Thursday, May 30, 2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013
The city has installed a new nature park on the east side of Trailway Campground where, until last fall there was a beautiful although overgrown woodlot. In daylight it looks dreary and desolate, but early in the morning with the sun peeking above the horizon it presents some interesting highlights and shadows.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
For me, traveling alone isn't much fun so my stops were few, only when necessary and brief. I made a couple fuel stops in Texas, but they were in places where I already have photos so didn't take the time to shoot new ones. My first stop outside Texas was at the Lake Bienvenue welcome center on U.S. 10 just across the Louisiana border. Although the lake's name means "welcome," the signs warning of snakes (Water Moccasins and Copperheads) and Crocodiles seemed to be a contradiction in terms.
Next stop, the following morning was at a Welcome Center in Mississippi. The colonnaded buildings and sculpted gardens are reminiscent of old south plantation mansions.
After a long drive and short night in Kentucky, I stopped at an Indiana Welcome Center. The buildings here speak of modern commerce and industry – not nearly as romantic.
My last photo stop was in East Grand Rapids where I spent the night with my son and his family to wait out the cold and rain before setting up the trailer in Montague. This isn't his house, but it is his neighborhood. I took the photo to show the difference in springtime vegetation from the deep south to the high north.
In Louisiana and Texas the trees are in full leaf and people routinely wander around in shorts and t-shirts. In Michigan some trees have begun to flower and leaves are opening, but many others are still in the tightly closed bud stage.
When I left Texas Wednesday morning before sunrise it was 79° F. with promise of another beautiful sunny day. Friday afternoon, Michigan greeted me with 46° and a cold misting rain.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The ten-day weather forecast shows a high of 63° F. in Montague, MI next week – too cold for me. I'll stay in Texas at least another week.