My Summer on the Front Porch

This has been my most wonderful summer since we came to live in Michigan.  Thanks to my reliable little helper Kamrie and some of her compadres for cleaning for me and Mike quitting his job.  Of course it helped that we had only enjoyable guests (almost) this year.  What a treat.
I have been able to enjoy my front porch more then ever before.  What fun to sit there and wave back at the “wavers” in the cars going by.
Ahhhh, a front porch, who needs anything else?!

I must say, thinking about this last season, this area sure has changed and then again it stayed the same.   The folks that come to enjoy themselves here are very much interested in keeping the area pristine and they really are “into the nature thing”, lol.
Water sports are definitely pushing hard to be the No.1 activity these days. Hiking and biking are not far behind. Of course that doesn’t mean that just plain old “laying on the beach” is no longer important. We’ve had many couples staying with us specifically to lay around on the beach and get chocolate brown before having to go back to work.

Long story short,   Thanks everyone for a most enjoyable season, for your business, for your friendship. We hope you went back home refreshed and feeling well and that your tank is full until you can come to Benzie County again   :heart:

Heehee, one really bad picture but there you have it – The Front Porch

Sis came to visit

It Really Is a Small World

Tonight Mike and I decided to go to the beach  in Frankfort and see the waves and kite boarders.

We did:

Kite boarding1

Frankfort Beach 2

…and then we decided to visit a few of our favorite watering holes.

So we went to the Stormcloud Brewing Company first, then to Dinghy’s and on our way back to the car,

we stopped in at Coho.  And that is where the fun started.  As we walked in, Jess, the bar tender, said

“There is Iris!”

and the group that was occupying the bar area went nuts.

“Ummmmm,  thanks for the warm welcome, peeps but what’s going on?”

Come to find out that they, from New England, had read my review of the Coho on
Four Square and went to see if it was what I said it was.

We had fun!

Small world indeed

Sunset and Stairs

Another progress report from the stairway to the beach.

It seems now, that the stairs are only maybe 3/4 done.  Meaning, they are longer than anyone had imagined.  So, we keep watching our men go off to work on them EVERY afternoon (since the first of June).
I feel so bad and yet in my mind I am pushing for more work and faster work.  I think the guys are also very tired of building this thing.  After all, all of them are in their mid to late 50’s and the only young one in the bunch is our Tyler at 18.

Again today, I drove  up to the end of Grace Road to see how far the stairs are. The railings are up!  But so many more steps are needed to get to the bottom of the beach.

I’ll post the pictures in the order that I took them.

Down there is Bill Soper (a local stone mason) with his dog. They went for a swim and then a walk – at 8:45 this evening!

A freighter heading north past the Frankfort Lighthouse

a second freighter heading north

Ummmm, I forgot to take pictures of the stairs but there wasn’t anything new to show you. The railings are up on the first part of the stairs.

The Stairs at the End of Grace Road

The stairs to the beach at the end of Grace Road are taking shape.  The estimate is that all the work should be done by the end of July.
I am crossing my fingers and will be happy if the men are done working on the project by mid August 😉

There is the top landing which is big enough to hold a tiki bar. A fun idea, especially since it would make the neighbors on the left side mad.  This deck is big enough for a few people to bring folding chairs and watch the sunset.
These special neighbors took the township to court to halt the building of said stairs. Work stopped for a while but is in full swing again.
The neighbors lost the case! – tra-la-la-laaaa-laaaaaaaaa!!!!!

The second landing is done…

The Frankfort pier and lighthouse and a few fishing boats. It was a hazy, hot day that July 4, 2012.

A few ant size people are splashing in the water

I am bound and determined to organize a celebration for all the neighbors that finally have an easy way to get to the beach without eroding the dune each time they go down and up. Hooray

The Stairs at the End of the Road

Finally, the stairs at the end of Grace Road are being built.  It’s going to be a long and drawn out process because it’s all done by volunteers after they come home from work.

Some of our guests aren’t all that fired up about this project; they fear too many people will utilize them and fill up the beach.  I have great doubts about that. It’s a huge beach so wide and 13 or so miles long.  It won’t be crowded, big promise.

The work started this morning at 9 am

Max came to greet me…

Lake Michigan is so blue this morning

Oh to be able to walk down a long flight of stairs instead of having to climb the dune – heaven.

By the time most of you get here this summer, the stairs will be ready for you.  This is one of the most exciting things yet.

Winner of the contest

Good Harbor Bay, Sleeping Bear Dunes

Image via Wikipedia

Congratulations

Carol and Jessie Greenfield

won the Sleeping Bear Dunes DVD.  The answer was indeed

Beach

Gotta love a word scramble.  I am so not good at that.

Thank you all for participating.

To the people that have entered and who live far, far away – you must come and see the dunes for yourself.

I am looking at you Hula girl!

I gave every entry a number and then generated a number via the “random number generator”