08/02/2015 Betsy

MINI ON THE MACK AUGUST 1, 2015 MINI – only car that comes standard with friends!   Back up to St Igance to join MINI motorists from all over the country trying to  break the Guinness World Record of the worlds longest parade of British-made Minis at MINI ON THE MACK 2015.  LINING UP AT THE CAR WASH We came up 131 cars short, set in London in 2009 but it was a blast.   The current record is 1,450 MINIs set by the London & Surrey MINI Owners Club on May 17, 2009.   We gathered in Mackinaw…

07/30/2015 Betsy

REASON WE’RE HERE A NIGHT WITH FRIENDS   We came over to this side of Michigan to visit our friends who live half year in Suttons Bay and half year in Florida. We started our evening at the pool, drinking our wine, chilling in the hot tub and just enjoying this beautiful Michigan weather. Aren’t we a happy looking crew! Back at the condo on the balcony overlooking Suttons Bay, Ron prepared a wonderful steak and chicken dinner.  It was a feast! So ends our stay in the Traverse City area.  We look forward to catching up with this crew,…

07/30/2015 Betsy

DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY   The weather is starting to cool off a little so, as our last day here, we decided to go downtown and walk around Traverse City.  This is a really interesting town and the Film Festival is about to begin.   We had no idea this festival was going on when we made our plans to be here to visit friends.  Unfortunately we were not able to extend our stay to take advantage of this wonderful festival. STATE STREET THEATER The festival was founded by Michael Moore who lives here and runs the festival. …

07/30/2015 Betsy

  SUTTONS BAY   Another favorite spot is Suttons Bay.  It is a pretty town mid-way up the Leelanau Peninsula.  The main street is lined with interesting shops from the ubiquitous fudge shops to an upscale kitchen store I love, a spice shop, fun science store and the most interesting garden center I’ve ever been in.  This time all I took was pictures!           After we picked up some lunch, we headed over to the Northern Latitudes Distillery to sample their spirits.    One of their most popular is a horseradish vodka which would only go well…

07/30/2015 Betsy

  FISHTOWN LELAND, MI One of our favorite towns is Leland north of Suttons Bay on Lake Michigan.  We took the beautiful M22 drive along Lake Michigan to Leland. FISHTOWN Leland is the home of Fishtown, a historic fishing site on the Leelanlau Peninsula.  It is a collection of weathered fishing shanties, smokehouses and overhanging docks preserved for hundreds of years. Many of the shanties are now homes to small gift and craft shops and the fishing pier runs from the falls to Lake Michigan. We had a drink at The Cove, home of the Chubby…

07/30/2015 Betsy

JULY 26, 2015 TRAVERSE CITY, MI   Our next stop is Traverse City, MI to use as our base for visiting the area and visiting friends.  The drive down from St Ignace was lovely going through Petoskey and Charlevoix before coming into Traverse City.  The Traverse City State Park is located at the north end of the city and the traffic was heavy.  This is the height of the season for Michigan and everyone is heading in this direction, especially since Traverse City Film Festival starts this week. DON’S DRIVE-IN BURGERS & SHAKES ….. AMERICAN GRAFFITI …

07/25/2015 Betsy

LONGFELLOW’S THE SONG OF HIAWTHA “by the rushing Tahquamenaw” TAHQUAMENON FALLS STATE PARK The same summer we were offered hosting positions at Tawas, we were also offered a hosting position at Tahquamenon Falls.  They would have made them consecutive so that we could move from one to the other, but we had accepted positions in Vermont.  Sooooo, along with Tawas, we wanted to see what we missed with Tahquamenon Falls.  We took a 70 mile drive up to Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Tahquamenon Falls State Park is located near Whitefish Point on Lake Superior and is a popular destination in…

07/24/2015 Betsy

MACKINAC AND UP July 22, 2015   Our next stop on the little Michigan tour is St Ignace home of Straits State Park situated under the Mackinac Bridge on the Upper Penninsula. Crossing the Mackinac Bridge was crowded and, as they were doing several years ago, one lane was closed so all of the traffic, at the top of the bridge, was being herded into one lane.  It looks much prettier from the bottom! Mackinac Bridge at Sunset This is a popular campground convenient to many UP locations such as Mackinac Island, Saute Ste Marie, Tahquamenon…

07/22/2015 Betsy

SUNSET ON TAWAS POINT July 21, 2015 Our last evening here at Tawas Point warranted a walk up to the lighthouse to watch the sunset on Lake Huron.  No matter how many sunsets you’ve seen, each is as beautiful as the next. Along the Nature Trail the setting sun was reflecting on the pond and trees providing a rich view of reds, golds and greens. Billy, as usual, was enjoying his walk up the trail sniffing out any tall grass or underbrush for hidden stray ball.  He’s been extremely successful this trip discovering four balls so far.  As we approached…

07/21/2015 Betsy

WHAT’S ANOTHER 500 STEPS! Lumberman’s Monument Au Sable River Took a drive up to Lumberman’s  Monument along the shores of the AuSable River.  Au Sable River runs about 138 miles emptying into Lake Huron.  This monument and park is on River Road, a National Scenic Byway. Lumberman’s Monument The monument, erected in 1931, is a memorial to the lumbermen who harvested the giant white pine. The statue is 14’ bronze with three figures representing various stages of lumbering.  The center figure holds a compass, figure to his left a sawyer holds an ax and cross-cut saw.  On…