Tawas City and East Tawas lie along the east coast of Michigan, in the middle to lower section of the index finger, right up against Lake Huron.
We are at the blue dot. 😁
Its a lovely little area with various parks along the shore, affording lots of lake access to residents and tourists. This isn’t the case everywhere, as much of the Michigan coast is private property. ‘Down town’ is a couple of blocks of quaint little shops, but yes, there is also a Walmart nearby on M-23, with great lake views from the parking lot!
There’s even a Ben Franklin!
Marie and Ray live a couple of miles from town and Marie volunteers at the hospital gift shop, and and the little library, which, thanks to her design and decorating talent, has become the sweetest, coziest little book nook you can imagine.
The 20 bed hospital.
Tawas City Library. So cute inside, thanks to Marie.
Ray is constantly busy fixing, building ( including making things for the library), mowing, and enjoying retirement in general.
Ray enjoying retirement!
Tawas has a huge art fair over Memorial Day weekend. Marie and I wander through it, and I buy this sweatshirt with a cute design.
Now on to the natural beauty and more green and blue!
Tawas Point State Park has a very nice campground, a lighthouse, and a dedicated dog beach!
Look at that clear water! Dogs are allowed off leash here, (how often do you see that at a state park?) but this overprotective mom didn’t comply.
We check out the Lumbermans Monument area in Huron National Forest.
The lumber industry stripped most all the trees from Michigan in the late 1800’s. They came back, both by nature or by being replanted.
One of the trails near the monument. If you are thinking these trees look evenly spaced it’s because they are. This part of the forest was recently replanted.
A view of the Au Sable River from near the monument. There are some hundreds of steps you can go down to get a closer look, but that wasn’t for us at this time.
We drive some back roads…really, truly back roads….and find ourselves at Loon Lake for a little swim.
Pretty little Loon Lake.
And of course, the obligatory roll in the grass! That’s Joy, enjoying.
We’ve also been to Oscoda….
There is a boardwalk and a nice pier at the beach.
so we walk out to the end.
Wanna see my new Michigan hat?
Isn’t this an interesting picture of the water?
And here is the same water, farther out.
Is this Jonathan?
Feeling peaceful and quiet inside as I write this…like I’m in the right place at the right time. Marie and I suddenly realized yesterday that it was 50 years ago this month, we graduated from high school. Now that’s a rather stunning thought. We seem to be having our own little reunion. So many memories and people have come up in our minds of those long ago times.
Im so happy we are having this opportunity to reconnect.