Category Archives: Northwest Michigan

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Another Sleeping Bear Adventure

I stopped at a store in Glen Arbor earlier in the week that had a sign “When was the last time you did something for the first time?”  That really stuck me.  Sometimes we get into a rut, doing the same things over and over again because they don’t take us outside our comfort zone.  Well, I’m glad to say that I’ve done a few […]

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Day at Sleeping Bear

Another beautiful day.  We headed off to Sleeping Bear this morning.  After the obligatory stop in Empire at the Earring Store (aka Secret Garden), we headed to Pyramid Point for a short hike.  The sun was out and so were lots of other people, but it is a great hike to the top to see the vista over Lake Michigan. The view from the top […]

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Sleeping Bear in the Winter

Hello.  I’m finally back.  Sorry for being gone for so long.  Today I took a trip from Interlochen to Sleeping Bear Dunes.  I’ve been there in the spring, summer, and fall, but not really much in the winter. However, before I even got out if Interlochen, I crossed the Betsie River that flows from Duck Lake into Green Lake.  I love the way the river […]

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Fall Color Around Leelanau Peninsula

We did manage to hit the peak color in the area this last weekend.  We did a couple hikes and got some photos to share. The first hike was in the TC Commons.  We had never walked in these woods that are so close to all the attractions in the commons and yet feels so isolated from the city.   There is a large cistern […]

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Botanic Gardens at TC Commons

We discovered a real gem at TC Commons last weekend, the Botanic Gardens.  We stopped at the visitor center and were offered a free guided tour.  So glad we did it.  Not only did we see the grounds, but inside the two large barns on the property.  The first barn was being set up for a wedding reception the next day.  The second barn has […]

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Night Sky

Both Friday and Saturday evenings looked to be good for star gazing.  I headed over to the Green Lake boat launch to see the sunset and, hopefully, the Milky Way. It was well after dark Friday before I got over there, so missed the sunset.  However, the stars were very nice.  You can just make out the milky way in the center of the image.  […]

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Christmas Cove Farms

Rose and I drove to Northport Saturday specifically to find the Christmas Cove Farms.  They specialized in heirloom apples, all those apples that aren’t grown commercially any more, if they ever were.  In addition to the apples, they have a collection of over 10,000 pop bottles that line the walls and lots of metal signs hanging from the rafters.       The woman working there […]

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Baby Loon is Growing Fast

It was another beautiful morning to be on the lake.  Just as I got into the kayak, mamma loon started calling and dancing to distract me from the young one.  I just sat in the kayak with the camera capturing the beauty of the show.  Here’s some of the photos. In this shot, you can see the chick as the blurry black spot behind the […]

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New Duck Lake Resident

Let’s give a welcome to Duck Lake’s newest resident, Baby Loon!   This photo was taken by our good friend on the peninsula, Jane Shoup.  We have both seen Momma Loon on the nest, but Jane was fortunate enough to catch a shot of the new family.  Thanks for sharing, Jane. I’m doing this post while on the road with my tablet, so bear with […]

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More Scenes from Northwest Michigan

Yesterday I posted some photos of the trilliums and other wildflowers from the Sleeping Bear area a couple weeks ago.  Today I’ll share some of the other things from that outing. I had read that there was a covered bridge just north of Lake Ann, but had never seen it.  Well, I found it.     Here are some views of the trail and from […]

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