Monday, August 26, 2013

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Michigan is home to two national lakeshores:  Sleeping Bear Dunes, where my family vacations every summer, and Pictured Rocks, on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, which we visited for the first time two months ago at the end of June.

Pictured Rocks is stunning!  The rocks are best seen from a tour boat, which my husband and children went on, but I wasn't keen on bobbing around in the four foot waves for three hours, so I declined to accompany them.  My husband took photos with his camera, but then put them onto a computer I cannot access, so I can't share his photos taken from the boat.  I'll have to be satisfied showing you my photos taken from solid land: 

Miners Castle

The rocks don't take up the entire shoreline. There are many miles of sandy beach, some with old shipwreck remains:

shipwreck is just off shore in the water

  And numerous waterfalls are just a short hike away.  

Just don't let the mosquitoes carry you away.  We had to wear long pants, long sleeves, hats, plus bug repellent, and I had to resort to pulling my sleeves over my hands while walking.  Every now and then I'd brave taking a photo and would get five or six bites on my hands just snapping one quick photo.  Those pests really spoil a lovely setting.

More photos of Pictured Rocks in this photo set on Flickr.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Before summer is over...

...I have another cross stitch flag to share.  I made this one for my mom.  Stitched on 28 count over two threads, the finished piece fit in a 5x7 frame, so this was quick to make.  The pattern is by Shepherd's Bush, and I think it is called July (see it here).  The original pattern has the word July stitched over the flag, but I didn't want to limit this piece to just one month of the year, so I omitted that when I worked it up.

My urge to stitch flags has passed, a sign that summer truly is waning.  I have a large Christmas cross stitch underway, but most of my evening stitch time has been devoted to a lacy scarf I'm knitting.  Knitting!  Lace!  Can you believe it? And it's so much fun!  Still no desire to tackle socks, though.