"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you
didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away
from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover."

-Mark Twain

Friday, August 28, 2009


Arrived in Charlevoix on Wed, after a couple days on Beaver Island. Charlevoix is a much larger town than the previous towns we have been to, and it is very pretty. The downtown is lined with all sorts of small stores, restaurants, and ice cream shops, my favorite. The city docks are right in the middle of the downtown area on "Round Lake" which then connects to "Lake Charlevoix". To get to Round Lake we went down the channel from lake Michigan and thru a bascule bridge which emptied into Round Lake. We ended up staying two days because it was such a nice place to explore, and we had laundry to do. Our bikes are getting a work out, it is the best way to see everything, at a leisurely pace. I do wonder who designs these bike seats, someone with a skinny butt I'll bet. The funny roof on the house in the picture is a style, they are called "mushroom houses". The other house picture is a sample of what you will find on round lake.
We left Charlevoix today, Lake Michigan was unbelievably calm. The next stop was suppose to be Leeland, but with the lake like glass we decided to push on to Frankfort, MI which is about 77 miles south of Charlevoix. This is a small resort town, and by the weather forecast that we are hearing it looks like we will be staying for a few days due to 5 - 8 footers they are predicting for tomorrow. Remember to double click on the pictures to enlarge them, and have a great weekend everyone.


Joann said...

Hi Mary and Jim!
Looks like you're having a great time! I really love your pix-keep 'em coming! Things are well here. Leah and Dan (the marine boyfriend) have been visiting. He's recovering from surgery to repair his feet. (Injury from Iraq). He's a great guy. The girls are getting ready for college to start, and James has just begun his final year! YEAH! Will catch up with you again. Take care. Ps. The snakes were really yucky. :) love, joann

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary & Jim,

What great pics. Luv seeing them at all your stops and the interesting info you provide. I think I could get used to doing that. Do either of you ever get seasick when it gets rough? Probably not, huh? My bro is back in Las Vegas and I am enjoying the quiet time with my cat, at least until I figure out what to do next.
Talk to you soon on your next travelogue.

Luv Ya, Sheron

Anonymous said...

OK so I just can't help it....forgive me, but you guys suck! The trip just started and each place is better than the next and the landscape and pix look great. Of course I am jealous! Yes, I await a cold crappy Cleveland winter with 3 kiddies in school bringing homework every night after a long day at work. Let me say out loud, I love my life, I love my life! Whew, survived that moment....smile. OK seriously, glad you two are having a blast and thrilled you're enjoying each port! Safe travels!
Love Sue... PS Ed says hello and is just shaking his head!

Anonymous said...

Hey, Lance & Lancette,

Suck it up & get on those bikes!
After about 100 - 150 miles your cheeks start to conform to the shape of the saddle (be sure to post photos when that happens).

Mary, be sure to run Jim's but up those sand dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes.

And what is this clear blue water you speak of? Certainly it isn't clearer than good ol' Aurora Lake - where the catfish are big and the skinney dippers are nervous!

Enjoy that Fudge Buzz!