Saturday, October 1, 2011

Project 365, September Edition, Part 2

This past week we enjoyed a few days in Ludington. Dear friends who own a cottage on Lake Michigan have let us use it numerous times over the years. We didn't think we'd be able to go up this time but they offered it at the perfect time, and we were able to get away. Yay!

We'd already planned to spend Monday and Tuesday with friends from Charlotte, and they were able to join us at Epworth for those two days. It's always fun sharing a special place with special people :)

First up are photos of a few of the rooms. I can't possibly do the place justice with mere photos, but this is the best I can do.

The living room (windows look out to Lake Michigan):
Dining area (mural painted by a former Hillsdale College student, depicting Epworth Heights and the surrounding coastline):
Long galley style kitchen (take note of the wood inlay of the S.S. Badger):
One of the bedrooms (window overlooks Lake Michigan):
Upstairs bath:
It rained a good deal of the time, but we did manage a couple of walks around Epworth.
There are 105 stairs leading down to the beach from this end of Epworth.
(I think there's only about 20 steps leading down to the beach at the other end of Epworth, where our friends' cottage is located.)

Adrene has a thing for rocks, both collecting and climbing on them. Can you see the lighthouse out behind her?

Ivan and Richard were checking to see if there were any salmon heading up the river, but the water was too murky.

Can you tell what this is?
That's the footprint of a Sand Hill crane! Those birds have HUGE feet! You can't tell from the photo, but that's about 7-8" long.

Ivan used the auto-timer on the camera to take this shot of all four of us:
After the walk we enjoyed relaxing out on the deck:

From the kitchen you can see the swing.
That's one of my favorite spots to sit and read -- when the weather cooperates, that is.

Tuesday evening we went into town to see the S. S. Badger coming in. It's the ferry that travels between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, which is straight across Lake Michigan.
It's a pretty big boat, as you can tell from this next shot showing the big rigs down below, parked so they're ready to drive off once they dock.

On Wednesday night Ivan took some stunning sunset photos. This one is my favorite:

We returned to Jonesville on Thursday, driving through lots of rain on the way. We're very grateful for the days in Ludington. Now you can understand why it's one of our favorite places!


Mari said...

What a beautiful cottage! I love your shots of the badger coming in too and Ivan's sunset picture is stunning!


AWESOME pictures. The cottage looked so wonderful and inviting. The sunset was amazing.

sara said...

oh my word, those pictures are beautiful!!! what a wonderful place to be able to rest and relax!!!

the sunset was absolutely gorgeous!!!! wow!

Betty said...

Stunning sunset!! Now I understand,yes. :)

Oldfangled said...

All of that looks so beautiful and relaxing.

The Bug said...

Wow that's a gorgeous place! I wouldn't have cared if it rained - just enjoying the porch & the view would be great.

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Who would ever want to leave such a wonderful was just to awesome! Peaceful...sounds lovely!

That sunset was amazing!


rita said...

That would be a fun and beautiful route to take to go to Wisconsin!
Hey, let us know next time in Ludington ;)