Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday Walk - Glorious Day!

The morning started off quite chilly. I managed to drag myself out of the warmth of bed and get bundled up and ready by about half past nine. I know it's not early, but after years of getting up at 2.30am I can honestly say that I am no longer an early riser. Once we'd done the weekly shop we took off on a drive to a county park. It is called Scotts Mill County Park and is a pretty little place to visit with a nice trail to walk.

This area was first settled in 1836. The original mill was built not far from this one. The mill you see was built in 1870. It was in operation up until 1971 when the owner died and milling ceased. It was purchased in 1973 by Kalamazoo County Parks.

It has a really pretty view.

The nature trail isn't too far.

Can't hardly see the sign!

Through the trees we saw a cabin but we're not sure if someone lives there or not. It is in the park so probably not. We couldn't get close enough to see. 

After walking through the woods and back to the car we headed out to our second destination - Van Buren State Park. We wanted to check out the camping sites and the dog beach. We had a map of the park so marked down the sites we wouldn't mind reserving. Some looked close together and others were larger with natural tree borders marking off the site. 

There were quite a few hills up to the beach. Yikes. Sand dunes. Puff. 

Once up one side and down the other the view was fantastic!

There were several people on the beach. They seemed to be looking for something along the lakeshore. Of course, that made me have to google it to see what exactly they were looking for. Apparently because the lake has been so high lots of stones have been left at the lake edge and people are looking for stones and fossils. 

I had to dig in!

This is the most interesting thing I found.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Definitely Uneventful Saturday

Arrggg I have done nothing all day! Can't seem to muster the energy to get up and about! Did go to the shops to pick up some items in two day sale and a ball of yarn that I will use to try (yup, TRY) to knit a scarf. I did Skype Mum for an hour-and-a-half but other than that - nothing! I have crafts to do, books to read, magazines to sort through, some limited cleaning to do and yet here I sit.

...there's always tomorrow.

At least I should be up and about for a walk tomorrow.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Michigan Beauty - Five on Friday

It's time to join Five on Friday again with Amy over at Love Made My Home. I missed last week as we were off on a mini-break up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to see some of the colour changes of Autumn.

We live in Kalamazoo down at the bottom of the map. Our trip was up to the top of the map. We stayed in Mackinaw City but the furthest we traveled up to was the point that you can see between Sault Ste Marie and Munising, pretty close to Canada - Whitefish Point. We haven't been up there before but it was a fun place to visit.

Whitefish Point Lighthouse was first lit in 1849. It shares the honours of the first lighthouse being lit on Lake Superior with Copper Beach Lighthouse. This light still works though there is no lighthouse keeper. It is automated.

Whitefish Point is known as the Graveyard of Ships as more vessels have been lost here than in any other part of the lake.

 It is rather desolate looking. The wind on this side of the point was blowing quite steadily.

The light has shined for 150 without fail...except on the night that the Edmund Fitzgerald went down. On November 10th 1975 the light suddenly went out. The Edmund Fitzgerald, whose navigational system had been crippled by a raging storm, went down. Twenty nine men were lost.

There is a fitting memorial on the beach.


Every year on November 10th a memorial service is held. The ship's bell is rung thirty times - once for each member of the crew and once more for all the mariners who have been lost at sea. 

Most of Whitefish Point is a wildlife sanctuary and includes a bird observatory.

 Lots of debris washed up on the beach.

Since the first known commercial wreck of the Invincible in 1816 to the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975 approximately 325 lives have been lost in 300 wrecks and accidents in the Graveyard of the Great Lakes. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Not so crafty...What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday?

Wednesday again and joining up with Julia and the gang over at Stamping Ground for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday?

The answer to that question? On my desk there is a pile of...stuff. It got dumped there before our mini trip last week and there it has stayed. I'm hanging my head in shame. While others are crafting away I've ground to a halt again. I have done some work on my gargoyle album but not ready to share yet. I'm not quite sure how to embellish it. Any ideas? There doesn't seem to be a lot of gargoyle or Gothic style embellishments

Anyway here is that terrible picture.

It will be cleaned up next week and there will be crafting going on.

We had a lovely time on our trip up north. I really didn't want to come home. It is so beautiful and peaceful up there. I think if we were twenty years younger we'd up sticks and move up there. So much natural beauty and things seem to run at a slower pace. Not sure I'd like the snow too much - pretty sure it gets even snowier up there. We have lots of things we want to see next year. I did share a few pictures the last few days and there will be more to come The Falls and Mackinaw City.

I will be crafting today and popping over to visit other WOYWWers. It's been fairly warm here the last couple days - I've actually had the windows open!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Tahquamenon Falls in Autumn

In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan one of the great wonders to see are the Tahquamenon Falls. There is a lower set of falls and upper set. These are in State Parks. To enter any state park in Michigan all you need to do is pay $11 a year for a sticker for your car (if you're a resident of Michigan). We take a lot of walks in the parks and there are some really glorious sights. We've seen the falls quite a few times, but never in Autumn. Some of the falls can easily be seen by just walking, others are viewed by going down a lot of stairs. It is well worth the stairs though!

It was really beautiful. Next spring we want to be able to do the hike between the two falls. It is a 4 mile trip (if you can't walk back there is a shuttle!) but apparently it is hilly and tree root covered. We are determined to do it though. There's a campsite at the lower falls so we're planning on camping and then walking.

We did take a walk along part of one of the trails. Autumn could be seen everywhere!

Of course there was lots of fungus around!

And lots of beautiful views as we drove along. 

I can't wait to go back next year!