Saturday I worked on Scott’s photo challenge. He wants to see something compelling about summer in our hometown or state. I think it’s the word compelling that is intimidating me. To go and create a photo that would compel you, my loyal readers, to book travel in my state is a big proposition. Yet I know there is so much here in Michigan that you would love to see.
For many of us down near the city summer means going ‘up north.’ We pack up family and toys and jam our freeways heading north.
So Saturday afternoon I packed my camera and headed north too. Oh I knew I wouldn’t have time to make it to my favorite places, but I thought I’d see how far I got and then I’d augment with photos from my archives.
I got as far as Frankenmuth, a little German town infused with flowers, tourists…
….and famous chicken dinners.
You can buy German cheese….
…or stop at Bronners where it’s Christmas all year round.
Then while traveling cross country I got sucked into my favorite thing to photograph up there.
So I didn’t get any further north, never got to show you Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Or Lake Michigan.
Or Mackinaw Island where all motor transportation is banned and horses haul everything.
Nope. Didn’t find that compelling photograph that will make you want to come visit. But I’m going to rummage through those archives and find something.
Just wait and see.
July 21, 2013 at 8:59 am
What a cute little town!
The barn surrounded by crops speaks “summer” to me!
July 21, 2013 at 9:32 am
That town looks adorable – seems like a great place to have in driving distance when you’d like something different to eat. The Great Lakes are on my “bucket list” and I love your photo featuring water as far as the eye can see.
July 21, 2013 at 9:44 am
OH OH OH – I have been to Frankenmuth and Mackinac Island. We lived in Detroit for a little while when Dave consulted with Chrysler.
July 21, 2013 at 9:57 am
You’re wrong, Dawn. I found the Mackinac horses compelling. I wanna go there!
July 21, 2013 at 10:02 am
Sorry to disagree Dawn, but that final “come along with me” photo is enough to compel me to come visit! Oh to dig my toes into that sand!
July 21, 2013 at 11:29 am
Oh, I want to go to Mackinaw island. It sounds like the place we went skiing in the alps. All horse drawn sleighs.
July 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm
Hey, ALL of this is compelling, Dawn! You brought back some memories of Frankenmuth. Last time I was there was in 1975 to do an article for the Port Huron Times Herald where I worked as an intern. We do live in a beautiful state, don’t we?
July 21, 2013 at 4:39 pm
You had us at cheese.
Essex & Sherman
July 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm
I’ve been to Mackinaw Island and found it charming. I especially LOVE the fudge smell that wafts all over the place! And honestly, your tourism department is doing a fabulous job promoting travel to Michigan — there’s an ad on for michigan.org nearly every time I turn on the TV!!
July 21, 2013 at 8:03 pm
We knew u were gonna say barns being a favorite thing to photograph–and we guessed right.
July 22, 2013 at 9:26 am
The chicken dinners in Frankenmuth are compelling! (And so’s the rest of it – so compelling I moved for it!)