weekend escape to the big lake

June 11, 2013

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someone left this line of pretty rocks for us

061013sleepingbears

sleeping bear dune in the furthest distance, and south manitou island the dark line to the left of it

061013zonrockwithflies

see the fuzzy black dots? not dirt on my lens. flying black insects…with no breeze to blow them away. at least they weren’t biting, just annoying.

061013birdprints

large prints and wee prints

061013yellowbeachflowers

welcomed color on a gray day
(my parents were canadian and i still spell gray, “grey” first)

061013zdogshadows

a big bouncy dog found my daughter, i love the long shadows

061013zsunset

she has seen many sunsets at pt. betsie

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pt. betsie lighthouse with the lamp just lit

061013autored

reading “the autobiograpy of red” on crystal, recommended by my daughter, the sun finally shining

061013turkeyshouse

wild turkeys bigger than my pug. i later noticed the christmas lights on the house. a newer kind. did someone live here so recently? or did they just decorate to draw attention to the antiques store next door?

weekend escape to the big lake

“i won again mom. did you see i used the word “idiosyncratic”? shall I put my can of whup*** away now?”

My daughter and I escaped this weekend to northern Michigan, to the big lake, Lake Michigan, and to Crystal Lake. My husband’s parents have a cottage on Crystal Lake, very close to Lake Michigan, which we have spent time at every summer since before our children were born. As a child my husband spent most of his summers there. He spent so many hours combing the beach for Petoskey stones, he would fall asleep with the pattern of Petoskey stones on his eyelids. I love that image.

It is not always easy for me to spend time at that cottage. Clutter, clutter clutter everywhere…I wish I was wired differently and that such unimportant things didn’t bother me, but I’m not and they do. I haven’t even mentioned the dog toys, crates, hair…gah. And I love dogs.

But it is in the midst of paradise and I am grateful for time there, especially since it is a place my children and husband love. (They don’t mind clutter…believe me and don’t get me started.)

It was a quiet weekend, almost too quiet for us. It was grey and cool. No waves on either lake. I have never seen Lake Michigan with no waves. No breeze in the woods surrounding the cottage. And very few people– that will all change at the end of this week when school is out for the summer.

Still, it was nice to get away together. We walked along Lake Michigan at Empire Beach, sat on the beach at Crystal wrapped up in towels and read and napped, bought coffee and giant soft chewy butter pretzels at the Crescent Bakery, watched the sun set at Pt. Betsie, ate at the Coho Café where our up north neighbor from Virginia was being trained to be a waiter (his family stays up at the lake all summer), and played Bananagrams, which I enjoy less and less every time I play with my daughter.

We plan to go back up north with the rest of the family in July, after my daughter’s job working at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival ends. Hoping the lakes and the air will be a little warmer!

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2 Responses to “weekend escape to the big lake”

  1. MasonBentley Says:

    Gorgeous pictures..I want to be there! (And so glad you can make the Blog Party!) xxxxxx

  2. fashionpup Says:

    These photos are really lovely!


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