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Lake Michigan Shoreline (Traverse City, MI)

I created this portrait while on a mini vacation up north. We didn’t really have a set agenda, but wanted to drive through Gaylord, and maybe get to Traverse City. Thanks to the internet, we found a nice little restaurant called the Stampede Saloon. They had homemade root beer, buffalo burgers, and scrumptious sweet potato fries! Then it was off west to Traverse City, to visit the lighthouse at the tip of Old Mission Peninsula.

Surprisingly, the fall colors were more prominent in the middle belt of Michigan than further northwards. After visiting the beach at the tip of Old Mission Peninsula, and covering most of the peninsula (including a jaunt down Nelson Rd, we stopped for dinner and then headed towards the more southern end of Michgan's lower peninula.

For breakfast on Sunday morning, we found a nice little diner, Morning at Maggie’s Omelette Shoppe. They even served cookies as an “appetizer” while you decided what omelet or frittata to order!

It’s nice to have an unplanned trip every once in a while — not having to plan ahead is great, and spontaneous side-trips can be fun!

Location: Traverse City, MI.