Showing posts from October, 2021

Leelanau ... In Essence

North Bar Lake Outlet To Lake Michigan - Courtesy Of Michigan.Org Leelanau, ... In its autumn quietude, Is a place to contemplate The essence of things.... The tree-ness of trees. The dune-ness of dunes. The lake-ness of lakes. The me-ness of me. And to realize that - But for the perfect mixture  Of hydrogen atoms and energy At the beginning of time - Creating the soup for my existence, I could have been ... A lake, A dune Or a tree, ... Instead of me. Majestic and beautiful, Yes, ... But unable  To reflect upon My essence. See You In Leelanau Up North, Chris                     Visit A Leelanau Landmark:  Late breaking fall colors now                     showing at a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore                      near you.   Catch the autumn splendor the while it lasts. CLICK  'SUBSCRIBE'  AND  ENJOY  LEELANAU  UP  NORTH  EVERY  TWO  WEEKS!

In Leelanau, ... An Amish Story

Courtesy  Of Perched 450 feet above Lake Michigan is the famous scenic overlook number nine on the Pierce Stocking Drive. Visitors are warned not to climb down the nearly vertical dune, lest they require an expensive  rescue by the coast guard.  (Going rate: $2,800.00 per person.) Undeterred, a group of Amish people - perhaps fifteen men, women and children - descended this mountain of sand in single file.   Despite the heat and the arduous trek, they were dressed in their traditional garb - men and boys in suspendered trousers, collared shirts and straw hats; women and girls in full dresses, aprons and hair concealing bonnets. Not a selfie or smartphone could be found among this crowd.. We didn't wait to see their grueling ascent - apparently successful, as there was no news of an Amish clan stranded on the beach below. It took some grit (and perhaps a little gaffe) to accomplish such a risky climb. B ut then, ... the Amish are known for their grit. For the