It’s that time of year again, the sad time of thinking about putting away the motorcycle, the kayaks, and all the other things that bring me so much pleasure during the warmer months. As seasons go, this summer & early fall was just so-so as far as weather goes to be honest, but still was good enough to get in some good rides around this beautiful part of the country, and some good paddling in the lakes & rivers. Actually, it’s kinda nice to float down the Jordan River on a nice 70 degree day, as opposed to baking in the sun when it’s 90. Same with the biking, there’s a lot to be said about enjoying the Tunnel of Trees, Mackinac City, Leelanau, Peninsula, The National Cherry Festival, Alpenfest, The Breezeway, and all the other great rides we have available to us lucky enough to live here, without being cooked when we stop.
While there is so many things to do in the summer here in Antrim County, Mi., from world class golfing, the best lakes for whatever kind of water sports you, are into, Lake Michigan offers great wreck diving, big water fishing, excellent sailing, with top notch marina facilities all along the coast. So many inland lakes, with Torch Lake being the real jewel of the area. with 41 miles of shoreline, and a color of turquoise that you really have to see to believe, and the rivers for fly fishing, canoeing, kayaking, or just enjoying them from one of the many hiking & biking trails.
As hard as it is to say goodbye to all that for awhile, we get to enjoy all the great things that Fall & Winter brings to this area. The Fall colors that are amazing, deer hunting that rivals pretty much anywhere, and of course the annual ritual of getting the Winter toys ready. There’s just something special about getting the snowmobile ready, planning out some trips and just talking sleds with other riders. Or getting the skis & equipment out & ready to hit The Shanty Creek Resort, or Boyne Mountain, or any of the many ski resorts that are close by, or the many cross country ski trails. Or the snow shoes, or the ice shanty’s, whatever your favorite winter past time, we pretty much got it covered.
Yup, just something special about living in Northwest Michigan. A truly four-season paradise. Nowhere I’d rather be.
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