Finished!

At long last, the Stairs at the end of Grace Road are finished and today we held a private celebration on the deck of said stairs.  All but one of the volunteers was there.

Kudos go to Carl Noffsinger, Ron Bayette, Corky Anderson, Chris Noffsinger, Mike Jones, Tyler Jones, and last but not least John Keilor who brought along some heavy equipment from Luedtke Engineering.

So, I have pictures, no one wanted to be singled out or pose for me.  “No accolades” we were told.  The newspaper wanted to put out a spread but the men said “no” to that as well.  Quietly, with hors d’oeuvre we celebrated this afternoon.
The sun was out and warm and glowing.   Wow, what amazing weather we’ve been having for the last 8 or so days.  The pictures are not all that great, but good enough to give you an idea of how wonderful this is going to be for everyone who wants to enjoy this glorious beach.

So here now the pictures of the guys and, of course, the finished stairs

The tall skinny guy is Chris Noffsinger

guests

John Keilor

Corky Anderson with the ball cap and Tyler Jones in the yellow t-shirt

Carl Noffsinger with the ball cap

Mike Jones in the orange ball cap and Carl Noffsinger with the blue cap

Lots of dogs were there for the grand opening 🙂

Everyone getting ready for the walk down to the beach

There you have it.  Ok, so we are looking forward to beach going season.  Every day of the year is beach going season in my mind.

A word about the future of this blog. 
I promise not to  forget my camera so often and to think about writing about more things
that might interest you who don’t live here.

Mike and I consider ourselves very, very lucky to live right here.  Our 17 th season is coming to an end. We have no availability until Tuesday. Grrrrreat 😉

 
 
 
 
 

Lake Michigan and Dinner

Pictures today of Lake Michigan “behaving” a little more active than it has been in the last few weeks

As usual, at the end of Grace Road.

Looking right

Looking left

Left again

and right. With a good view of the Frankfort Lighthouse

Someone had a nice fire last night

That’s Tina Noffsinger waving. She was on her way to Frankfort – it’s the annual Twilight Sale in town.
Great deals to be had all over the place including at Hull’s Clothing

And then I went home and made my dinner

Tomato, Eggplant and Brussels Sprouts with a little lemon juice and salt to taste. Yummmers

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.

Off Road Shenanigans

Some of our guests have reported seeing cars being driven right down at Grace Road Beach.  We were outraged and it seems so was everyone else that lives on the bluff.  Apparently this happens quite frequently these days because I just found a blog post by the Elberta Alert

“The Village Office has asked the Alert to announce that the following DNR RAP line is in place to receive reports of off-road and beach driving on Elberta Beach property and elsewhere along the shore and dunes. The fine for driving off the lot and gravel road that ends at the Sand Products property is $1,000. If you see a vehicle being operated on the beach or dunes, please ascertain the license plate number and call 800-292-7800. Driving off the designated road is a violation of federal, state, and Village law.”

Stay off our beach!  😦