May 5, 2014 - The snow had its spring melt only a few days prior to my arrival on the island.
On my bucket list was a visit to The Grand Hotel where the movie "Somewhere in Time" was filmed. My sister and I had a wonderful buffet at the hotel and we decided to walk the grounds instead of the paved road back to town. The area was still had its winter look, reddish dirt, small pebbles and very little green except for the native trees.
As we make our way down the hill, we paused for a moment to look out to sea when we chance to look down and spied what looked like a coin next to a rock. I bend down for a closer look and discovered it was indeed a coin - a penny. I rubbed off the dirt in order to see the date.
You guessed it 1978 - the year Patrick died. That would make that coin 36 years old.
There was also a penny found in the movie - 1979
Below is the a blurb from the movie about the coin.
Richard looking at hotel history room exhibit
This fantasy film stars Christopher Reeve as Richard Collier, a modern-day (1979 playwright and
Jane Seymour as Elise McKenna, a young stage actress in 1912.
Richard visits the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan to get away from his uneventful life.
He wanders through the hotels "history room" containing exhibits from the past.
He sees the picture of a beautiful woman on the wall and asks who she is.
She is Elise McKenna, a stage actress who appeared in a play at the hotel in 1912.
Richard immediately falls in love, and decides to "will" himself back in time to 1912.
A college professor advises him to remove all connections with the present and
immerse himself in things of the past.
Richard buys a 1912-style suit and some 1912 money from a coin shop.
He divests himself of modern items, including money.
He does go back to 1912, meets Elise, who has been apparently waiting for him.
They begin a romance, but her manager gets jealous and tries to break it up.
After they meet again, he pulls something out of his pocket, a 1979 US penny,
which sends him back to the present.
Sometime later, they meet again in the next world.