Driving along the shore of Lake Huron, we came to the town of Bay Port.
First we simply walked around and enjoyed the beautiful summer afternoon, listening to the soft breath of the water and losing ourselves in the view.Then across the inlet I saw a place called Bay Port Fish Company. Something about it intrigued me and I said to Barb, “Can we go in there?” We didn’t know, but we thought we’d try. We drove out and around to the parking lot.
I walked in and asked if I could take pictures for my blog and the lady asked the filleters if they would mind. They were so intent on their work, that they didn’t even look up!Just a fun visit.
The day Barb and I rode up to the tip of the Thumb to see Lake Huron, we found ourselves in the middle of the annual Caseville Cheeseburger Fest which had something to do with Jimmy Buffet, flamingos and a lot of people.
I have not been to a Cheeseburger Fest before and can’t say it was ever on my to-do list, however, just looking at the stuffed flamingoes thrown over the light poles was rather entertaining. I could see no pattern to them – but rather it looked like some little kids were playing and tossed their stuffed birds into the air.
We did eat at one of the main diners in town: Walt’s and to get into the spirit of the day, I ordered a cheeseburger which I can’t even remember the last time I ordered a cheeseburger at a diner. Wow! Truly a good burger. Obviously freshly made.
At that point, we kind of ran out of things to do that were cheeseburgerish and so continued on our way.
I’ve lived a lot of my life by Lake Michigan and a little of my life near Lake Huron.
Last week when I was in Michigan, Barb (great friend) and I headed up to the tip of the thumb. (The lower peninsula of Michigan is in the shape of a mitten and we lived in the thumb. Yes, that’s what it’s called – the Thumb Area.)
On the way we passed the Octagon Barn. You can take tours and Barb said it it’s fascinating inside, but unfortunately it was closed. As we walked along the fence line, a lady from inside (maybe owner) came and talked to us and gave us some suggestions about what days we could come back, but alas …
So we continued on our journey until we reached the lake in the town of Caseville. The afternoon was warm, but the lake breeze was refreshing. Pretend you’re there. Pretend you can feel the soft wind blowing your hair. Pretend you can hear the waves against the shore and plop, plop, plop of the boats as they sped across the water. And enjoy.
Last time I drove home from Michigan, I was with a friend; a friend who likes chocolate. So when we saw signs advertising The Chocolate Garden, we were intrigued. We got off the exit and headed down a country road. The place wasn’t too far off the highway, but the rural atmosphere of the location made us think we were in the wrong location.
Then we saw the house with the Chocolate Garden sign. So this time, knowing where I was going, I drove right to it. Also, there was a lot more activity on the road, with people picking fruit at the neighboring apple orchard.This isn’t just any chocolate shop – they only sell truffles (and a few home decor-type items). The truffles, however, are so good, they’ve been featured on Food Network, and the Chicago Tribune.
To discover which truffles you’d like to buy – for $2.99, they will allow you to taste test three different kinds. You read what’s in them and then list the three you’d like to try. So if you’re heading up #94 through Michigan, here’s another place to stop.
I knew before I left to travel north through Michigan earlier in the week, that I would have some extra time before meeting friends. So before I left, I checked out the web for some place I could hang out for awhile and take some pictures. I found the Historic Bridges County Park which highlighted — ahhh … historic bridges.
I knew it was off 94 near Battle Creek, but that’s all. My GPS led me down miles of bumpy roads greatly in need of repair. I thought about turning around, but kept thinking I had to come to the park behind the next bend or the next bend or maybe the next bend –
And then I was there – at a beautiful landscaped area next to the Kalamazoo River. The parking lot was full. People were there mostly to canoe and kayak down the river. The river itself was so clear, you could distinctly make out every rock on the bottom.
A boardwalk snaked off from the picnic area through fields of flowers and cattails. The afternoon was bright with sunshine enhancing the summer day.
I saw trails going back into the woods, but I stayed near the park area where four of the bridges were located.
If you’re traveling north on 94, and you want a place to hike, or picnic, or just sit and watch the lazy river go by, here’s your stop. And, I think there’s a playground area, too. I didn’t go in the restroom, but other reviewers say they are large and clean. I was glad I took the time to stop.
Ok, it’s going on 88 degrees outside. The air feels muggy and a storm is coming … what better day to take a walk through Bronners. (No, I’m not there – not this afternoon. This is our trip from earlier in June.) And I don’t go to Michigan to see Christmas ornaments, I go to see my friends … but they just happen to live near Christmas ornaments …because once upon a time, we lived just four miles down the road from “the largest CHRISTmas store in the world.” That’s their spelling by the way – every customer (and they have a lot of them) – gets a John 3:16 tract in their purchase. When we lived there and the afternoons got super, really, very hot – we’d go wander around in Bronners for awhile.
If you don’t know about Bronner’s – here are some facts.
*350 trees are displayed in their stores (lights on).
*$1,250 is the cost of their electric bill – EACH day!
*50,000 customers stop by on Thanksgiving weekend.
*More than two million customers stop by during the year.
*Customers have included everyone from John Wayne to Laura Bush to Faith Hill.
And now you.
So take a stroll through Christmas wonderland and enjoy some glitter and sparkle.
So, when you travel with me, you know I looked for indigenous restaurants.
Sue and I found one on our latest trip to Michigan (a few weeks back).
Lunch time and we were in South Haven, a quaint town with quint shops … and a quaint place to eat, called Celementine’s.
(Interestingly, their email address is ohmydarling. Clever!)
Clementine’s (we went to the original – there are two) in right downtown in the old Citizen’s Bank building which was built in 1897. The place is decorated in antiques and looks very much like an old bank. Pictures of early South Haven line the walls. And – the food was extremely good – I had the Claim Jumper – creamy chicken and mushrooms on a croissant. Too much to eat, but what I did eat was delicious.