I should never have gone to Michigan. Then I would never have known what August could be. Temperatures in the 60s to low 80s. Jellyfish-free freshwater beaches. Thriving gardens everywhere, not a wilted flower or patch of burnt up grass in sight. It was a well timed trip. I don't hate Texas summers, just the length of them. About this time every year I get fed up with the heat and stay grumpy until mid-September when I get a whiff of fall.
Highlights of the trip: the inside of the Guardian building in downtown Detroit, the Tigers beating the Yankees (didn't have an opinion either way before the game started but became an instant Tigers/Cabrera fan), kayaking the pristine Platte river (in a jacket!), and of course climbing the dunes, beaching in the barely-hot sun and taking quick dips in the waves of Lake Michigan.
My good friend and fabulous folk singer Emily Lively invited me to stay in her family's farmhouse which is also headquarters of her mom's homegrown floral design business Leelanau Flowers. One of my favorite things about the house (apart from the gardens, the cabana bar, the treehouse, and the walls covered in family art) was the fact that the doors and windows were always open. Cat and Dog and barefoot Livelys coming and going. They live just outside of Glen Arbor which is a tiny village in Northern Michigan with endless access to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. (I would tell you the Native American legend behind the name Sleeping Bear but then I would cry...maybe another day.) If I had my way I would have stayed sprawled in those dunes listening to the waves until fall got to Texas or maybe longer.
I decided to split up the pics into two posts. These are mostly of Detroit. More beach/dunes/flora pics in Part 2.