Almost as fast as it began, our late summer in Michigan has come to an end. The last few weeks were a flurry of activity, work, and fun! Check it out:
My sister Judy and brother-in-law Dale came to visit. They went on a hike with us to Pyramid Point and checked out the maritime museums at Sleeping Bear. We finished up the day with dinner at Art’s Tavern in Glen Arbor. It sure was good to see them!
We also had a visit from my cousin Sue and her hubby John. Its always fun to hang out with these two! We caught a sunset with them at the Lake Michigan Overlook and a late dinner at Cherry Republic.
Diana’s cousin Nancy and her husband David also stopped by, as did Nancy’s brothers Jerry and Reed. After that, we saw our friends John and Julie, and then Diana’s cousins Evelyn, Linda and Brenda were in town. We also were able to see our friends Camilla, Lane, Patti, Rod, Mary, George and Grace again. Hope I didn’t miss anyone!
While at the National Lakeshore, we were encouraged to visit as much of the park as possible. By doing so, we were able to give accurate information to our guests in the visitor center. While out checking Good Harbor Beach, Diana spotted this cloud pattern, which is pretty typical over the peninsula.
All that water makes for a dynamic sky. 🙂
The end of the season saw our maritime museum receive a fresh coat of paint.
It was a tedious project, as there was lead paint that had to be removed. They really did a nice job!
We also were able to take a tour of Glen Haven with our supervisor, Marie.
Here she is explaining the construction of the Sleeping Bear Inn. The hotel was built in 1857, and the park is hoping to have it restored and put back into use. Marie is a wealth of knowledge and a joy to be around. 🙂
And here is one of the longtime residents, Leonard Thoreson, filling visitors in on the area history. His parents owned one of the farms that is now part of the Port Oneida Rural Historic District. Leonard can be seen riding his bike through the park just about daily. The white plate on the front of his bike says “91”, which refers to is age. What a treasure.
One really fun thing we did was to work at the big relief map at the visitor center. Here’s Diana explaining the park’s features to our guests. It’s neat to learn about people’s interests, and match them up with what the park has to offer. People were really appreciative of our efforts.
Soon it was time to leave.
We didn’t get a photo of Judy and Paul or of Bob and MaryJo, but we did get one of Rick and Debbie! We sure enjoyed sharing our little campground with all these folks!
From Leelanau, we headed to Grand Rapids for a week. While there, we were able to buzz down to Indiana to see my aunt and uncle again. Both are doing well. We also took care of annual physicals and such, finishing up the week in Kalamazoo for Western Michigan University’s homecoming.
The weather wasn’t the greatest, but the rain held off for the game. Western beat Eastern Michigan 27-24, so that added to the fun!
We had quite the crew, first and second generation Broncos! Brian and Sarah (olive and black shirts in the center) are getting married in a few weeks, and circumstance doesn’t allow for the group to attend, so….
…we held a Bronco wedding! Sarah was the Broncette and Brian was the Bronco.
Brian’s brother Eric was the ring bearer, and he had us in stitches. We had a reception, cake, dancing…you name it, we did it. Diana and I even won the anniversary dance for a change! The entire event was way beyond what any of us thought it would be. Man, we have fun when we get together!
From there, we headed to southeast Michigan to see Diana’s family.
From left, our nephew Jared, Diana’s sister Cheryl, Dan and Becky (our niece), Diana’s brother-in-law Doug, Diana and I. We had a great time catching up with everyone!
From there, we visited Diana’s uncle Bob and cousin Debbie. While we were there, we camped in Diana’s hometown, Ortonville…just across the street from where we were married 36 years ago. It was fun to be back there. 🙂
This morning, we headed south out of Michigan. We are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Michael, as it is crossing our path to Florida. It will be long gone by the time we get to Georgia, but we don’t know what sort of damage we are going to find. The next few days should be interesting.
Until next time, safe and happy travels to all!