Friday, August 7, 2009

Beautiful Michigan: Muskegon

Yesterday Franny got up a bit earlier than usual, so she got up from her nap a bit earlier than usual as well, and since it was a beautiful day, I decided to drive out to Muskegon to see the Lighthouses. Access to this beach in Muskegon is free, as its owned by the city, and there is a very long pier and two lighthouses. It was a gorgeous day, and the water was so blue. It makes me love Michigan. Though you can probably tell that I already love Michigan. Anyway, here are the pics I took from our beautiful afternoon. In the past, Frances has been a bit hesitant about venturing out at the beach, but this time she was happy to run along the pier, and if anything, she was a bit mad when I insisted on carrying her when there were no ropes or fences to keep her from going over the edge.
There is a very long pier which is bordered by rocks
This is the OTHER Lighthouse, seen from across Muskegon Lake. I didn't drive out far enough to get to this lighthouse.
Frances was mesmerized, watching the waves wash against the rocks.
This is what we get when we tell Frances to smile for a picture. It is cute in small doses.
Here she is looking very cute and girly...
Someone on the pier snapped this picture for us.

And I just thought this would make a good picture.
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Monday, August 3, 2009

Weekend at the cottage...

Here are some pics I took during the weekend, when we were at our cottage.
These two pictures are a bit experimental, I but kind of like them. It was Saturday afternoon and we were leaving for mass. Though I'm not Roman Catholic, I sort of like being able to go to church on Saturday afternoons, because it leaves us every excuse, then, to sleep in on Sunday mornings. Anyway, the picture is a bit unorthodox, but so what? Its not always easy to get all three of us in a picture, but if there is a mirror, there is always a way to do it.

Don't let the stained glass fool you, these pictures were actually taken in what used to be a bar. After mass, we went to have dinner at Sam's Joint, which is where these pictures were taken. Sam's Joint Restaurant is in what used to be known as the Aero Tavern, and the place is full of stained glass windows and lots of taxidermied animals. It has a lot of local flavor. All of the Sam's Joints have a lot of local flavor. Anyway, I liked the stained glass window and thought it would make a good picture, but Frances was feeling insecure, and thus, she wasn't best pleased to be sat down on a table and have her daddy walk away from her. Oh well.
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