Posts Tagged ‘Lake Michigan’

Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City Getaway

In honor of both of our birthdays, plus my 21-year TBI anniversary between them, David and I took a long weekend getaway to Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City, Michigan. We visited Traverse City last October, but we’d never been to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. Friday graced us with perfect hiking weather — sunny and mid-upper 50’s. The wind made it difficult to take clear photographs, but we managed to capture some of our time there.

The path to Empire Bluff felt like Faerie, and everyone leaving the bluff flashed big smiles and expanded hearts. For my part, I couldn’t stop smiling the moment we entered the green:

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White Trillium blankets the woods of Sleeping Bear Dunes at this time of year …

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… and any clearings offer stunning views, shown here through David’s eyes: Continue reading

First Taste of Spring

Spring has almost sprung in Kalamazoo! We’ve got Glories of the Snow and wild violets blooming today, with the earliest daffodils and hyacinths getting ready.

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These seem all the more cheerful and amazing in contrast to our visit to still frozen Lake Michigan on Saturday:

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I love these in between weeks when we can have sunshine and 60’s followed by snow flurries. How do you experience contrast? I find it invigorating!

Full Circle, Crust 54, and Fall Beauty

Have you felt the full circle effect more than usual since we entered November 2018? We sure have! All sorts of long term goals, projects and details seem finally to be falling into place this month. We experienced this in a symbolic way on this Saturday’s day trip to Holland, Michigan. We last enjoyed the twilight here when we went  “Walking on Lake Michigan at Sunset” in January, to celebrate David’s new job.

We went this time to celebrate both of us feeling firmly established in our new career directions. He’s fully trained and feels competent and thorough; I’ve added astrology services and some additional writing projects. At long last, I’ve also decided how and which structural foundations to put in place for some very long term business projects.

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Much warmer than last January, Saturday’s views stunned in a different way, with light catching the wings of a hundred gulls.

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The Forest Primeval and Warren Dunes

Yesterday, David and I took a lovely getaway to St. Joseph, MI, as well as Warren Woods (aka “The Forest Primeval”) and Warren Dunes.

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Warren Woods State Park was preserved by Edward Kirk Warren when he noticed all the old growth forests falling to the logging industry. It was sad to see so many of the majestic, virgin beech with names carved into them over the decades, reminding me of our Turkey Run State Park visit on Mother’s Day 2016, where kids were yelling in the “cathedral.” Even so, this place feels magical. Along with the carvings, you could see many faces in the trees, listening in silence to music in the leaves above.

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Ludington and Manistee

David and I took a lovely weekend getaway to celebrate my 20-year TBI anniversary, as well as both of our May birthdays. We stayed at the adorable Summer’s Inn near downtown Ludington and loved its Japanese style garden, certified wildlife habitat and Monarch Way Station.

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We both have strong connections to Lake Michigan and have lived in all the states bordering it. For me, especially, Lake Michigan feels like life itself. I’ve lived within blocks of the Lake for years in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois, and every time we visit wilder portions of Lake Michigan, I feel renewed.

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Sand Dunes, Lake and Oak

David and I had another magical Saturday getaway, this time to South Haven and Van Buren State Park, with a synchronous stop at Artes and Craft along the way. As mentioned in the Spring 2018 Update, I’m in the midst of some deep inner metamorphosis related to creativity and healing. This will have direct impact on my Metaphysics of Lyme book, as well as any fiction and poetry that pour forth; however, the details of that change remain unavailable for general public sharing. You’ll see the results when they appear.

Meanwhile, I find it amusing that I began taking Star of Bethlehem remedy, then almost immediately realized I needed to formalize my 12 years of astrology studies with an actual mentorship, and then just this past weekend, I stumbled upon a face cream I’ve tried to replace since leaving Chicago in November 2010: a frankincense and myrrh face cream only available in handmade batches in Hyde Park, Chicago. Or so I thought! After some other essentials for my various writing projects appeared, lo and behold, I found the cream!

And so, just to recap, I’ve got Star of Bethlehem, astrology, frankincense and myrrh. Oh, and an upcoming trip to Bethlehem (PA), the first week of April. By my calculations, I’m due for some gold. Just sayin’. 😉

Anyway, that gives you just a sliver of the layers of synchronicity piling up and peeling away these days. As I said in the Spring Update, if I ever do tell these tales, they will need to go in fiction, because few, if any, would believe them as fact. I can share some lovely photos from our South Haven and Van Buren State Park adventure, though. In fact, Continue reading

Walking on Lake Michigan at Sunset

Yesterday, David and I went to Holland, MI to celebrate some big shifts in my half-Dutch hubby’s life and our life together. We piled on layers in anticipation of the cold, but had no idea we’d find such stunning views and comradery among so many other sunset viewers. We also had no idea we’d find mountains of ice waves, a real ice breaker, and be able to walk so far into Lake Michigan.

In short, it was another unexpected twist of fun and beauty. When we open ourselves to the Mystery, surprises tickle us at every turn.

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