We stumbled across a new-to-us Lake Michigan beach this summer. Windsnest Park is in Port Sheldon Township between Grand Haven and Holland. Not too crowded—just how we like it!
Wouldn’t it be glorious to live there!?!
Port Sheldon Township
My loving husband drove me to Lake Michigan on our 20th-anniversary vacation day!
Empire Beach is about half an hour west of Traverse City, where we dined for lunch. Gorgeous weather! Much more pleasant than our visit last fall.
I still can’t believe our crazy kids traversed that bluff last year!
What a relaxing getaway!
Empire Village Park
Niagara St, Empire, MI
Our 20-year celebration continued at Apache Trout Grill, which overlooks Grand Traverse Bay.
While waiting for an opening in the dining room, we lounged on the deck, watching the
seagulls lakegulls and watercraft. So peaceful.
Here was the view from our dining table just barely inside the restaurant. Those accordian-style glass doors were a brilliant design choice, in my opinion. A terrific view of the bay!
By the way, my Caesar Salad with shaved Parmesan as well as the Fish & Chips were delicious, but Terry reported his burger to be rather ordinary.
Apache Trout Grill
Traverse City, Michigan
20th anniversary getaway
To celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary, Terry and I spent a day in Traverse City. One of our destinations was The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, a collection of small retail shops in the beautifully-renovated former Traverse City State Hospital.
The architecture and attention to detail displayed was simply exquisite.
There’s an interesting history behind this former state hospital. Several books have been written about the facility, which I hope to borrow from the library. One of Terry’s relatives was a patient and, sadly, died there in 1926. This ancestor was 70 years of age at the time he passed away; I’m unaware of the circumstances surrounding his death.
I enjoyed these ornate gates.
I knew my Mom would enjoy this Michigan-shaped license plate collage. Too bad its price sticker wasn’t in my budget:) Since the shop didn’t have room to display the upper peninsula with the lower, the UP was leaning up against a wall inside the shop!
Most of The Village shops were way too upscale for us, but I purchased a few small gifts there. The mystery and architecture of the buildings made the visit worthwhile, in my opinion.
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
former Traverse City State Hospital
20th anniversary getaway
BOTH of our young adults completed segment 1 driver education this summer.
We saved time and money by registering our teens for the same class, but it was especially disconcerting to watch them drive off together! As you can imagine, I prayed fervently during those practice hours with the instructor!
Update: Both Christian and Rebecca survived segment 1 unscathed, and they earned their level 1 driver licenses by the end of June. They’ve been driving frequently under our supervision, logging those hours in anticipation of segment 2. A scary summer, to be sure!