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Take a walk in Blue Bell Woods listen to the sounds around you, of bird song and bees. Smell the flowers and the scent of Spring in the air. Every year is a new beginning and every day a blessing

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Paradise......

On Sunday we leave for Paradise. Its a very small town/village? in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. About a 3 1/2 hour trip for us from Traverse City. We should be arriving at the end of the Blueberry Festival. I hope they save us some jam and stuff. I want to bring some home for my friends Nancy and Edna.
We go to Paradise when we can. Its really not that far for a few days of relaxation. Not a lot there but its wonderful country. The village is on Lake Superior close to Whitefish Point. You can see the other end of town from the road you come in on. What is there to do? Not a lot but we love it. We stay at Curley's when we do go. We used to get the same room because it has an attached bedroom so its nice for a family. Then we rented a cabin and now that's what we will do from now on. We have always taken our dogs but now we have 4 poodles we are trying getting a house sitter and leaving them home, less stress all around. Also we have Tristen with us and that's stress enough thank you. Not quite 2 yet so he is still learning to be good in the car. We can only hope. I may take ear plugs this time.
Well anyway...........in such a small place there is wonderful food. The local bar looks decidedly shabby outside, they are waiting for better times to come, a better economy but the inside is cozy. Very clean and wonderfully friendly. The food is to die for. We are going for the burghers oh boy. Best I ever ate. There is also a fish and chip place where they catch the Whitefish daily in Lake Superior. Also makes it worth the trip. There is a local pizza place that makes fresh home made pizza while you wait. What more could you want.
This is the main street. The place we have gone for breakfast is in that set of shops but I just found out that the bar is open for breakfast and that's where I'going
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The main street is very quiet but I suspect that because of the blueberry festival there will be a little more activity on Sunday. We may catch the end of the art and craft show if we are lucky. This is looking out of town. This is the bar.
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From that road where the bar stands you can see right through town. If you go right instead of left then you will go up to Whitefish Point. They have the lighthouse there and the Great Lakes Maritime museum. There are displays from the Edmund Fitzgerald that went down in a November storm. lake Superior is an unforgiving bitch as many a mariner or fisherman have discovered. Dont ever underestimate her.





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Apart from the lighthouse there are several other things to see here. There is the museum and a gift shop that sells books on the area, on lighthouses and other Michigan things of interest. There is also a small store selling Cranberry products. (I hope maybe blueberries too) There is a large lawn that sometimes has exhibits and where they have the blueberry festival. There is to be an art and craft show but I dont think we will get there in time for that so all I can hope for is to get some products in the shop.

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There is a general store and a hardware store but not much else. The giftshop didnt have a lot the last time I was there but thats OK. I will buy something anyway. Support the local economy best I can
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So you may wonder just what it is that we find attractive? I dont know. Its just a feeling of peace, the quiet, the solitude. Walking on the beach up at Whitefish point at dusk and seeing the ships heading for Sault Saint Marie locks. A few lights twinkling over in Canada, not much because that part of Canada has hardly anyone there. Another place I love. We always hope to see wildlife. Bears and Moose maybe. There is a place to take the kids to see bears that have been rescued and its worth a day trip to go see them I know Reina and Tristen will love that. Then the Taquamenen Falls its a natural beauty spot and I am sure they will be impressed. Theres a great gift shop there and a place to eat so that will be a nice day out for us. I will bring back some pictures of both places.

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