Yes, I know, I know! I've been back from Michigan almost an entire week and I haven't posted anything yet. I am going to rectify that for sure today (and probably later today too). The week in Elk Rapids, Michigan was wonderful, as usual, with all my friends, and I made some new ones, too. My local friend Carol and I arrived on Sunday and met up with Wendy from California. We toodled around, got our groceries, kicked back and relaxed on Sunday night. On Monday, we decided to drive around the Leelanau peninsula which included the Sleeping Bear Dunes, a lighthouse stop, as well as our favorite place for cherry pie.
|We started at Traverse City, then drove north to the point|
|That's me, just halfway up the interior side of the dune.|
|Wendy, Carol, and Sharon at the base of the dunes.|
A beautiful drive about 7 miles further to the northernmost point of the peninsula brought us to the Grand Traverse Lighthouse at Northport. A beautiful and rugged part of the peninsula, but we were the only ones there. It was so peaceful and relaxing, we could have just curled up and stayed the rest of the day!
|Suttons Bay Florist shop lawn|
Tuesday was the first day of the retreat, with people arriving, and we still had time to play around until late afternoon. We did a little more shopping and antiquing here and there. Of course, no trip to this part of the country isn't complete for me unless I go to Charlevoix. I just love this little town, and the quilt shop there is just lovely! Hearts to Holly always remembers us from year to year, and they have a marvelous selection of stuff that is very tempting!
So, back to the lodge, and here's the view from our window we had while sewing. I'd post another picture of the view from our window, but it's much the same - the trees were just in a different place!
|View of Elk Lake from our window every day.|
Each year, Gwen brings a quilt and has it in the frame. This year, there was a hand quilting demonstration as Nancy, Dawn, Marge and Unis quilted in the afternoon one day. I think it was more a Tom Sawyer move on Gwen's part!
|Quilting Bee at the retreat|
That's it for this installment. More pictures and tall tales to follow soon!