Grand Haven

When I moved from San Francisco to mid-Michigan, swimming in the ocean topped my list of things I would miss. However, I soon discovered that the large bodies of water surrounding the state identified more closely to a large sea than just a lake. I was absolutely blown away the first time I visited a Great Lake, and pleasantly surprised by the freshwater. No salt stinging my eyes or destroying my hair was definitely a perk. Grand Haven is one of Michigan's more popular beaches, with a quaint little downtown and many yummy food offerings. We stopped at Porto Bello for dinner, and left with our stomachs stuffed with not just our entrees, but unlimited bread and salad as well.

DSC_0385DSC_0450DSC_0467DSC_0472[Pesto Fettucini Alfredo with vegetables]

A2SF

DSC_0212 Nothing says summer like outdoor concerts, and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival manifests that sentiment.

I spent my Friday evening at the kickoff of this 3-week long event, in the company of Lady Sunshine and the X Band and some good friends. And for an unexpected yet pleasant surprise, my ballroom dance partner also happened to be there.

Can't you tell how excited I was to see him?DSC_0206

Truly though, the weather was perfect and the night could not have been any more splendid. DSC_0199

Pretty Peonies

It is my first peony season at the Nichols Arboretum, and already I am delighted by the beautiful large blossoms. DSC_0037DSC_0034

Clad in my new ankle boots, I took a quick stroll through the grounds and shots some of the vibrant colors. Aside from the "ooh"s and "aah"s I have expressed toward these pretty flowers, I have little else to say--the pictures really just take the words from my mouth.

DSC_0025 DSC_0030

Northern Michigan: Scenery

After a stressful week of midterms, I had the lovely opportunity to go up north with some friends to Traverse City. My friend is from the area, so us "fudgies" (vacationers, cottage owners, anything not local year-round residents) got to see more than just tourist attractions. The weather forecast predicted rain all weekend, but we held our breaths and went to the beach anyways. We managed to beat the rain, and had a great day basking in the summer sun.

DSC_1339

Good Harbor Beach was blissful, serene, splendid.... magical even. We were just three people out of maybe a handful of the few there, so it was really nice to not be overwhelmed by large numbers of tourists.

We went to Sleeping Bear Dunes as well.

DSC_1418

DSC_1439

And then we headed to another beach, keeping ourselves busy with hunting for Petoskey stones and just enjoying the sand in between our toes.

DSC_1492

DSC_1565

 

Our delightful Saturday winded down with a relaxing bonfire.

DSC_1615