Shannon here: Women’s fiction author, Karla Akins shares her 25th anniversary trip with her husband plus a chance to win an e-book copy of her latest release, The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots. Comment on any post dated August 28 – 30 to get your name in the drawing. Deadline: September 7th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Karla:
When my husband and I reached our 25th Wedding Anniversary year six years ago, we took a romantic trip on our motorcycles to Mackinac Island and stopped in Frankenmuth on the way. At Frankenmuth we stopped at Bronner’s, a gigantic Christmas store. The reason we stopped was to pick out ornaments for our vow renewal ceremony. We were married December 3, and I wanted to decorate a winter wonderland for our “wedding.” (You can read about it here: http://eddiekarla.blogspot.com/ .) We picked out ornaments to commemorate our wedding day including a set of doves, musical instruments (because we’re musicians), wedding bells for our canopies (going into the sanctuary and on the platform) and a set of motorcycle ornaments.
From there we traveled to Mackinaw City at the base of the Mackinac Bridge on the shores of the Straits of Mackinac, where the Great Lakes Huron and Michigan meet. We drove across the Mighty Mac, a five-mile long suspension bridge that connects Michigan to its Upper Peninsula. We only rode over it to say we did. Not everyone can say they drove their motorcycle over such a mammoth bridge over a massive body of water! The bridge is constructed of grates for the road, so you can see down to the water while you’re on it. But I loved riding over it and was grinning the entire time.
Here’s a video I took of us crossing it a few years later in our car with our kids: http://youtu.be/DmZPjzgVNm0On the other side we learned it was the bridge’s birthday! It was 25 years older than our wedding day! Signs of its birthday were everywhere and I bought a motorcycle patch for a memorial of our special adventure:
We rode back over the bridge to Mackinaw City and checked into our hotel on the shore of Lake Huron.
It was so romantic to be there together. Alone. Experiencing a thrilling adventure together. It really bonded us.
We spent the evening dining at a local seafood restaurant and came back to the hotel and fed the seagulls from our balcony. It was so nice just to be together without any interferences. Just writing about this makes me realize we need to go on another trip ALONE again soon! (The view from our room)
The next day, we took a ferry to Mackinac Island where we toured the car-free island on a horse-driven bus. I love Mackinac Island. Somewhere in Time is one of my favorite movies. I visited the island many times but have never stayed at the Grand Hotel. Doing so is on my bucket list!
We ate dinner where Hemmingway once dined because I’m a writer and was hoping some of his DNA was still in there and would rub off. His review of the place is written on the window: “‘A clean, well-lighted place’ Ernest Hemmingway.’”
The food wasn’t all that great but it was romantic because we were together. Alone. And it was raining and I love kissing in the rain. We made memories that will last forever.
I highly recommend a romantic trip there. To save pennies one can stay in Mackinaw City rather than on the island and still experience the island fully. But I recommend venturing out into the less touristy areas, taking all the tours and visiting the historical places.
(Fort Mackinac in background – captured in War of 1812) (Main Street)
We spent time holding hands and stealing kisses on the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
The rain was warm and we didn’t mind. We were celebrating our love with a trip we would remember forever. A trip we still talk about and want to make again.
About Karla: Karla Akins is a pastor’s wife, mother of five, and grandma to five beautiful little girls. She lives in Northeast Indiana with her husband, twin teenage boys with autism, mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s and three rambunctious dogs. When she’s not writing she’s dreaming of riding her motorcycle through the mountains or finding treasure.
About the book – The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots: Pastor’s wife, Kirstie Donovan, lives life in a fishbowl, so when she hops on the back of a bright pink motorcycle, tongues start to wag at the conservative, century-old First Independent Christian Community Church of Eels Falls. Kirstie loves roaring down a road less traveled by most women over forty, but she’s not just riding her bike for the fun of it. Kirstie has a ministry.
However, certain church members have secrets to hide, and when God uses Kirstie’s ministry to fill the pews with leather-clad, tattooed bikers, those secrets could be exposed…and some will stop at nothing to hide the truth. Join Kirstie and her motorcycle “gang” – two church matrons and a mouthy, gum-smacking non-church member – as they discover that road-toughened bikers are quite capable of ministering to others, and faith is fortified in the most unexpected ways.
Come back August 28th for Karla’s romantic real life interview!
Bonnie Traher says
Oh my gosh would love to win. I have been a preacher’s kid(PK) for most of my life. My dad is a retired UM pastor and my sister is also now a UM pastor.
Karla Akins says
Bonnie, thanks for stopping by! Preacher’s kids have a challenging upbringing, don’t they? My kids think so. Hope you win a copy!
Tom Threadgill says
Don’t know if I could handle that bridge. Me + heights = massive trepidation. Very cool place to go though. I’ve never been but our in-laws went up there several years ago and loved it! My wife and I had our 32nd anniversary this year. I let her upsize her Big Mac combo that day.
Cheryl Linn Martin says
Nice trip, Karla! We just went to the Oregon coast for our honeymoon, but around our 25th anniversary we took a cruise with all three kids–it was so much fun!! Aloha! –Cheryl
Janet Grunst says
What a lovely anniversary celebration, Karla. I’m sure you had some of their famous fudge. Mackinac Island is an enchanting place, and Tom, the bridge isn’t all that bad in a car.
Linda Glaz says
Rich and I took a trip there “off season” after we’d been married
about 5 years. We went in Civil War costume and since we were
two of a handful of people, we were treated like royalty. What a great
adventure; you’re so right, Karla!
Shelba Nivens says
Karla, I am not a PK or a pastor’s wife, but I am a Preacher’s Mama. The book sounds like such a fun book, and I would love to win one. I never had the nerve to ride — even with my husband on his cousin’s bike, but I did dream about it in a story where I was a teenage boy in a story I wrote for a youth magazine years ago. That was such fun just to write the story.
Karla Akins says
Tom, you’re such a romantic guy. I’m sure your wife appreciated the gesture.It was our 32nd this year, too! And FINALLY, I have done something you have NOT (the bridge). I was wondering if EVER! LOL.
Cheryl, I’ve always wanted to do a cruise! Maybe someday. I want to do a Mediterranean or Alaskan one. How’s that for polar opposites? Literally?
Janet, the fudge there is mandatory.
Linda, when is it off season? Civil war costumes? I’m there!
Shelba! I was very scared to learn to ride. It definitely took me out of my comfort zone and still does. But I’m glad I learned how and I love a good ride now! Thanks for stopping by and reading!
Thanks for the comments, everyone!
Diana Montgomery says
I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.
Janet Estridge says
Even though my Pastor’s wife does not wear biker boots I know that she would love to read this book.
Thanks for the giveaway!
Shannon Taylor Vannatter says
This pastor’s wife doesn’t wear biker boots either, but I love the title. Sounds like a fun book.
Lisa wilson says
I would love to visit here. Its so beautiful.