A Journey North

June 28, 2015

I spent a short 24 hours, 4 hours north, in northern Michigan.

Northern MIchigan is rugged in winter, but when winter finally recedes, the quaint villages and lovely beaches are popular summer havens.

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sunset over Lake Charlevoix in Boyne City

Nestled among a grove of mature white birch, this cottage on the shore of Lake Charlevoix has been passed down from generation to generation in my husband’s family.

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I’m no poet, but this is such a lovely spot, a poem came out of nowhere.

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I guess since I bravely shared that with you all, I am now, forevermore, a poet.

There’s nothing like blogging for immediate gratification.

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We spent the wee morning hours watching my son and stepdaughter run a marathon in the village of Charlevoix.

So proud of them.

And grateful to get up to this spectacular sunrise.

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The lovely Charlevoix is decorated with petunia-lined streets and pansy-filled window boxes.

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It is home to a group of architecturally unique homes known as mushroom houses.

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Though modernized homes, their hobbit-like appearance seems other-worldly.

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Near the marina sits a Charlevoix hot spot. . .

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a lively bouncing fountain. . .

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which draws giggly children. . .

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like the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

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If you ever get the chance, northern Michigan is a great place to visit.

Sorry, no peacocks on the lake, so I give you this. Thanks for visiting.

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Latest Comments

  1. Lynne Hall says:

    Loved your photos as always, they are so wonderful! And now, my dear Julie, you are a poet! Loved it!

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  2. Aggie says:

    I love those mushroom houses! We don’t have enough rocks around here, or I’d be wanting one.

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  3. Becky says:

    One of your best ones yet!

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  4. derrickjknight says:

    Another lovely record of a lovely trip

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  5. Fabio says:

    Poetry… In words and images! Bravo, dear Julie! 🙂

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  6. Jane says:

    Fantastic! Your images are beautiful. Those mushroom houses look very interesting. I do hope I can visit this area of the US one day.

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  7. D. Wallace Peach says:

    I love the photo of the outstretched hands and the droplets of water. The cottage IS like a hobbit home. The place must surely feel magical.

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  8. bluestempond says:

    I generally don’t resonate with poetry but I liked your little one. Your pictures make me feel like taking a road trip up north.

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    • Julie says:

      Forgive my late response. I thought I responded earlier but must have missed the ‘send’ button. Thank you for liking my little one.

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  9. AmyRose says:

    OH, Julie, how I enjoyed this post and your images!!! Those cottages are truly magical looking as are every single one of your photographs. How I yearned to step into your sunrise shots …. oh wow, just incredible, and the sense of wonder and peace overcame me. My Life is just in a phase I am not able to travel, but someday that shall change. I travelled through your post, and for this I really really thank you. It looks to me you had a truly wonderful time!!!! Good for you! Love, Amy ❤

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    • Julie says:

      You definitely get it. “It’ being beauty. Yes, that sunrise had me buzzing with serene joy. I hope your circumstances change and you can travel soon. I imagine your lens and you could do spectacular things on a trip.

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  10. AmyRose says:

    And your poem ….. beautiful!!! YES! Your deep ability to connect to your emotions and to Mother are very evident in your words. Keep writing, I encourage you!!! ❤ (I was editing my comment above when it posted. LOL Go figure!)

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