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

The Flying Wallendas

 
The excitement never stops…
Here is what our Frankfort Chamber of Commerce has to tell:

The last of the original Flying Wallendas is soaring high over Benzie County this week.

Carla Wallenda, 76, will carry on her family’s daredevil tradition this week as part of Frankfort’s Fourth of July carnival.
Every night through July 8 she’ll be 110-feet above the ground, teetering and hanging on her “sway pole” – a steel pole that swings and bends as much as 25 feet to either side of the wire.

She is joined by her fellow performers: husband Mike Morgan and grandson Cody Wallenda.

“I’ve been performing all my life,” said Carla, who began walking a wire when she was just 3. “It gets your adrenaline going. You’re out in your own world. No matter what your problems are, when you’re out there, everything leaves you.”

The Flying Wallendas were founded by Carla’s father, Karl, in the 1920s. It’s a dangerous profession, and the family had its share of tragedy through the years. In 1962, her aunt Rietta fell to her death, and Karl died in 1978 when he fell from a wire in Puerto Rico.

Today, different branches of the family carry on the tradition all over the country. Nik Wallenda – Carla’s grand-nephew – recently walked a tightrope over Niagra Falls from the U.S. to Canada.

But Carla was in Clio that day. She watched it on television from her family’s ice cream stand.

“It was just another day at the office for us,” she said. “You can’t make enough money just doing the act any more, so we added the ice cream stand and a couple of games.”

The team spends the winter months in Florida, polishing their act and keeping in shape. Carla performed in nearly every state in the country, but for the past eight or nine years, summer brings her to Michigan to perform at carnivals and festivals around the state.

“I’ve slowed down traveling, between the cost of fuel and me having to drive a truck pulling a 52-foot trailer,” she said.

Carla has no intention of slowing down her act, and she hopes to keep performing for years to come. Meanwhile, she’s helping another generation of Wallendas take to the skies; grandson Cody is in training, and he could be performing the family’s signature “pyramid” act – a double or triple-decker of tight-rope walkers – in the years to come.

But for now, they’re enjoying their time up north.

“We love it here. I’m just enjoying that beautiful lake,” she said.

Frankfort’s Fourth of July Carnival runs today through July 8. Carla said she and her family will be performing every evening.

So, come one, come all and have a great week in Benzie County and Frankfort in particular.
I am happy to announce that the Wayfarer is fully booked 

It’s happening

I am running out of things to say. Who would have thunk. I guess that’s the way it goes. You’ll just have to bear with me, every day can’t be a party, right?  I am getting very busy and I still have the MMM girls from Delaware here until Sunday 🙂

Two of my favorite guests left this morning.  I think they might be back in the fall.  They are so very appreciative of what we offer which makes my already good day so much more enjoyable.
Mr. and Mrs. F.  always bring  something for me. Either when they arrive or after they leave there’s always a present for me.
Last year, they left this cute little paper weight in the shape of a foot. It is a foot shaped rock with tiny little rock toes – all the rocks, if I remember right, were found at the Point Betsie beach.  This year I got a bottle of some really tasty German wine and this wonderful note

Miss Eva and Mr. RichMiss Eva and Mr. Rich

A sweet note which will eventually go on my desk in the office, like so many othersA sweet note which will eventually go on my desk in the office, like so many others ( sorry it’s so blurry)

The little rock foot on top of the decoupaged notes from guests, in my officeThe little rock foot on top of the decoupaged notes from guests, in my office

And now please excuse me.  I have to run and get some cottages cleaned.  The next guests are on their waaayyyyyyyy……………….

The Photo Contest

Since Saturday, May 2nd, I have this young photographer [Drew] staying with me. He’ll be here until the 9th of May – this coming Saturday.  Drew is here to take pictures from all around Benzie County for a contest which could pay the winner $ 5000.00.  He’ll stay in Benzie County 3 times, one more week in late May and again for a week in June. This contest is sponsored by Travel Michigan, I believe.  So now, I have nothing to report other than to say, I have a photographer staying here 🙂

And I’ll show you a picture of a spider web.  I love spiders!

How about this in my apple tree?How about this in my apple tree?
I wish the dew drops were more visible.  I need a better camera.