Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Coasting down Michigan’s western shore


Last Sunday a friend and I drove north and west to see Point Betsie with it’s lighthouse in winter. We were hoping to see some waves and some ice, and we saw a bit of each.

Taken by my friend, look how she caught that wave action!

On Monday we meandered under a blue sky down the western coast of Michigan, enjoying the shore and beaches at several parks along the way.

Lake fog danced on the relatively warm water in the single digit air temperatures.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to show you some of the beautiful sights we saw. There are so many it’s hard to choose what to share.

The view was worth the climb!

We stopped across the river from Frankfort early in the day and admired their tugboats…

Tugboats waiting for spring.

…and the lighthouse against the dark sky.

The white buildings pop against the darkening sky.

Then we drove up to a bluff overlooking the harbor and the sun came out. I was a bit scared to drive up the steep, snow covered road, but the view was absolutely worth it.

From up on the bluff.

The early light made the lighthouse glow out there in the blue lake.

Further down the coast Ludington’s shoreline held lots of lovely sights. Even with all the wonderful white snow and blue water, this was one of my favorite shots:

Shadows mimic fence.

And this, the ice on the railing, deserves some attention too.

Ice interest.

So many pretty things to see, I put together a little slide show.

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Our last stop was Muskegon State Park where the views weren’t as stunning, but still very interesting.

A lonely tree on a lonely beach.

We had such a fun time wandering the coast of Michigan even though we didn’t get it all done. That just means we have something to anticipate some weekend when the sun shines and the lake glows.

Oh, and just for me, we stopped along the way for a photo of a barn.

Every road trip needs at least one barn.

I’m looking forward to our continued adventure. It’s nice when you can make something out of a cold winter weekend in the north.

Colors out of this world.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

23 thoughts on “Coasting down Michigan’s western shore

  1. You captured some stunning sights, Dawn. Just beautiful. And cold.


    • The first day, at Point Betsie it was -15 or something windchill. Now THAT was cold! The second day the wind was less and the sun was out which made all the difference. I think it got to 12 or something that day.

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  2. A lot of beautiful photos. It looks cold! When I was a kid we used to do “boys week out” fishing trips to that region, to a small lake not far from the lighthouse, Lake Ann, though when we visited “the coast” we’d usually go a little farther up to Sleeping Bear Dunes.


  3. So many beautiful sights it looks worth braving the frigid temps. So funny to see the tugboats in iced over water. Around here the most we get is slightly frozen small ponds, and even that is only every few years. Gorgeous photos. I think my favorite is all the ice on the railing in the slideshow, but I really like your favorite of the snow and fence too.


  4. Oh those photos are beautiful Dawn! I love the one looking down the stairs. And I love looking at them from the warmth and comfort of my living room. 🙂


  5. Beautiful photos, Dawn. But that ice….!!


  6. OMGosh Dawn. Just fantastically beautiful pictures.


  7. You are crazy. And I’m so glad. Keep up the adventures and photo reporting! I’ve been swearing that I’d be retiring in Maine, but you make Maine look like a tarnished jewel next to Michigan!!!


    • Oh Maine is absolutely beautiful, and I’m sure it’s stunning in winter. But I don’t think oceans freeze, and over here in Michigan you have all that potential organic ice sculpting stuff.


  8. Beautiful pictures! I’m pretty much a stay at home til spring kind of person.


  9. Wow. The ice is amazing, what a beautiful place.


  10. Dawn, these would be outstanding additions to the Pure Michigan ad campaign! I wonder if they’re soliciting any photos from residents (for pay and credit, of course!) Such stunning scenery. You’re mighty brave to venture out in that cold with a camera!!


    • It helped that I wasn’t by myself. Probably wouldn’t have ventured to all the places we did if I had been driving myself. But I’m glad we went and I wish the days had been longer so that we could have explored more!

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  11. Beautiful images, Dawn. It’s hard to pick a favorite but the one with the sunlight shining through the ice on the railing is stunning.


  12. What a nice outing! I enjoyed your photos!

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