Monday, September 15, 2008

Part 1 - Michigan trip

I took 290 pictures while in Michigan. That should be good for at least a couple of posts, don't you think? This 1st picture was firewood that my brother-in-law, Al had at the campground where I stayed with my 2 sisters Vicki & Em, & our Dad.
Vic & Al had lots of fresh produce from their garden, which I happily consumed the whole time I was there.
We celebrated Dad's 88th birthday there, & we girls went together & gave him a new laptop computer for his birthday. Dad still worked full time, as assistant Director for Civil Defense in Muskegon County Michigan, & uses a computer at work all the time. He was tickled to get one for home too.
Em, Dad & Vic checking out the new Com.
We had visits from lots of nieces & nephews while at the campground. This is Kim, Vic & Al's daughter #3.
This is Nick, Landon,Kim, Bradon, (3 of Kim's 4 boys), & her hubby Larry.

Landon reminded me of my oldest Brandon.
Al & I took a good long walk along Lake Michigan, every day while I was at the camp ground.
Each night Al built a beautiful fire.
Sunsets on the big lake were always beautiful.

These are only a small sample of what I shot.
My first class on Friday was Threadplay. I've decided thanks to comments upon entering the class room from several of the students that I should rename it "Clueless Threadplay", because they were all saying they were clueless as to what they were going to be doing when they first got there.
It was fun seeing some of my old friends from PALS.
This one really surprised me when I realized why she seemed familiar. She didn't know me because not only has it been 28 years since we'd last seen each other, my last name has changed. Collen & I were in the same class in Nursing school together. What a nice surprise it was when I realized who she was.
This next picture I'm throwing in to show my DH. It is a car that the great-nephew Landon built with his Dad Larry.
I thought this picture of Lake Michigan, taken from the bluff above the beach was interesting, because of the star effect of the sun. I didn't use any filter, it just happened.
One evening there were so many boats out salmon fishing it looked like a small city floating on the water.
I had a great time visiting with family & friends. Classes were all full & fun. I ran from dawn to well after dusk every night. I ate well, I exercised & I have crashed & rested for my first 2 days at home. It was a grand time, & now I am engrossed in the Twilight series of books, which I started on my flight back to Alaska. My friend Kathy, who I stayed with during the classes told me her daughter got her started on them, & my DD mentioned how good they were, so now I am engrossed in the vampire & werewolf saga! Who would've thought!


Delighted Hands said...

Welcome home! Looks like you had a very busy and productive time-family, friends and food--what more could you ask for?! Loved the sunsets........great photography!

Kay said...

Beautiful pictures. And what a remarkable man your father must be! How wonderful for your family.

Allison Ann Aller said...

Looks like an awesome trip, Deb. Love seeing the big lake of course...what campground were you at?

Very glad your classes went well...and that you got home safe and sound.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful trip! The lake is beautiful. You got some great shots!!! Dad and his laptop delighted me. Nice to see the old folks embracing technology.

Gaia Quilter said...

I see the pictures I took of you are a little fuzzy, next time could you buy a camera with an automatic lens!

mindy said...

Welcome Home! Glad you did your my knee is swollen and painful...
Hope loved that book she'll have someone to discuss it with.
Nice pics....your dad is amazing!

Steph said...

I am reading Breakin Dawn the last book of that saga and Love it, can't wait for the movie to come out in December.

Sounds like you had a great time ont your trip WELCOME HOME DEB!

MYRA said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your family, camping, and all...
What beautiful photos you came home with. Gorgeous! Some could even be blown up for a nice display on a wall!

laura west kong said...

Wow! Looks like a marvelous time!