Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Catching Up, or ….You CAN go home

For the last eight weeks I've been either planning for, ON, or recovering from

our three week cross country drive back 'home' to Michigan.

While there we enjoyed

an abundant harvest of delicious cherries,

corn as high,

my happy place, still cared for and loved...

more servings of planked whitefish than I thought I could ever consume,

 did I mention lighthouses?

sunsets over magnificent lakes,

one more beautiful than the next,

and the sacred ground of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore.

we experienced
moments of solitude

white sandy beaches,

clear water…

dense woods

and favorite haunts that continue to impress

and historic establishments that still nourish after all these years….

we drove over….

and cruised under 
the magnificent Mackinaw Bridge 

for a perfect 'chamber of commerce day'

sunny and warm,

without the hum of engines and only the squeaks of bicycles and clicks and clops of horses hooves...

and the flap of a flag or more….

we witnessed the full moon rise,

we drove to the top of Michigan…

home of the Shipwreck Museum

and down again

to the center of Michigan to see the sun set after a powerful storm..….

and rise again over this inland lake…still as glass

back in the Detroit area, 
we visited  
the beautiful grounds of Cranbrook Academy

and this
inspiring Nick Cave exhibit at the Art Museum there

then headed back to New Mexico through Nebraska 
where we stopped for respite here,

and here,

before we headed south though the center of Colorado to the quaint river town of 
 my new favorite place,

then through the Valley of Peace to Crestone, Colorado

on our way to experience more sand dunes...

of the Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado….

and another magnificent God lit sunset as we headed home to New Mexico.

This trip was filled with connecting with friends and family I've been longing to embrace and spend time with, 
delicious home cooked meals
not to mention warm lake breezes and sand between my toes….

….and I am so happy to report that visiting the favorite places of my youth left me feeling that they are more beautiful, better cared for and respected than I remember. 

With relationships loving and intact,

we say a 


Thank You 

with deep appreciation for our friends and family who welcomed and cared for us so graciously. 


  1. We gladly welcome you back to our little chalet anytime. What a great road-trip!
    Big hugs

  2. gosh , beautiful , brilliant xo

  3. Wow! What a magnificent journey you had. My husband grew up in Michigan and has told stories of Sleeping Bear Dunes, the Mackinaw Bridge (the most memorable story is of a smaller car being blown off it one winter) and Mackinaw Island. We've talked about visiting with our daughters, but haven't yet. Thank you for such a lovely pictorial introduction. We've definitely got to visit.

    By the way, my friend and I will be out your way at the end of the month. I'm bubble wrapping my girls this time to insure no one gets hurt! Enjoy!

    1. Oh, that car story. It still is mentioned today. Don't think of it any more! The bridge is safe and magnificent. It was a trip of a lifetime for me….not staying more than three nights, and mostly one or two in each place. We saw so much, and Mother Nature made sure we had beautiful weather and not much interaction with the famous flies and mosquitos. Yes, you must make a point of visiting…..you will all be happier for it. And GOSH! you're coming this way again! Hooray! The munchkins will love the bubble wrap!!!