Last weekend we packed the suitcases, packed the
cooler, packed the car and headed north to Michigan.
I think Michigan is one of the nicest places to
spend the summer. The days are hot but there
is a breeze from all those lakes and the nights
are cool and great for sleeping. The landscape
of western Michigan is filled with fruit orchards.
We stopped at Crane's Pie Pantry for lunch.
I love a business that has been around since 1916.
And if you are eating at the pie pantry ~ well,
you have to have pie!
Finally we made it up to Grand Haven and the
new summer home of our relatives Pat and Jim.
Grand Haven is a quintessential American small
town. The downtown is thriving with shops and
restaurants. This Italian provision store has been
in business since 1907.
We had a great time walking around the neighborhood
looking at all of the beautiful homes.
The homes and gardens are so well kept,
this is an area of many Dutch immigrants
and you can see their roots in how nicely
they keep their properties.
Of course we went to the Saturday morning
In the morning we could run to the bakery
to get treats for breakfast, there was time
for picnicing, going to the beach, doing some
antiquing, finding some local history and most
importantly time to spend with those we love.
At the end of the day we headed to the beach.
It is so nice to watch the sunset in the
You have to stay to watch the lights come on
on the pier. They are on a catwalk where the
keeper can walk when the lake gets very rough
and it is impossible to walk on the pier.
A grand time!
Thanks Pat & Jim.