Friday, July 23, 2010
This gorgeous setting is located on the southern coast of the upper peninsula. Fayette used to be a thriving community in the 1800's, but it closed in 1890. The ruins are surrounded by limestone cliffs and scenic vistas. I could have relaxed by the water for hours! The last pic was taken on top of the limestone cliffs; a trail conveniently starts at the ruins. I get such a thrill visiting ruins and abandoned towns. I like to imagine who stood where I am standing, and what their story was...
Monday, July 19, 2010
My foray onto Mackinaw Island was fabulous. The island itself is an escape into yesteryear. Automobiles are prohibited, bikes abound. The clean air and laid back attitude allowed me to relax and enjoy the beautiful Michigan sun.
I'm not a fudge fan, but for all of you chocolate lovers, Mackinaw is THE PLACE for sweets. If you want to "work off" those extra calories, the island is only eight miles in circumference. I suggest renting tandem bikes or roller skating. Otherwise, swimming and hiking are definite musts.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Ah, the little things in life. Sometimes I feel as though I am distracted by the big picture, the big trips, or the big events. Instead of being swept up into the grandeur of years, months, and days, I want to challenge myself to live my life in moments. I'm trying to ponder and treasure those fleeting moments and images. As I was walking through the Bicentennial Forest in Indiana, I tried to pay special attention to the little things like these:
Stay tuned: more little things to come...
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Normally, I am content sleeping at the cheapest place possible when I am on vacation. I don't spend much of my time at the hotel/hostel, so it doesn't need to be a five star experience. I may, however, make an exception for the Propeller Island City Lodge in Berlin. The 30 rooms there are an artistic experience, to say the least. Each of them was designed by the German artist Lars Stroschen, including the Upside Down room and my personal favorite--the Hanging Rope Bedroom, where the bed is suspended from the ceiling with ropes. It makes the Hilton, well, a mediocre accommodation.