Lovely Leelanau

Monarch Butterfly+ 08.28.16 copyIt’s been two years since I wrote about one of Lower Michigan’s
best known and best loved hideaways: Leelanau Peninsula. Cherry Republic Sign copyThat post was titled, “What if Your Kid Doesn’t Want to March in his Graduation?” and described a sunny June adventure
àla Joel (my beloved lastborn),Rainy day in Fish Town but this time I want to tell you about a rainy weekend adventure
àla Alie (my beloved husband). Rose Rainy RedAs luck (or failure) would have it, the water pump had burned out in our “Sanctuary” (motor home), and the RV repair shop said
they couldn’t do anything about it until the end of September.

150 year old cedar at Leelanau State ParkAs luck (or brilliance) would have it, Alan just picked up another motor
and did the repair himself after we arrived at our campsite at the northern tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, which turned out to be especially wonderful because it was a rustic campground (spell that outhouses and take your bath in Lake Michigan), so warm, running water was a particular privilege.

Sunset over Lake Michigan from Leelanau State Park MIWe arrived as the sun was taking his evening dip in Lake Michigan
and settled in for the night with the sound of waves gently lapping on the shore. Rustic campground at Leelanau State ParkWe awoke to the disconcerting drum of a near torrential downpour. In fact,
it rained so hard that most of the campers left ASAP (some during the night).

Wild rose in the rainIt was reminiscent of one of our trips to Disney when a tornado touched down 3 miles from our campsite. That year, Carl and Kathy christened their tent “Pleasure Island” (which it wasn’t…they bailed and went to a motel) because the tent was partially afloat in the midst of a pool of rainwater.

LeLand River (Carp River) (In fact, that year we consoled ourselves
with the thought that we had lakefront property.)  View of Carp River and Lake Michigan from the CoveThankful for our motor home, we drove down to Leland’s Fish TownOn the pier at Fishtown. Leland MIand took a meander along the boardwalk Perch basket at The Covebefore stopping for an amazing perch lunch at The Cove. View from Grand Traverse LighthouseLater, after the rain cried itself out, we toured the Grand Traverse Lighthouse
and enjoyed the ambience of this northern Michigan haven.Porterhouse Steak for 2 at Boone's Primetime PubOur favorite dinner spot is Boone’s Prime Time Pub in Sutton’s Bay,
where the steaks are sharable and unforgettable,
and the prices seem like a bargain compared to those in GR.

Old canoe along Leland River MIUsually if we go anywhere on the weekend, we return home Saturday night so we can make it to our own church on Sunday. This time we looked for a church in the area, but finding none that looked likely, we stopped at a park in Glen Arbor and listened to our own service ( “livestream.”

Monarch Butterfly+ .08.28.16 copyOur pastor is preaching his way through Romans,
and the message (as always) was excellent! Grand Cafe at Cherry Republic MIWe stopped for lunch at the Cherry Republic, after which Alan was more than ready to make a beeline for home. Flower box along Carp River in Leland MIHis wife, however, mourned the loss of a stroll through Frankfort,
a climb up Sleeping Bear Dunes, and a hike along Michigan’s glorious shoreline.

Great blue heron on roof of Falling Waters Lodge Leland MIIt occurred to me that I am like Kipling’s little elephant with the ‘satiable curiosity. Bad for me! There’s no end to good things, and I really need to appreciate the amazing abundance I have, not mourn the ??% I miss. Great blue heron on boat along Leland River MIDo you ever suffer from wanting more than is comfortable for someone you love to give? I hope not. But, if you do, please join me in trying to savor what’s in our cups of blessing, not what’s left in the bottle. Parmesan-encrusted grilled cheese sandwich copy                    Perhaps that will leave possibilities for some other time!Library in Grand Traverse Lighthouse MuseumFor we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition” (1 Timothy 6:7-9).Cross stitch in Grand Traverse Lighthouse(If you’re actually researching for a possible excursion to the Leelanau Peninsula, it will become even more beautiful over the next few weeks as the autumn leaves color. Here’s more info: )Fishtown and Leland River