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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Arcadia..............

I wanted to go down to Arcadia for some time. There is a beautiful lookout there. Looks out over Lake Michigan. I have seen several local photographers do some very beautiful pictures. So it was time to take Raylene down state to spend the summer with her mother. So we arranged to meet in Spring lake at 4pm. We left here around 9.30 all packed up with a picnic.The kids love picnics
So.....off we went. We started off towards Frankfort, Laura drove my van.
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So once we got onto our road, M22 headed south we saw a turtle crossing the road. Laura did a quick U turn and screached over to the curb. I hopped out, another car had stopped further up and was thinking of doing the same as us.......so I stopped the car behind me and they stopped traffic coming that way. I escorted this lovely little lady (?) over to the other side. There was a man checking some trees and he came over to thank me and said there was a pond and stream back where she was headed. There were several people watching this performance with traffic stopped outside their house haha. With luck she will have a lovely life. Always take the turtle in the direction it is headed otherwise it will just get back into the same predicament. Laura and me, we always seem to get into these situations.
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We had not gone too far before we did the same thing again. Thankfully that was the last we encountered but we saved two little lives that day. The 2nd was a painted turtle and I didn't get her picture.
Well we finally got to Arcadia. The view is spectacular. We are so lucky to live here. There are no better views anywhere than here in Michigan. (If I can not live in England then I am glad I live here)
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There were a LOT of steps. After we got our fill of that view we went down into the town and to the park for our picnic.
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They had a good time swinging and playing frisby (lost it on a roof) and generally working off some energy.
We performed our 3rd rescue of the day. Laura spotted a moth.
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Laura gave him a drink of water and set him in a shady spot. It was very windy and I think he had got tired and flopped. Anyway....he was fine when we left.
The stop at the beach after the picnic found them with some more playground equipment to play on.
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The small towns are so picturesque and we would have spent more time if we could have. The next stop was at the State park, Silver Lake Dunes. We went for quite a hike hoping to see the lighthouse. We ended up climbing up the dunes and calling that good. We got a glimpse of the top of it.
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Its rather difficult for me (the one eyed wonder) to negotiate things. The top of the dune had a narrow ridge, what a laugh. Warned the kids to watch out for falling nannies.
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Here I am staggering along the crest.
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The beach below, the water is high there as well as up where we live. No rocks on that beach to admire.Some nice driftwood but I could not lug that home.
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Beautiful flowers growing on the dunes.
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So we stopped along the road after driving for some time to meet Donna. We pulled over and let the kids out of the car. There was a couple sitting in another car. I can only imagine how it looked. Laura and I stayed in the car.
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We call it letting their yayas out. After yelling and screaming and tumbling through the sand they piled back in the car. I waved to the awe struck couple sitting quietly in their car. I bet they decided right there and then to never have kids.
After we dropped off Raylene we went into Applebees for dinner. Tristen liked his meal, a burger and mozzerella cheese sticks. Laura and I had fish and chips. Reina had a burger and salad.
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We were headed home but decided to take the same route back. We were getting towards late afternoon, so I got a few wildlife pictures on the way.
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We got ice cream at that stop and then seriously headed home. Everyone was tired but we had one more stop. We spotted some deer, they did not cooperate but this little lady did.
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We still had daylight and still had some pretty views but it was getting late and time to get home
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We got home around 10pm, Tristen is usually in bed by 7pm. He had to get up for day camp next day and me at 5.3oam for babysitting. It was a very good day though.

1 comment:

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Enjoyed seeing the beautiful photos of your very full day!