Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful

Beaver Island sunset (© Huffygirl 2012)

Straits of Mackinac (© Huffygirl 2012)

I chose photos from two of the most peaceful places I’ve been for this week’s photo challenge. The first photo is sunset on Beaver Island, Michigan. Beaver Island is off the west coast of Michigan, about where the little finger is on the mitten. It’s a two-hour boat ride to get there. Life there is slow. There’s not much to do, except enjoy the scenery and outdoor activities of the island, and eat and drink  at the Shamrock Restaurant and Pub, (which  I contend is the home of world’s best hamburger,) or at one of the other local pubs and restaurants. When we traveled there, we left our car behind, so had to rely on our bikes or walking to get around. It was definitely a peaceful trip.

The second photo is in Mackinaw City, Michigan, where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet at the Straits of Mackinac. Mackinaw City is a touristy spot, full of hustle and bustle: the hub for ferry boats to Mackinac Island, and the jumping off point to the cross the bridge to the upper peninsula. But spending a few quiet minutes sitting at the Straits Beach, watching the lapping waters and slow trawlers making their way below the bridge,  is enough to help you put the all that aside and enjoy the peacefulness that only sitting by water can bring.

© Huffygirl 2012


36 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful

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  4. We’ve been to the Straits beach and seen that view; it’s fantastic! Really want to go to Beaver Island someday. Great pix!

    • I hope you get to Beaver Island some day, although I’ll caution you that there is not much to do there. If you do any biking you need mountain bikes as 98% of the roads are not paved. We biked to one end of the island and back, but it was a hard ride. You could do hiking, but you won’t be able to see as much of the island. We did not bring our car over as it was around $100 to bring it on the ferry.

    • Thanks Jeanne. This park is a little removed from the busiest part of the town, so it’s a good place to get away from the tourist sprawl. The downtown part with t-shirt shops, ice cream shops, restaurants, etc is a lot like the touristy spots of NOLA, especially on a warm summer day.

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  6. I would love to visit that part of Michigan. My daughter lives in Brighton, and we’ve thought about all going to Makinaw Island for a summer vacation together. They’ve been to a place called Saugatuck that they said was wonderful. Have you ever been there?

    • Yes, I’ve been to Saugatuck – it’s a great place to visit, and in fact, is immensely crowded in the summer. The town is an artsy community on the channel that empties into Lake Michigan. Lots of shops, restaurants, art galleries in town, and a little bit north of town, a state park and a local park that will get you to the Lake Michigan beach. I confess I haven’t been to these beaches, so I can’t say much about them. For a nice long beach with plenty of room, I recommend Van Buren State Park beach just south of South Haven.

      I think you and your family would love visiting Mackinac Island (pronounced Mackinaw). It’s probably a 4-5 hour drive from your daughter’s, plus a 20 minute ferry ride. The island is crowded in summer, and only bikes, horses and foot traffic is allowed. For the full experience, it’s best to stay at least one night overnight on the island. I did a several post series on Mackinac Island last summer that you might want to check out if you plan to go.

    • I think you should. If you have a few days, you might want to start in Saugatuck, and work your way up the west coast of Michigan until you get to the Mackinaw City/Mackinac Island. Be sure to stay at least one night overnight on Mackinac Island so you can enjoy the beauty of the Island after the crowds leave.

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