Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

A day at the beach


You all know that my happy place is just about anywhere on the shores of a Great Lake, but especially Point Betsie, a lighthouse on Lake Michigan.

This is Ace, 2 years old, and Deuce who is 10.

It has sentimental value because it was a favorite place for my parents, who camped near it on their honeymoon back in 1952.

Ace likes to swim.

Though when I think about camping in a green army pup tent in October I have to wonder what my dad was thinking.

Mom and Dad at Point Betsie in 1994.

But they stayed married for more than fifty years.

Deuce likes to stay on dry land.

This week I had the opportunity to wander the beach at Point Betsie with a friend and her two cocker spaniels. We had a beautiful day, cool for the dogs but a bit of sun for us.

Ace got to run free for the first time in his life.

I took my camera equipment including the tripod, in case it looked like we’d have stars. My friend was willing to stay up late with me while I tried to capture the Milky Way.

Deuce is an old hand at managing his freedom. (photo credit, Deuce’s mom)

I don’t think she realized how late that would have to be; the Milky Way isn’t really visible until almost morning at this time of year.

A beautiful beach, and no one around.

But as we walked the beach the clouds rolled in and after a few hours of rock hunting, and a great lunch at a park beside the Platt River in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, we decided to head home.

Posing for treats.

The next day I saw beautiful images posted on Facebook of stars and the Northern Lights, taken the night before at Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Sleeping Bear Dunes from the boat launch at the end of the road.

Yep. I told my friend if I ever suggest we head home early she should just kick me.

Sometimes life throws you a curve.

Katie says it serves me right for going on an adventure without her.

There’s always next time.


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.

17 thoughts on “A day at the beach

  1. Ace and Deuce are adorable. Oh, dear–delete this before Katie sees it. You went to the beach without her AND with other dogs?! Oh, Mama…


    • Katie is on mama strike, since mama went and dog sat the two little ruffians up the street earlier, then went out and petted a neighbor dog when he was being walked by his owner. OK. TWO neighbor dogs. Then she went on an ADVENTURE with some other dogs!

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  2. Katie might be right. It always seems to happen that way. I hope the next night sky opportunity comes around for you soon.

    Lovely images. 🙂


    • Skies might be clear tomorrow night. But I have a meeting at noon on Thursday that I want to (have to) not miss, so it will be strategic if I make it out into the dark early Thursday.


  3. Aw, so nice you got to visit at the beach with Ace, Deuce, and their mom. But oh, my, there was a Princess who surely smelled that you’d been “cheating” and probably wasn’t happy about it! Sorry you didn’t get to see the stars, but as you said: next time. By the way, Monkey has NEVER been off-leash like that — don’t even hint that other dogs can handle it, ha!


  4. Beautiful, beautiful pictures, even if they weren’t exactly the ones you were after. Absolutely loved the photos of the dogs. Glad Ace got to run free.


  5. Dawn your images made me feel like I was there. So beautiful


  6. The dogs are posing nicely. Great pictures.


  7. Ace and Deuce are cute as can be. What a duo, wandering the beach, kind of blending with the color of the sand.


  8. Cute dogs, no wonder Katie is jealous! Too bad about missing the Northern Lights….I have missed them too:(


    • I think it’s not easy to stay up all night on the off chance that there may be lights. On the other hand, I wouldn’t mind living (for awhile anyway) in the part of the country that you have a better chance of seeing them!


  9. Ace and Deuce are super dupe. And yet I must admit that I like your photos of the water and the dunes every bit as much as your photos of the night sky … ok maybe even more. I love water. As a 40-some-year boater in the pacific northwest, I love water! Ok, I love camping in my little trailer now too. But mostly I love your photos. 🙂


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