Wednesday, September 24, 2008

September Sisters and the End of Summer

My sister-in-laws and I took a long weekend in Michigan and returned yesterday.  We splurged on the Lake Express ferry from Milwaukee to Muskegon, then drove north to the Leelanau peninsula.  We found a nice B&B, then just drove, hiked, sampled wine and chocolate covered cherries.

Over the weekend we celebrated a birthday (not mine), and the end of summer.  This scene was from a funky general store on the Old Mission peninsula.  The folks ahead of us bought their last pasties, but I did get a cherry ice cream cone.  Even if the calendar said autumn, it felt like a summer afternoon.

Water, water everywhere.   Leland interested me because of the vintage fishing boats, which used to be common on the Great Lakes.  I took this picture from the Cove restaurant in Leland, Michigan. We had delicious whitefish dinners, and I tried one of their "Chubby Mary" drinks. Don't know what came over me; it was a bloody Mary with a smoked chub in it.  I fished the critter out, and ate it with Saltines.  It tasted OK, but not something I ever need to try again.

Our B&B was on a country road, and at night we heard coyotes yipping.  It was a comfortable old farmhouse, remodeled by the new owners who provided elegant breakfasts, and who had bookshelves stocked with novels.  I made it halfway through Julia Alvarez's Yo! and now need to get to the library to finish it.

I haven't posted  a poem in ages.  I found this one in the calendar I use as a daily journal - the 2008 Wisconsin Poets Calendar.

Last Day of Summer, by Mary L. Downs

I begged her to stay
Bought her a new swimsuit
beach umbrella and sandals
Served lunch alfresco
with champagne  Pavlova
for dessert

She thanked me as she left
for siesta  didn't tell me
that her bag was packed
that she planned to slip away
when late afternoon
melded into twilight

That she would sail off tonight
with a chevron of geese
honking its way south


Anonymous said...

Sounds like fun. I love to try B & B's all over the country

MissDaisyAnne said...

Thank you, I feel as if I too just took a lovely, relaxing trip.

Sharon said...

What a very pleasant weekend. And I like the poem.