Ushering in the Summer Solstice

In the weeks leading up to today’s first official day of Summer, we were able to squeeze a few fun excursions in between our new-home renovation tasks, on the handful of less-chilly days that mother nature afforded us.

We got in a couple of (unplanned) morel-hunting adventures, including an unexpected detour while hiking the Empire Bluffs trail and the random discovery of about ten in our back yard. Sure, it was at the place we’ll soon be leaving instead of the one we’re heading to, but I’ll take it. πŸ˜‰

We flew a kite – probably not a big deal to most, but it was the first time Jim and I have done that since childhood, and an all-around first for Jackson. We also (and by “we” I really mean Jackson, here) even went swimming. In “our” clothes. More than once.


This week, we paid good and proper tribute to Summer and the warm days that finally seem to be upon us.

Old Mission Peninsula Sunset
On Tuesday evening, we finally ventured back up Old Mission Peninsula (for the first time in about a month – for shame!) to catch the sunset. We missed the actual sinking of the orb, but I’m a bigger fan of the painted-sky after-math, truth be told, and it was beautiful!

Kayaking the Platte River
After work on Wednesday, we joined one of our favorite couples (“Hever-Tonies” in Jackson-ese) for our first kayaking trip of the year. It was probably our most serene venture along the Platte to date, with just a muskrat, some fish, copious birds and a couple of other people joining us (until we got to the raucous group on the shores of Lake Michigan at the end of our journey, at least).

Boat Trip to Power Island
Yesterday, we took an impromptu half-day off from work to join a couple of our favorite TC locals for a trip out to Power Island on West Bay. (Our friend) Jim let me and (my) Jim reel in a couple of lake trout, and Jackson and Everett (friend-Jim’s son) enjoyed some baseball practice on the island shores, where I finally found a couple of sizable petoskey stones. Let’s just say it was hard to come home!

All told, a pretty great lead-up to our late-starting Summer, which I’ve enviously been watching friends further South dabble in for weeks now, care of Facebook.

Today, the rain is setting in, and Heather and I may very well get soaked photographing tomorrow’s Wine & Art Festival, but at least it’s warm, so I’m not complaining! Just maybe basking in the sun vicariously for a few more days. πŸ˜‰

Hope your summer is off to a great start!

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4 thoughts on “Ushering in the Summer Solstice

  1. Heather says:

    Great hike-turned-hunt and best Platte trip thus far πŸ™‚
    We totally live in Narnia, and I love it!!

  2. Linda Clifton says:

    Wonderful! I miss visiting up there!

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