We’re currently nearing the end of what is hopefully our last stretch of hot weather for this year. School has started, and in my mind, that means cooler days, chilly nights and fall leaves.
A few days ago, I journeyed a mile or so outside of town to have a look around.
While not needing to drive to work everyday is certainly a nice convenience, and a welcome break to our gas bill, I find that I have to make the effort to get out of the house to check out the world around me.
On this day, I was reminded that while many look around the state and see only cornfields, there is beauty here.
In May, Mike and I took a trip east to Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. On our way out, we planned to stop to visit family in southern Michigan. Heading north just outside of Chicago, we came across a sign for the Indiana National Lakeshore. So we took a detour and were not disappointed.
This relatively secluded stretch of beach was an unexpected surprise. It was a treat to kick off my shoes and walk barefoot on a beach after a long day of driving. The Chicago skyline across Lake Michigan was a bonus.
After a short walk on the beach, we hit the road again and headed into Michigan. My aunt and uncle live in a great old stone farmhouse just outside a small town near Battle Creek. After a relaxing evening visiting, we continued our trip, heading east into Ohio. But not before snapping a few pics of John & Susie’s great old barn.