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summer begins.

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summer begins

up north

with joyful grandie

up late

catching the sunset

in his net. 

 

“summertime is a period for youthful explorations,

a joyful time when we learn lessons

without grand expectations or harsh consequences.” 

-kilroy j. oldster

 

 

sleeping bear dunes national lakeshore, glen lake, empire, michigan, usa

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The “floating Christmas tree” sits atop the water in Glen Lake. 

Drivers cruising along M-22 near Glen Arbor are being treated to a little holiday magic this year: A floating Christmas tree in Glen Lake. 

The 12-foot-tall Frasier fir is secured inside a small fishing boat anchored about 600 feet off the shore. At night the tree lights up (thanks to a timer and two solar-powered, 12-volt batteries) and appears to be magically floating atop the water.
It’s the third year in a row that Glen Arbor resident Frank Siepker Jr., who lives on the lake, has pulled off this charming and decidedly Up North-y Christmas display.  “People dress up their yards for Christmas; the lake is kind of our yard,” he said. “Everybody gets a kick out of it.”
The tree is visible along the east side of M-22; the best spot for viewing it is at the bridge that divides Glen Lake into “Big” Glen Lake and “Little” Glen Lake (a spot sometimes referred to as “the narrows”). 
Siepker said how long the tree will remain in the lake depends on the weather. If too much ice doesn’t form, the tree will stay up until New Year’s Day, at which point Siepker will put on his waders, walk out into the frigid water, and bring the display back to shore. 
In the meantime, he said the tree continues to delight his two young children — as it no doubt does many who happen to see it while driving by. 

“christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. “

-charles m. schulz

 

credits:  mlive.com, emily bingham, jeff rabidoux (photo)

i rate enthusiasm even above professional skill. – edward appleton

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some of the grandies

upstairs

near the bunk-bed room

pajamas on

unwinding

 problem-solving

 still full of energy

after a long day

spent enjoying and exploring

the water and sand and gardens and lawn

way up north

on a warm and breezy

michigan night.