We hiked the trail downstream, then back upstream to the bridge. While I read the writing on the wall, Jason searched the nooks & crannies for traces of black sand. Yes, there could be gold in them there hills! Gold can be found throughout Michigan. It was left by glacial deposits but a few lode deposits are also known to exist.
Presque Isle - Our Final Destination
Breathtaking, isn't it? But wait...there's more!
Our friends also have a view of the New Presque Isle Lighthouse.
Constructed in 1870, the New Presque Isle Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse tower accessible to the public on the Great Lakes. It is located on the shores of Lake Huron near Presque Isle Harbor. I can see now a return trip is in order. There's so much more to explore!
Summer may be over but our Pillywiggin Adventures are not.
Autumn is our favorite season to explore Northern Michigan.
Who knows where we'll turn up next?!
We just returned from our annual camping party with a great group of friends. We camp out in the boonies near Comins, MI. The property includes a private lake and the wildlife is abundant. Deer, turkey, raccoon & bear come in daily. This year we were treated to an extra special visitor, a Blanding's Turtle.
Blanding's Turtles are semi-aquatic turtles native to the central & eastern portions of the United States & Canada. Named after Dr. William Blanding, the American naturalist who first observed this species, Blanding's Turtles are an endangered species throughout most of the areas they inhabit.
Blanding's Turtles are unique because they show little to no signs of aging. Because of its size we can safely assume this turtle is old. But how old is anyone's guess. Blanding's Turtles reach sexual maturity after 14 to 20 years and can breed into their 80's!
Blanding's Turtle Identification
Watch the Video Below to See a Blanding's Turtle In Action
Another great catch for Jason!
Last weekend we celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary.
Life with Jason certainly has been an adventure.
But I never imagined our lives would become a Pillywiggins Adventure.
Yet here we are...
Living Happily Ever After
I spent Memorial Weekend with my folk's on the farm. The 3 hour drive puts them a few weeks ahead in the growing (ALLERGY!) season. I noticed an abundance of cottonwood fuzzies floating in the air around Clare so I decided I better pick up some allergy meds. I'm so glad I did. The trails on the farm were blanketed with fuzz.
The gardens were exploding with blooms & yummy treats. My mom is an awesome cook. I ate my fill of fresh asparagus & morel mushrooms picked on the farm. Morels cooked my favorite way, dredged in flour & pan-fried in butter until crispy. Yum! I was one of many hungry travelers eating well that day. Hummingbirds buzzed the porch feeders. Bumblebees feasted on bleeding heart nectar & the lilacs were covered in hummingbird moths. I was lucky to catch photos of both in flight.
I have wonderful memories of my great-grandparents. I was blessed to have them in my life for many years. Great-Grandpa was 82 when he passed. He would be 118 if he were alive today. His infant brother passed when Great-Grandpa was just a child. We're not sure when the lamb was placed but it's likely the lamb is over 100 years old. Here's a photo of my Great-Grandpa & his family taken sometime in the early 1900's. (Great-Grandpa is the little blonde boy with the serious expression.)
It was a wonderful weekend making memories with my family, honoring the memory of my loved ones, and paying tribute to our Nation's Fallen Heroes, the brave men & women who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may all live free. Please, honor their memory by helping the living. Support your local Veterans organizations!
Greetings! My name is Julie. I'm a bookkeeper by trade, an artisan by choice & the author of this blog by default. :)