August 9, 2010

Say Yes! To Michigan

I spent last week visiting my parents in Grand Rapids, Michigan. And - even though I have no desire to live West of Waterbury (ends up I'm an East Coast gal) - it was really good to be home.

In particular, a visit to Lake Michigan was a must. When it comes to Lake Michigan, East Coast folks just have NO. IDEA. None. They think it's a lake, like.....like a regular lake, with pontoon boats. And ANOTHER SIDE YOU CAN SEE. When I tell them - No. Imagine the ocean, but no salt water or seaweed, they look at me like I have six heads.
Who has six heads now, huh? (Image of Holland, Michigan beach courtesy of live w mcs' flickr stream). I grew up visiting a very magical place in Holland, Michigan on a historic boardwalk lined with cottages. This place:
And I was lucky enough to be invited back as an adult.  I guess I didn't wear out my welcome as a kid WHO NEVER STOPPED TALKING. Or maybe 10 years was long enough to recover from the verbal onslaught. That's the lake in the far distance.
 I sat here while visiting with old friends:
And ate this:
More from my Michigan trip coming up next!

11 comments:

  1. Being from MI myself (yea!!) & having posted about our own trip to Lake MI (in the Northern area of MI) I LOVE this post :) Sounds like you had a wonderful time going home.

    Lake MI is known as American's third coast, because it is so beautiful.

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  2. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures! I've been to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We stayed for a few days and marveled at the sun not going down until 10 at night, the waterfalls everywhere, and the "Painted Rocks" we saw on our boat ride into the 'LAKE'! It's a GREAT state to visit!!! :-)

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  3. West coast folks have no idea either. I was floored when I visited Lake Michigan. No other side...except at night you can see a couple of very faint glowing spots that are Chicago and Green Bay (from the MI side anyway). Amazing.

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  4. Gorgeous. I am with you. Michigan is a beautiful state. And Lake Michigan is amazing.

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  5. As a native Michigander, I know exactly what you mean about not being able to explain the lakes. I've spent the past two years trying to describe them to my sixth grade Virginia students with no luck.

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  6. So funny because I had lunch with a friend who goes to Wisconsin with his in-laws and he was saying the exact same thing you did about east coasters having no idea. I've only been to Chicago (so I've seen the "lake with no other side effect") but I really want to go up to one of the northern locales. Thanks for the great pics!

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  7. What a GORGEOUS setting!! Can't wait to see mroe pics

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  8. Wow, this is so funny..my son and his family just moved to Mi.(Grand Rapids!) in Jan..from S.Carolina...I was a bit worried for them going from warm to cold even tho they both have lived most of their lives with 4 seasons...but they love it! They just had a trip to the UP and they love the lake. Looks like you had a great trip. I'm hoping to make it up there before summer ends and enjoy it too!

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  9. Yup, no one gets how massive Lake Michigan is until they see it. We just rode our bikes to the lake this afternoon, I love living 5 minutes away!

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  10. Great pictures! You have the "eye" for good photos. Having grown up on Lake Michigan - your photos still captivated me!

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  11. I've never been to lake michigan, but now i know better. it's a huge lake so I can certainly see it being ocean like (without the salt). That's one beautiful sunset!

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