These photos come from our trip downstate last week.
My daughter, Kiah, and I traveled “below the bridge” to what Detroiters call Northern Michigan. It’s a 550 mile trip east and south to reach the Thumb of Michigan. (Look at your left hand with the thumb on the right hand side. That’s your visual of what lower Michigan looks like.)
We went to the very tippy-tip of the Thumb for Cheeseburger Weekend in Caseville, but before that we stopped at my other brother’s cottage in Bellaire. All these pictures come from Intermediate Lake.
I grew up going up north to Intermediate Lake–from the Thumb–starting at age thirteen. Took driver’s training on the backroads of Antrim County.
Went roller skating with my little brother in downtown Bellaire one night in the 1970’s when a tornado decided to spin across the lake. My mom, dad, brother and a friend dove beneath the heavy kitchen table to watch hydroplanes and lawn chairs flying outside the windows.
We roller skated on in town, oblivious. A neighbor had to drive us home in his pickup truck because too many downed trees filled our lane. Luckily, no one was hurt.
The night Kiah and I spent on the lake last week was peaceful, serene.
We bought Chinese take-out and drank some wine overlooking the docks and boats.
The cottage is now for sale.
We drank in the beautiful sights, attempting to hold the memories of the past close to our hearts.
We silently said, “goodbye”, in case the cottage sells.
Before we left, I realized that nothing can ever take away our memories. They remain in us always.
Who knows, in this economic climate, whether our cottage will sell? Perhaps I will re-visit you again, dear cottage…
I’ve been feeling very quiet again lately. Nothing much arises to say. I try to think about what to share on a blog–and nothing surfaces.
But who knows? Maybe tomorrow a million words will come dancing through… smile…
I think there is often a perfect symmetry in life–times to speak, times to be quiet. Times to buy a cottage, times to sell a cottage.
Reflecting a lot on the preciousness of life, of health, of family, of friends.
Blessings to all of you…