Lake Michigan

One morning, last week,  I drove up to the outlook in Elberta…

High above the beach looking to the north west – the Frankfort harbor and lighthouse

and then looking  west

looking south toward Arcadia

And as I was looking around and sniffing the air, there came the familiar Coast Guard helicopter for a maneuver

Yup, summer is on it’s way 🙂

Miller’s Northwoods Market

The flower-boxes looked so pitiful, I decided to replace all the dead plants with something more befitting the season.  They needed sprucing up with gourds and pumpkins.  I called LuAnn to see if she needed to get away – she did.

What fun it always is to drive down M-22 through Arcadia , past Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course and zoom around the bend and another 1/2 mile straight only to end up at Chester and Bonnie Miller’s Northwoods Market.  There is always something to giggle at or someone to giggle with.  Chester is this cute and cuddly farmer who polishes and sells Petoskey stones among so many other things.  There are jams, jellies, soaps, sweatshirts, cherry products and of course a pile of fruits in season.

Pumpkins, I got pumpkins but I couldn’t afford to buy gourds at 50 cents per pound, tempting as they were.   Later I went to LuAnn’s place to make her part with some of her greenery, all of which went into the flower-boxes and looks spectacular.

I have misplaced both my cameras. Don’t ask me how.  I have a feeling I am staring at them and cannot see them. For now there are pictures of our shopping spree at the Millers only. Pictures of the flower-boxes have to come later

Millers 3

This is new – cheese…

millers 4

millers 5

Local jams, jellies, syrups and honey

Chester Miller 2

Just look at these berries.  I had to buy 2 quarts because the boyzz love eating them.  They were soooo sweet and juicy, unlike the ones that I had bought in the grocery store that looked the same but tasted AWFUL.

millers 7

A cupboard full of soaps from Beedazzled

millers 8

millers 9 petoskey stone

Nicely polished Petoskey stones

millers 10

The obligatory artsy fartsy shot

millers 14

Don’t you just love that old register?  I do, heheh

millers customers

And here are some of Chester’s happy customers

millers 12

One last look behind the counter and LuAnn and I are off to toodle back home for another round of cleaning…

Cliffhanger revisited

Ok, I drove straight west. Yes, I stopped at the stop sign first.  I found this cool placeArcadia Village Fire TrucksArcadia Village Fire Trucks

They even have a DalmationThey even have a Dalmatian or two

And then I just zig-zagged through the village.  There isn’t much to Arcadia and I think the town-folks and people who own their summer homes there like it that way.  Arcadia has a summer festival every 3rd week in July. It is called ‘Arcadia Daze’. Many, many people come from all over the place to have fun there.  If you’ve ever heard and seen the Scottville Clown Band, you know that it’s a must to be there when they play. ( Google them, I can’t use any copyrighted photos here.)

and there are some cute cottagesand there are some cute cottages

yes a churchand a church

this has got to be the fanciest house in ArcadiaThis has got to be the fanciest house in Arcadia
It looks so much nicer in real life

The Doctor's OfficeThe Doctor’s Office

The Historical MuseumThe Historical Museum a bit on the cutsie side

Then I was at the water and it was time to turn backThen I was at the water and it was time to turn back

looks grand, doesn't it?looks grand, doesn’t it?

I headed down this road towards M-22 and turned north to go home.