This was the dilemma I was faced with on Wednesday. I took a road that I am quite familiar with, at least sections of it, so I challenged it (and myself) to show me something new.
Blue Star Highway
The parts I am familiar with are around the Saugatuck/Douglas Michigan area. I haven't been on the whole stretch from Holland to South Haven, since Mallory was working on getting her driving hours, five years ago. I am sure I wasn't paying too close attention to the countryside scenery on that trip.
This little gem was right in Saugatuck and I have probably driven by it numerous times.
Little worried about the unique themed rooms. Maybe that is why it is for sale.
Blue Star Highway is a very quaint drive, filled with art studios and produce stands. It is the country after all.
Glenn Shores Golf Course
Once on a more unfamiliar section of Blue Star, I spotted this decaying beauty.
Not being a golfer, I am not familiar with all the golf courses in the area, just the ones that Glen and I have been to. This one
is was for sale, and I would say has had been for sale for a while. In doing some research on this place I came across a blog written by one of the former owners, it just sold today. Here is the link to the blog, which he keeps quite up to date, just goes to show you never know what you will find when you start digging around.
As I was taking a photo of this bench outside the ProShop, a dog started barking quite close by. I am a dog lover, but I don't really want to meet one when I am on property I really shouldn't be on. So I skeedaddled quickly back to the car. Which is really too bad because I would have loved to explore some more of that place.
I stopped for my morning Pumpkin Spice Latte at the McDonalds in South Haven. I am sorry McDonalds, but you are no Starbucks. I continued traveling along until I saw the sign for Van Buren State Park. A State Park I had never been to so I decided to pay it a visit with my coffee.
A beautiful beach here, with a few benches to sit on down by the beach. A great place to enjoy the beauty of the day.
Thunder Mountain Place
This was the day for decaying places for me, which makes me very happy. I love decay.
This looks to be either a former motel, or cabins. Obviously not used in quite a while. This also is For Sale. I couldn't find any information on this place though, so you will just have to enjoy the photographs.
My end destination for the day was St. Joesph. We come here a few times a year for pizza, Silver Beach Pizza has the best pizza I have ever had, but in the summer come early or you will be waiting 1-2 hours on the weekends.
I was determined to seek out some new places in St. Joe. I found the park with the lighthouse, and I also found that these people are serious about their parking.
I debated about paying for the parking, since it was off-season and the middle of the week, and the main reason I stopped was I had to go to the bathroom. $5 seemed a little steep for parking, but then I figured I would find something for lunch and come back here to eat it, so I would pay the $5. It is a good thing that I did. When I came out of the bathroom there was a Community Service patrol car in the parking lot and they were checking for parking passes. Yes, they did write somebody up that didn't have one.
I found a great deli in downtown St. Joseph, Broad Street Cafe. I highly recommend. I got a spinach wrapped BLT with Potato Salad to go. I went back to the park where I paid for my day of parking and enjoyed my lunch from here.
It may seem a little strange eating on top of the restrooms, but the view was so worth it.
After lunch I took a wander out to the lighthouse.
An absolutely gorgeous day on Wednesday. I wasn't super happy about switching my Creative Inspiration Day from Friday to Wednesday, but the forecast for Friday said severe thunderstorms and a 70% chance of rain. So I didn't really want to get wet and the most important thing is to get outside.
Of course Friday came and there was no rain during the day...go figure.
Some Thoughts From the Road
- Seatbelts - I know they are a safety necessity, but they are annoying when you get in and out of the car often.
- Weather Forecast - They never get that right.
- Parking - It pays to pay
- New tires and a front end alignment works wonders to get rid of wheel vibration when having to travel on the highway at a higher rate of speed.
Joining my friend Helen for her Weekend Walks.