Monday, November 2, 2009
Cold, Wild Winds
This past weekend we went to Traverse City. Traverse City is at the top of the mitten near the little finger of Michigan and is known for cherries and it's wineries. It's a beautiful spot and is a favorite of most Michiganders.
We set out on a wine tasting trip but it wasn't a great day for that, just because we had to run in and out of buildings dodging raindrops. It was cold and miserable. Once inside, each place had a warm fire going in the fireplace. That along with a bit of wine warmed us up quickly until the next time we had to dash to the car.
We visited the Good Harbor Vineyard and also the Ciccone Vineyard and Winery , which is owned by Madonna's family. It ended up being so miserable out that we gave up, went out to eat, and then started for home.
On the way north, we stopped at an observation point to view the Lake and the white caps. The wind was literally roaring, and I could stand next to the railing with my arms out and lean into it as it held me up. We all realized that we must be crazy to be out in this weather.
This is an area called Fish Town in a small city by the name of Leland. The waterfall is a fish ladder which the salmon jump to go back to their spawning grounds. It's fun to watch on a nice sunny day, but on this day just a quick glance was all we needed to satisfy our curiosity.
On a good day you can walk the docks and watch the fishermen at their work. Here are some nets hanging on a rack. The shops were all closed, as it is now past tourist season. I guess that is really a sign that winter is coming soon. But in true Michigan fashion, the next day the sun was out and only light jackets were required, except for a few hardy souls who dressed only in their shirtsleeves hoping to put off wearing winter attire for a little while longer.
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