had it's own store. I bought Ashton a Pink Pony cup and tiny plush pink pony that had "Pink Pony Mackinac" embroidered on it. I bought a very soft t-shirt.

Then we went back to the B&B to change to lighter clothing as the sun came out. Ashton got hot. I put on my new t-shirt but kept a jacket for the possible impending rain.

We then went on a carriage ride much to Ashton's delight. However, she quickly found it boring. Just sitting there learning the history of the island. She ended up not liking it at all.

One of the stops was by the butterfly conservatory. The island has 2. This one is by the Grand Hotel and the one we visited all those years ago before I was proposed to. It was neat coming back. Ashton "worked" hard to have a butterfly land on her.





She was so thrilled. She spent a long time in the conservatory. She loved every minute of it even the times without a butterfly perched on her hand.




Back on the carriage ride, Ashton started to get really moody. We looked at the time and noticed she was missing her nap. But it was too late now. And we had a pressing appointment coming.

The next stop was Arch Rock. Ashton was getting really moody then and didn't want to stay put. So we were unable to get family photos but able to get her to squeak a smile out for one.



After that the ride stopped by a mission. We jumped off with Ashton getting loud. We let the carriage ride continue on and we raced back to our B&B. I wish it was for a nap, however it was to change for our family photos that I scheduled. I wanted some taken where we got engaged.

So all of us dressed up we rushed back to the fountain where the proposal had taken place.







It doesn't look like it but there were many people there around the fountain, especially kids. We did our best to have Ashton sit for pictures, but she wanted to run. She barely sat still. There was no way we'd get her and I or her and her dad in a shot together.


The photographer met us and our photo session began. We started in the gardens, through the woods, and down by the shore. When I get the images back I'll post them. Ashton was very wired and wanted to run for the most part. She didn't want to remain still. But I know there are some good shots of us together.


After the shoot we changed back in our clothes and went out to eat. The dinner was a bit of a disappointment, over charged and not that good. But we were all together and enjoying being outside and on vacation and not having a drop of rain that day!


Ashton got to run down the hill of the park. She was chasing seagulls! Wish I got video of this, but sometimes you're in the moment you forget. Luckily, my dear husband got a shot of it!
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