At the end of the day, any road trip has an ending. We'd thought about leaving around noon but the reality was, we'd seen so much and while there is always 'more' why not just be content with our joy? And then, we got more than any farther away or further in could have provided. Dawn.
I took Mack for a free of the leash walk on the beach, slowly gathered our bits and pieces (except the can opener, enjoy it, A frame people!), drank a couple of cups of very good coffee with Jeff's watery milk - these health people! - and packed it up.
|The A frame, straight out of a 1960's getaway. Perfect. Wood burning stove included.|
|Karen heading out to take one last photo. Mackey wasn't moving far from her vehicle, just in case we were thinking of leaving him behind.|
The country Up North is so varied. One minute you are looking at farms and flat land and then, ahead is beautifully rolling landscape.
|Fall color was just beginning to fill in the green|
|Fishin' is good and the livin' is - well, maybe not so easy but for now? Yes it is.|
|No! Don't stop!|
|Christmas trees are a big business around these parts|
"Turn around! Turn around!" At first, I thought it was just a very beautiful barn but in my glance I'd also seen what I first thought were llamas that turned out to be alpacas. Karen obligingly reversed our course and was glad she did.
|That's truth in advertising|
|There were alpacas on both sides of the road. We didn't know if it was one operation or two and really? For us? Who cares?|
|This was the first one that caught my eye|
|And this was the second|
|This black beauty stole Karen's heart immediately|
|Just a guess that this is one of the Mama's; she was pretty far back so we couldn't be sure|
|That tangled top knot was rough and soft at the same time, reminding me of touching a buffalo once upon a time. You only get once with a fairly wild buffalo.|
|Curiouser and curiouser|
Yes, we lost our hearts but we went onward, alpacaless, back to the cityscape and slightly beyond. Mackey was plenty for the backseat.
|If you can pronounce it, you are doing better than I. But hearing me try made Karen laugh enough to make sure I got it in pixels. Go ahead. Try. You know you want to.|
|I have no idea what this sign means and I am having no success finding out. Anyone have a clue?|
|Karen told me that one man, Manuel "Matty" Moroun, owns this building.|
We were back. Linda doesn't live in the city but in a classically American neighborhood of brick and wood homes, almost every single one well cared for. With winter on the horizon, home repairs are either done or being finished up, like squirrels packing away their store, preparation will soon give way to time to have that done. We all have our own seasons and I for one am cautiously knocking on wood for ours at home.
From Lake Michigan's northern rural and beachy beauty to the many facets of Detroit, Michigan continues to surprise me. I don't think those surprises are over yet.
It's 46 degrees right now. I'm snug in bed, cozy with socks and sweater, Mackey on one side and Itchy the cat on the other, my living hot water bottles. Eventually it will be time to go out for a walk, but not yet. Now if I could just train them to make my tea...
Have a mold your memorable moments Monday. Do something moveable.