Friday, August 12, 2016

When the Going Gets Hot

When the weather gets hot, the hot get to a beach.






Lake Michigan has some of the best beaches. Beautiful, clean and serene. You can always find a few without crowds. But Shhh, don't tell anyone.   


Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. Voted  "Most Beautiful Place in America" by Good Morning America. 





Living and growing up in Illinois, on the other side of the lake, this was the first I heard of the legend of the Sleeping Bear Dunes. I thought all of my bear-loving quilting friends would appreciate this story. You know who you are . . . 








I didn't try it myself but I talked to a guy who said it took him 5 minutes to get down the steep sand dune and almost an hour to climb back up. 









Princess Lia prefers Lake Michigan beaches to salt water beaches. No sharks.


Of course, I made sure we took the quilt barn tour. 







Traverse City, Cherry Capital of the World, has the Best Cherry Pie ever. I had to try it several times to make sure  . . . 







Gotta love dog-friendly towns and restaurants.



It felt great to be "unplugged" for awhile . . . . 

I'll get to all those unread e-mails in a bit. Doll Quilt Club patterns for August will be mailed out sometime next week.





22 comments:

Unknown said...

Looks like heaven Kathy, glad you got to unplug for a bit, we all need that now and then.
Renee in MI

jane nj/wi said...

The story the Ojibwa tell is truly a tear jerker. Bear possessed or not I can see her vigil. They are very protective. Thanks for sharing. Now explain his you and my doggie are having a grand time without me!!!!

Anonymous said...

We just got back from a trip around Lake Michigan. Beginning in Silver Lake and ending in Manitowac, WI, then back home to Coal City, IL. I love Silver Lake. I would love to have a place up there to go to every weekend and at least 3 weeks during the summer. Your pictures reminded me of our trip! Enjoy! Laura V. ninepatch@hotmail.com

Jennifer M said...

Kathy I have never heard of it either. Certainly hope to go sometime. Thanks for sharing because you take me places I've never been with your photography and I always love your journeys!

Carolknits said...

Looks absolutely beautiful. How lucky you are!
And I agree about the beaches-no sharks!! I live in MA and sharks make the news almost every night.
Carol

Kathleen Tracy said...

Carol, you are the lucky one. Sharks or no sharks, I would give my right arm to live in MA or anywhere else in New England . . .

Beth C said...

What lovely photos of a lovely place, it's like I was almost there. The beautiful water, quilts on barns, flowers and the pastry...good idea to sample it several times to make sure it was good, I find that works for me, too! Beth C

Sue Bennett said...

Oh so peaceful. I love covered barns...your barn quilts look amazing..
Glad that you got to unplug for a few days.

quiltgrannie said...

Looks like a lovely time was had. Glad you had some time to relax.

Colleen said...

I was raised in Bay City (Lake Huron) and miss the beautiful beaches :)

Candee said...

That is such a lovely area. We stayed on Torch Lake a couple summers ago. Glad you had such a relaxing & delicious vacation.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing beautiful pictures...looks so inviting. Ditto on MA envy......I LOVE New England!! We took American Cruise Lines around NE islands some years back and I'd move there in a second if I could. Sandi in hot, dry West Texas

BezigeBijMirjam said...

We made a trip around Lake Michigan last May. So Beautiful. We started in Chicago and then via Holland up North. Then along the Coast of Lake superior and back again to Chicago area, where our friends live. Mirjam from the Netherlands.

Martine said...

What a beautiful part of the US.

Cynthia said...

What beautiful photos in our USA and thanks for sharing with us. For ten years we went out to Notre Dame for baton twirling competitions and one year we took a side trip over to Lake Michigan and waded in the waters. So true, not a sole around. Waters extend forever. I live in Connecticut and New England is also a beautiful area with lakes and oceans to swim in.

Kathleen Tracy said...

Cynthia - I have been to New England many, many times. Of all the places I've visited in the US it's still my favorite.

Carla said...

So glad you enjoyed your time on my side of 'The Lake.' Love spending time up north in Michigan. The small towns along the way to the Dunes and Glen Arbor are some great friendly towns. So glad you were able to relax, enjoy, and recharge. Stitching and watching the Olympics here in West Michigan.

Tina W said...

Loved seeing your Lake Michigan pictures. We took a tour last August and visited Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City. Was a great trip. Your pictures brought back memories of it. Glad you got to rest and relax a little.
Tina in Oregon

June said...

My mother grew up in Maple City, MI, and I remember going there once as a child. The sand on the dune was HOT and I remember mother hovering over me, thinking I might "fall off". Loved the area!

Sharon said...

Oh, you're making me miss Michigan! I spent a lot of summers near Sleeping Bear - the dunes were so fun to climb as a kid, but I wouldn't recommend it to an adult! And the cherries! I still love them. Sounds like you're having a wonderful vacation!

Janet said...

Thank you for sharing all the beautiful photos. I live in Georgia and have never been to Michigan but it looks wonderful. Glad you are having a great vacation.

Teapot820 said...

First time I've heard your dogs name, cute! Lorie...

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