Friday, September 7, 2007

Michigan - A Final Reverie

Aunt Ford's LOVELY cottage in Leland...I LOVE Leland. If ever I were to move north, to Leland I would point my sails. A tiny town situated on a peninsula between two lakes - Lake Michigan to the west and Lake Leelanau to the east. Summers are warm and sunny, but temperate and non-humid. The best part of Leland is Peegie's Aunt Ford. She is just awesome...that's the only way to say it!

Everywhere we looked along the M22 Corridor there were wildflowers. I thought these were lilacs...they certainly smelled sweetly similar to lilacs; but I think they are just a variety of pretty wildflower.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The park is so named because the dunes resemble a sleeping Mama Bear and Baby Bear. I couldn't "see" the bears (I also can't "see" the Man in the Moon...) but, even so, the park took my breath away. We are standing on a dune that is 450' above the shoreline. There is a path to the beach below, but I was terribly afraid I wouldn't be able to make the strenuously steep climb. I love this picture for two reasons: 1. it illustrates the steepness of the dune in comparison to the lake and horizon; and 2. I appear as tall as Peegie.

Don't FALL! If you look closely, you can see people climbing the dune from the beach. Oy!

Space Monkeys. That's all I have to say about that.

A way of life: Life, Liberty, Beaches & Pie. This is a picture of the famous Cherry Republic where everything is all about cherries. Remember that scene in Forrest Gump where Bubba describes to Forrest all of the different preparations of shrimp? Imagine a similar scene with cherries as the star ingredient, and Bubba is on crack. THAT'S what you find at Cherry Republic. You also find Cherry Butter (yum!) and Cherry Snickerdoodles (double yum!). We left $170 with the gracious and helpful ambassadors and they kindly shipped lots of cherry goodies home to us.

Sunset over Lake Michigan. A perfect ending to another perfect adventure.

1 comment:

Keysgal@QuietWater said...

I have very much enjoyed your story about your cycle trip. The pictures and your comments have convinced me that I need to make a trip north one of these days. Thanks for sharing your adventure. Love you.