Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Trip to the Woods

Hello again. It has been almost a year since my last post. Why? Don't know, but I'm back, at least for now.

As usual when I travel, my trip was on the back roads.

My first stop was at a quilt/yarn shop in Newaygo. I bought a pattern.

Then I proceeded north through the Manistee National Forest. I came upon an historic site sign. I just have to stop at those. Click on the picture to read.

Unfortunately, the Historic and Cultural Center is only open on Saturday. The area is a mix of houses from big grand lake homes, average sized homes to small summer cabins. There was a clubhouse for Detroit folks to get together. I'm betting there was one for Chicago too. The area is large and I didn't see it all.

The lake is gorgeous.

As I was standing on the path, a boy of about 11 or 12 flew by on a bike. He came to an abrupt stop, turned and asked if I'd seen any bears. I told him no and asked if he had. "Yesterday, he was running across the highway. He was a teenager." He was so excited and I'm sure was, maybe still is, telling the story to everyone he met. I would have been excited too - as long as the bear was running away from me, not towards me.

Then I was off for a stop in Baldwin. I found fabric for the pattern I'd bought in Newaygo.

Then I was on to Reed City where I found a quilt store I didn't know about. And I had lunch.

Oh deer! I did manage a vegan meal with a very tasty red sauce.

Then I spent three days at Morning Star.

My cabin:


The road in:

The view from my window:

No electricity, no Internet, no phone, no clock. Total silence. My only companion for conversation was this sage old tree.

I read, I walked, I knitted, I sat and did nothing. The time was restful, peaceful and renewing.

After three days, it was back to civilization and the noise. One more stop at a fabric store just south of Reed City.

I meandered home by a different route and found this wonderful sight when I arrived home.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Beautiful West Michigan Fall

For a bigger view, click on the picture.

Silver Lake a couple weeks ago.

Holland 10 days ago.

Yesterday - Hemlock Crossing and Rosy Mound.

I love West Michigan and Fall.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Around Town During Art Walk

The weather has been spectacular this week. And, there is art all over town. What's not to like?

Not just Jack on Bench - Jack on Michigan Bench. Sugar is like "We're walking, not sitting, lets go."

The 14 to 17 age group artwork is on display at the library. We have some excellent young talent in the area.

Bikes lining up for the bike parade on Saturday.

Bikes at Waterfront Stadium for judging.

It's a cookie. It's a bike.

A sampling of the art on display...

Kid's paintings hanging up to dry.

There is art all over town. Get out and see it. And as always, the waterfront is beautiful and well protected.

Art Walk Info