I am downstate visiting my mom and dad now, having previously added these photos to Word Press during a very busy morning last Friday while preparing to depart.
These images come to you from Big Bay, Michigan, where Suzi Banks Baum shared a “Slow Time Salon” of art and writing with many friends and acquaintances last Tuesday. I snapped most of these pictures during a mid-day walk down a dirt road to the lighthouse out on Lake Superior.
You’re wondering about the “serendipity” part of the title, aren’t you? I can’t wait to tell you!
Last Friday morning before working three hours at the school and two hours with the township–before cleaning and packing and organizing–I kept hearing the phrases “Ladies of the Lake” in my head, like a song. Since I had a photo of the three of the book tour participants standing by the lake I started the title of the post with “Ladies of the Lake.”
Jumped in the car, drove away (forgetting my telephone charger, alas) and tooled down the road in anticipation of the 550 miles to visit family. Keep in mind that this was not necessarily a logical decision, but an impromptu desire from the heart.
Two and a half hours from home, a bit sleepy and still trying to decompress, I drove into Munising, a little town nestled in a cove along Lake Superior.
There–in big bold letters on a sign–appeared the greeting: “Welcome, Ladies of the Lake”.
I kid you not.
Don’t you love it when synchronicity happens?
I stayed at St. Ignace, ate Mexican tamales at Jose’s Cantina, and drove across the Mackinac Bridge in the fog next morning.
Met my lovely blogging friend, Heather, for breakfast at the Sugar Bowl Restaurant in Gaylord. It is always such a delight to meeting blogging friends! Heather and I have met twice before. Once, for another similar breakfast. The following winter she and her husband stopped for dinner at our Little House in the Big Woods.
Continuing downstate, I paused for coffee and muffins at my friend Sandee’s house in Sterling. She is the sister of one of my buddies from elementary and high school, Pattijo.
The trip felt shining with friendship and serendipity!
Took a left at Bay City and drove up into the Thumb to my brother’s cottage along Sand Point at Caseville. Scot and I spent over four hours sitting on his deck talking and reminiscing and sharing before a magnificent simple dinner of grilled veggies and salmon. We (along with his girlfriend, Amy) hiked along the beach in a wild fog & wind. My hair blew straight up the heavens. Then we soaked in the hot tub under the stars.
Amy posted a pic on Facebook this morning of brother and sister walking along Lake Huron’s shore. If you’re kind about my hair, I may show it to you. Will decide by the end of this post.
Yesterday morning drove another couple of hours to Yale into the awaiting arms of my mom and dad.
Niece Tianna and nephew Doug came a’visiting in the afternoon and we had a marvelous catch-up.
How I love being here with family once again.
I hope you’re not too disconcerted by the photos of Big Bay and the discussion of my trip downstate.
(Actually, I do believe it’s good to be a little disconcerted at times. It keeps us on our toes. Just so we don’t get too complacent.)
Now must get off the computer because we may be heading to Port Huron soon.
Life can be sweet.
Wishing you the best this late August week.
OK, OK, here’s the wild & crazy hair picture! I’m only showing it to you because there’s a lot of brother-sister love shining through, too. 🙂