This week’s travel theme was about bridges. Now, I could have grabbed a few pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge or even the Bay Bridge here in San Francisco. I could have grabbed one of the many bridges in Chicago that crisscross the Chicago River. Instead, I chose a bridge that is located in one of the most beautiful places in the world according to me- Sleeping Bear Dunes, in Glen Arbor, Michigan.
There is something so special about going “Up North” for the weekend. As a child, I would spend the weekends playing with the other “cabin kids” from sun-up to sun-down. We would swim, bike, hike, and cook hot dogs over a bonfire. It was non-stop action all weekend long, and I remember being so upset every Sunday when I had to say goodbye to my summer friends for the week.
Now as an adult, I went “Up North” to dull the noises of adult life. From sitting on a quiet dock reading that really great book, to chatting fireside with a glass of locally made wine, or even getting married in Traverse City, this area has been a blessing for us as a couple and best friends.
If you ever get the chance to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, please take the time and do the driving tour of Pierce Stocking Drive. Along your drive, you will see sweeping views of Lake Michigan, stunning sand dunes, and maybe a covered bridge.
So here is my bridge for this week’s travel theme.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, one of my favorite photos ever taken. How many of us had this poster on their bedroom or dorm room wall? Many a nights did I sigh over the kiss and the lovers in the … Continue reading →
A few weeks ago, Sara published a Weekly Photo Challenge on love, and this week, I siftedthrough and selected some submissions to share for Valentine’s Day. I know some of us don’t celebrate this day, or find such holidays rather cheesy, but I was intrigued by the different perspectives and takes on love and enjoyed your interpretations of this theme, from the traditional to the abstract.
I went for a quick hike recently at Sugarloaf Open Space in Walnut Creek. This is a great spot just outside of the downtown area. While I will say the space is not very large, it was still nice to get outside and move around. The hills were a bit steep in some areas, so bring a walking stick or make sure to take a break along the way. And it was a bit muddy when I was there, so bring your hiking shoes or a pair of old trainers.
I will also say there was a nice picnic table area and a few benches situated along the trails. Great for a light lunch or a quick snack. Also bring your camera along! Great views of Mt. Diablo off to the East.
And one quick picture from my visit. This spot made me long for a journal to write in, a good book to read, and possible a good glass of wine to watch the sunset.