I am very lucky to have time in before my next assignment which is allowing me to spend with my family in Michigan. Here are photos of local Michigan sights I’m enjoying:
Grand Rapids St. Mark’s Episcopal Church was incorporated as an Episcopal parish in 1836 when Grand Rapids had only 500 residents. It’s the oldest public building still standing in the city. It features stone walls brought from the Grand River and the original, hand carved woodwork throughout the interior.
Grand Rapids –“Nessie on the Grand,” one of the more intriguing entries in last year’s ArtPrize competition, is entertaining visitors at her new home in the pond in front of John Ball Park Zoo.
Grand Rapids U.S. Sen. Arthur Vandenberg, a native son and a founding delegate of the U.N.
Grand Rapids Le Grande Vitesse, Dissected Pyramid and Motu in the background.
Grand Rapids The River’s Edge White Sculpture is a mixture of organic and geometric forms to express nature and life by the river. It was interesting.
Grand Rapids Spirit of Solidarity Monument commemorates the great furniture strike of 1911, and celebrates the efforts of working people in the building of Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids Riverside Park behind the Gerald R. Ford Museum is a great place to picnic.
Grand Rapids Riverside Park flowers
Grand Rapids River’s Edge Environmental Sculpture is composed of granite, local riverbed boulders and indigenous plants. It’s 600′ long and weighs 200 tons!
Grand Rapids Public Museum is a wonderful place to experience American Indian artifacts, a piece of the Berlin Wall and more. After City Hall was demolished in 1969 this bell was purchased by the Grand Rapids Firefighters and donated to the museum in 1995. The space capsule was originally used for recovery training during the joint US-Soviet Union Apollo missions. Sealed in 1976 it will be reopened in 2076.
Grand Rapids Nishnabe Gemaw was commissioned by the Indian Sculpture Advisory Committee of elders from the Ottawa, Ojibwa and Potawatomi tribes to represent the native peoples of this area.
Grand Rapids 33′ tall Motu is derived from the city’s motto “Motu Viget” which means “strength through activity.”
Grand Rapids Lorrie’s Giant Button is one of the city’s most expensive sculptures to maintain.
Grand Rapids Lorrie’s Giant Button is a giant pop art button that won the Playground Sculpture Competition in 1976.
Grand Rapids La Grande Vitesse’s name literally means “the grand rapids”. Initially controversial, it’s become a source of local pride. It’s 43′ high x 54′ long x 30′ wide.
Grand Rapids Hopewell Burial Mounds are three distinct mounds which symbolize those built nearly 2,000 years ago by native tribes often called the Hopewell. The tribes are Ottawa, Ojibwa and Potawatomi.
Grand Rapids Historic Furniture Marker
Grand Rapids American Eagle depicts a noble eagle preparing to take flight off it’s pedestal, or appears to be soaring with its head lifted.
Grand Rapids Chief Noonday led the Grand River band of Ottawa Indians. He also helped welcome new settlers into this area.
Grand Rapids Gerald Ford Museum is home to artifacts of Michigan’s native son, the 38th President of the Unites States. Both he and Mrs. Ford are buried on the grounds.
Grand Rapids Flying Wild Geese about to take flight in a peaceful setting along the Grand River.
Grand Rapids six-pillar Blue Fluoride Sculpture commemorates Grand Rapids as the first city in the country which fluorinated its drinking water.
Grand Rapids Blue Bridge and River’s Edge Sculpture.
Grand Rapids Ecliptic is a public park that incorporates three forms of water: liquid, vapor and solid in the winter when being used as an ice rink.
Grand Rapids Dissected Pyramid was commissioned in memory of a prominent attorney. The pyramid form is associated with justice and wisdom. This piece is meant to convey the desire for perfection while acknowledging the imperfection of man.
Grand Rapids festive and colorful abstract piece covers both walls of the Amway Grand Plaza’s main entrance.
Grand Rapids Civic Auditorium reliefs are beautiful examples of Art Deco style, inspired by ancient Greece and Rome. Looking closely I could see the city and state seals are on the building, with a shell and wave motif at the roofline.
Rose, my nephew’s service dog. She’s an English Retriever named after our mother and grandmother for guidance and independence.
Me and my sister Tara in the blueberry field.
Me and my brother Vaughn in front of Tahquamenon Upper Falls having great sibling time.
The Mackinac Bridge is currently the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world and the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere. I was memorized by how beautiful it is, and most of my family hates going over it.
Big Chicken of Levering
Kalkaska railroad mural on depot turned B & B Diner.
Old Mackinac Point Fresnel Lens is a type of compact lens originally developed by French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel for lighthouses.
Old Mackinac Point Light Maritime Artifacts
Old Mackinac Point Light Station, built in Norman Revival style, was in operation from 1890 until 1957. It is now operated by Mackinac State Historic Parks
Prayer of the Woods: I am the heat of your hearth on the cold winter nights, the friendly shade screening you from the summer sun, and my fruits are refreshing draughts quenching your thirst as you journey on.
I am the beam that holds your house, the board of your table, the bed on which you lie, and the timber that builds your boat.
I am the handle of your hoe, the door of your homestead, the wood of your cradle, and the shell of your coffin.
I am the bread of kindness and the flower of beauty. ‘Ye who pass by, listen to my prayer: Harm me not.
Four miles (we didn’t hike it because we didn’t want to also hike back to the car) downstream from the Upper Falls is the Lower Falls, a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island. Although not as dramatic as the Upper Falls, they are equally magnificent.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses close to 50,000 acres stretching over 13 miles. Most of this is undeveloped woodland without roads, buildings or power lines. The centerpiece of the park, and the very reason for its existence, is the Tahquamenon River with its waterfalls. The Upper Falls is one the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. It has a drop of nearly 50 feet and is more than 200 feet across. A maximum flow of more than 50,000 gallons of water per second has been recorded cascading over these falls.
Welcome to Paradise Bear with Gun?
The charming Stafford Bay View country Inn was built in 1886 and has enchanted visitors for over 125 years.
Just a lovely view overlooking Harbor Springs harbor. Harbor Springs is in a sheltered bay on the north shore of the Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan.
Charming downtown office in Harbor Springs.
This historic 100-year-old Harbor Springs United Methodist Church is where my brother and his wife pastor in Harbor Springs.
My brother, the pastor at Harbor Springs United Methodist Church. He shares the pulpit with his wife Hillary.
The Holy Childhood of Jesus church, Harbor Springs
Kilwin’s Chocolate Factory, Petoskey where since 1947 Kilwins has been a celebrated part of Americana.
Sam’s Graces was created from the hard working, blue-collar spirit the owners were raised by. They intend to carry on the traditions of their families and, like Sam and the Graces, contribute joy and beauty doing what they love – creating amazingly, delicious food. And they’ve succeeded!
Sam’s Graces Bakery, named after the owner’s father Sam. The 3 Graces refer to the women found throughout Greek mythology who were the attendants of nature and agriculture as well as the women who were known to bring joy and beauty to the world.
Upon entering the Depot Club and Restaurant, guests immediately feel as though they have been transported back to a bygone era. There is damask wallpaper, walnut paneling, brass light fixtures, and vintage train locomotives in the club.
Horses I came across while driving along the Tunnel of Trees.
Big Trout Fountain, Kalkaska, Michigan where they have a large Trout Festival every year.
Bay View, Michigan was named One of the Nations 12 “Prettiest Painted Places”. This home is a perfect example of why.
Bay View Post Office opened in 1924.
The gable style Bay View Historical Museum, organized in 1964, occupies the two oldest buildings on the grounds. Its purpose is to present a picture of early Bay View cottage life and activities, and to preserve the objects illustrating how Bay View pioneers lived.
The Bay View Library was established early, and has been cited as the best summer colony library in the United States.
The Bay View Campus Club, originally a men’s club, has its own building and provides indoor games and the outdoor sports of shuffleboard, croquet and bowling on the green.
Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again.
Crooked Lake Express, Oden, Michigan
The Crooked Tree Arts Center, named after a local landmark important to Native Americans. Located in what was originally a United Methodist Church built in 1890, the center has a variety of performances throughout the year.
The Cross in the Woods is a 55′ cross built from one California Redwood tree. It was dedicated on August 22, 1954. “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends…”
Evelyn Hall was built as the summer headquarters of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union in 1889 and is considered one of the finest examples of Steamboat Victorian Architecture in the United States.
John M. Hall, a young attorney from Flint, was elected as superintendent of the Chautauqua Educational Department of Bay View in 1885. Under his leadership, he established the first university level summer school in Michigan, which quickly enrolled 700 students. The new auditorium was built in 2008.
Hitchcock Hall was originally built as a Bible study building for summer workers.
Originally a grocery store, then turned into a craft house for the Boys and Girls Club before being used at the Crouse Memorial Chapel.
The Holy Family is located in the outdoor sanctuary area of the Cross in the Woods Shrine. The statue, titled “A Quiet Moment” and meant to represent family intimacy, was built by sculptor Timothy P. Schmalz.
St. Francis rebuild my church, for it is falling into ruin. This is what the Franciscan men and women have tried to do since then to the present time.
Loud Hall was erected in 1888, and used for child/infant care.
O lady of the highway be with us on our journey, for all your ways are beautiful and all your paths are peace. Protect us from all danger and bring us safely to the end of our journey.
Peace signpost in front of Crouse Chapel in Bay View.
Lovely historical Petoskey Gaslight District. This was my view this morning on a hunt for breakfast.
Roast and Toast in downtown Petoskey offers fine coffee & tea alone with plenty yummy things to eat.
The railroad car at Oden Fish Hatchery that has been renovated to resemble the Wolverine, Michigan’s last “fish car.” From 1888 to 1931, fish cars were used to transport millions of trout across the state from the hatcheries to the streams and lakes being stocked.
Inside the Wolverine are rows of milk cans that were packed in ice and used to carry the hatchery fish. They were painted in bright colors as not be confused with milk cans that actually held milk.
The Wolverine car also contains the living quarters for “fish mechanics,” young hatchery workers who lived and traveled on the train. Their main task was to aerate the water to keep the fish alive via aeration.
Vernor Hall, originally called the Music Hall, this 1897 building has always been used for music. There was lovely classical music being played there today.
A rebellious and violent young man, Peregrine was once a member of a street gang in Forti, Italy. When a priest came to Forti to preach, Peregrine heckled the and physically attacked him. The priest forgave his attacker. Peregrine was so deeply moved by this act of forgiveness, that he eventually became a Catholic and entered the Servite order himself. Like St. Paul he was converted and his life truly changed. He spent the next fifty years ministering to the poor, the sick and the homeless. He developed cancer of the leg and the evening before the operation to amputate his leg Peregrine prayed before an image of the crucified Christ. When he awoke the next morning, he found that his leg had been healed and the cancer was gone! A miraculous event. He lived twenty more years and died in 1345 at the age of eighty five. He was declared a Saint in 1725. Peregrine is the patron of those who suffer from cancer and HIV/AIDS.