On the Road Again

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The car was fully loaded, leaving just enough room for Jay and me.  The back seat held a small cooler for drinks, 2 camera bags, 2 duffle bags, and a bag of snacks.  In the trunk was a large cooler with food for the next few days, linens, hiking boots, a tote loaded with plate’s cups and silverware, and our coats.

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Jay and I were heading north on a 5 day excursion.  The trip began with torrential downpours and lots of traffic.  Our first stop made it all worth it when we got a chance to hang out with family and have pizza for dinner. 

The next morning we were up with the sun and back on the road.  Our destination, Michigan was still over 7 hours away.  We encountered more rain, more traffic and road construction.  Still we managed to arrive in Holland Michigan in time to cruise the downtown area, find an array of tulips and find our cabin before sunset.

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Jay and I were heading north on a 5 day excursion.  The trip began with torrential downpours and lots of traffic.  Our first stop made it all worth it when we got a chance to hang out with family and have pizza for dinner. 

The next morning we were up with the sun and back on the road.  Our destination, Michigan was still over 7 hours away.  We encountered more rain, more traffic and road construction.  Still we managed to arrive in Holland Michigan in time to cruise the downtown area, find an array of tulips and find our cabin before we were encompassed by darkness.

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We were up were up with the sun and on the hunt for critters to photograph.  Thanks to some informative birdwatchers we had a new destination. Just 2 hours away there were Heron, Cranes and several other critters building nests and settling in for a while.   As usual local people had the best information and we found some very co operative cranes and their friends.

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We returned to our cabin in time to watch the sunset over lake Michigan accompanied by hundreds of people who had the same plan.  The following day was filled with black squirrels, geese, ducks, a muskrat, and a stop to tour a working windmill.  It was imported from Holland decades ago and they still grind flower there every week. 

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Our last day was mostly driving toward home.  We did stop for a while to see the cranes, and Herons one more time to help break up the trip. 

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By the time we returned home we had traveled 1822 miles.  I had clicked off 17 rolls of film and captured 28 different types of critters.  Now I am ready to do it again.    

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22 Responses to On the Road Again

  1. This sounds like a fun trip. I’m glad you had a good time.

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    • S. J. Brown says:

      It was fun. It also reminded us that accommodation are not always what they are advertised as. Our secluded cabins in the off season wasn’t secluded at all. But since we didn’t spend much time there it didn’t matter.

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  2. What a fun trip! It’s always great to see nature and wild animals.

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  3. S. J. Brown says:

    Yes, It is even better when the critters co operate.

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  4. Sounds like a relaxing trip. You have some great photos of the wildlife. I’ve never heard of Holland, Michigan but it sounds great with the tulips and windmills.

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    • S. J. Brown says:

      The town of Holland and the windmill were featured on a PBS special. That got us looking into the area. Glad you liked the photos.

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  5. Nancy Jardine says:

    You’ve shared a beautiful record of your trip- fab photos as always, SJ. I love the little furry one but am not sure what it is.

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    • S. J. Brown says:

      That little furry raccoon and I hung out together for several minutes, which is rare. It’s moments like that that make what I do special.

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  6. Neva Bodin says:

    Sounds like a fun spirit renewing trip. Loved the photos. This past weekend we camped for two nights near a huge reservoir. The water was high and near a shallow end not often covered with water, with grass being covered by the water there now, a muskrat was watching a group of carp scrambling for some kind of obviously cherished food on the ground. Their backs were sticking out of the water an inch or more. Of course, the one ride where I forgot my camera!

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    • S. J. Brown says:

      Never, never, never leave home without your camera. It does sound like it was pretty neat to sit and watch things unfold.

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  7. I’m interested in knowing, what do they grind the flowers for, is it popourri?

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  8. Sounds like an awesome and amazing trip, Sue! One day, I’d like to do more of this type of thing. Thanks for sharing the photos — I LOVE the crane shot!!

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    • S. J. Brown says:

      Someday is now. We started with just day trips an hour or two away and slowly expanded. Once or twice a year we do big trips now but still do day trips. There are so many places to explore.

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  9. Mike Staton says:

    Michigan’s a great state for wildlife. I have cousins living there, and they love the outdoors. They’re great hikers, etc. When I was young, we’d spend part of the summer vacationing with them at their home on Wolf Lake. I have fabulous memories of those days.

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    • S. J. Brown says:

      It turns out every state is a good place for wildlife. Some states it’s a bit more challenging to find critters, but they everywhere. I would like to go further north into Michigan on another trip. But then most states I visit I want to return to explore another area.

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  10. Kathy Waller says:

    Great post, S. J. Sounds like a fun trip. I’ve always been fascinated with raccoons. There used to be a lot along the river near where I lived, but the only animals that ever came up to the house were a skunk and a baby possum that wanted their share of the catfood. And lots of armadillos that dug holes in the grass and banged on the pipes under the house at night, and upset the dogs.

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    • S. J. Brown says:

      It was a fun trip. The raccoon was pure luck, right time, right place. I was headed to the car when Jay spotted him.

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  11. Wranglers says:

    You had a great trip. Someday you’ll have to venture to Florida to visit me. Great photos. Cher’ley

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