Friday, June 29, 2012

Postcards from Michigan: Dinner with Friends

Photo Credit: Ken Sytsma

Our friend Pebbles cooked the most wonderful dinner for us. We had a great time and got to see Bob again! Could this be the tough marine that we know and love?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Postcards from Michigan: Children Learning

Oh, how I love this sign at Au Sable, even if it is falling apart.
What memories of all those children coming for a special day in the woods!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Postcards from Michigan: Hitching a Ride

Photo Credit: Ken Sytsma
Pieter has had so much fun with his new friend, Kiera. At four and a half, she is quite a kayaker. Pieter loves hitching rides with her.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Postcards from Michigan: More 'Smores!

{stylish 'smores with Bob and Becky}
{well, if you can't have 'smores, how about a bib?}
We are having so much fun visiting our Michigan friends!

Postcards from Michigan: Visiting Wagbo

{nest at the farm}
Thirteen years ago Ben worked at Wagbo Peace Center, as it was known then, with Rick and Tracy Meisterheim. He made gallons and gallons of maple syrup, sawed wood at the mill and did lots of daily chores like milking the cows and feeding the chickens. While it is not a working farm now, it was still fun to see and visit. The current board is still making maple syrup and holding various workshops. We happened to come by during a Goat Skill Swap day.

Postcards from Michigan: Backpacking the Baby

{Jordan River Valley - oh, how I love these green forests and sandy paths}
{what happens when you forget the baby carrier, but the husband has his backpack with plant collecting supplies}
{Bog Wintergreen, Pyrola asarifolia}
{Showy Lady's Slipper, Cypripedium reginae}
{Wood Lily, Lilum philadelphicum}
{nurse logs on the spring-fed Jordan River}

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Postcards from Michigan: 'Smores

{a proper toasting}
{a proper building}
{a proper messy smile!}

Our afternoon of playing in the sun with Becky, Nate, and Elija was followed up with dinner at Dick and Mary's house. And then by the best ever dessert!

Postcards from Michigan: Splashing with Becky

Becky, Nate and Elija came up for a visit and we had a great day with them. Becky proved to be the best splashing buddy around! Meanwhile, Nate and Elija sailed the lake in style.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Postcards from Michigan: Evening Sun

Photo Credit: Ken Sytsma
After dinner means more playtime in Michigan, since the sun doesn't set until 10pm. 
Pieter would always get in a little bit more water time with the big boys in the evening.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Postcards from Michigan: Strawberry Picking

For the last three years I've been able to pick strawberries in Michigan and take home strawberry jam. This year was even better when we found organic strawberries to pick at Providence Farm in Central Lake, just down the road from our favorite cherry orchard!  
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