Monday, April 23, 2012

Tour My Town

 

 

I LOVE to walk.

I would walk every day if it were possible.

There is rarely a problem that a nice, long walk can’t make at least a little better.

Lately I am finding this peaceful time to myself especially helpful. The monster that is our son’s autism has decided to wreak a bit of havoc on our lives. We are staring down the long road of adolescence, wondering how we are going to do this…praying for a shortcut. I find myself caught between tears and screaming most days.

But…enough about that!

Back to my happy place…or places!

We live in a relatively small town situated on Little Traverse Bay, which is part of Lake Michigan. It is a prime tourist destination in the summer. When you see the pictures you will know why! The town itself is laced with high-end boutiques, quaint specialty and gift shops, and a few small restaurants and bistros.

On the weekdays, either after work, or after I drop Lily off at preschool, I walk 4 or 5 miles around town.

Today, I decided to take pictures along my normal route. So I could sort of take you along!

Enjoy!

 

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This is the park across from Gabe’s school.

 

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I LOVE this house…set back from the road, and gated, it has an AWESOME view of the Bay. Or at least I assume…I really didn’t want to sneak onto the property and take an actual peek.

 

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When I pass this century old house, I always admire the gorgeous porch and lovely landscaping. There is something about a big old porch that whispers relaxing.

 

 

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Here is one of my favorite houses. It is pretty little craftsman, in a nice, neutral color.

I tried to get a picture of my absolute FAVORITE house…but the homeowner was doing some gardening…and I didn’t really want to look like a weirdo.

 

A little side story (I do those a lot, don’t I?)…

I sometimes (well…always) like to make up little stories in my head about what the homeowners of certain houses are like.

Weird?

I know!

But, you can tell a lot about a people from looking at there home…or at least you can certainly make up a lot about people…haha!

Did that just completely discredit me in your minds? I hope not…

 

Anyways…

On with the tour…

 

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This is the historic, Perry Hotel, Can you spot the trolley?

 

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One of the old train depots, which has been converted to an office building.

 

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Ahhh…Little Traverse Bay. A statue of Ignatius Petoskey, the Odawa Chief for whom our city was named, overlooks the sapphire splendor.

 

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Gorgeous. Now you see why I LOVE to walk…I am motivated by breathtaking scenery.

 

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The waterfront…

 

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a popular wedding photo destination…

 

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especially this waterfall.

 

waterfront

 

I swear the sky is bluer here!

 

The next few photos are in the shopping/restaurant areas.

 

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I would have taken a few more…but road construction was ruining the scenery.

 

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The gazebo in the park.

 

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White picket fences.

 

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Spring gardens.

 

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Tree lined streets.

 

 

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It seriously doesn’t get much better than this.

 

Being an amateur (stinky) photographer, with a mere Canon Powershot…I was unable to capture the true beauty.

I hope you weren’t bored to tears. Haha!

 

Happy Monday!!

 

Jessie

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