Thursday, July 29, 2010
We are officially "down state" as Michaganders like to call it. We camped near the Mackinac Bridge on the UP side, then proceeded down state yesterday morning. That's the bridge you see in the photo. It looks like the Golden Gate Bridge, but it's a little smaller. It was a beautiful day - the water was so blue and there was enough of a breeze for some white caps.
We took the west coast drive along Lake Michigan. My friend Karen Moline recommended the drive and we're so glad she told us about it. Rolling farmland, beautiful homes, big and small, quaint towns and wineries along the way. We ate lunch at Friske's Orchard. It's a family owned business with a cafe, bakery, and fresh produce. It's cherry time in Michigan - I had cherry crunch for dessert and Mickey had cherry pie - it was delicious. We picked up a couple of fresh peaches and tomatoes, home grown, on the way out the door. The other photo is of a goat up on a little platform at Friske's. They have an immaculate petting zoo for kids. The goat likes to climb up a ramp to the platform and people put grain in a little container and wind it up to him.
It wasn't that much farther to George & Trina's, so we drove all the way to Midland. We sat around the table until almost midnight, catching up and making plans for our time here. It feels so good to see them - they are more than friends, they are extended family. I posted photos of their home last summer, which I think you can scroll down and see if you'd like - I don't want to bore my repeat readers!