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October 08, 2008
The past weekend was quite action-packed for me. It actually began Wednes-day when I took Daisy to the Poochie Parlor for her to spend the weekend playing with her doggie friends. I drove on to Frankenmuth where I had dinner with friends and stayed all night at Independence Village. Thursday morning a group of us boarded the Village bus to enjoy a Fall color tour.

The sky was mostly cloudy with the sun trying to peek through. We didn't see much color until near Rose City Exit as we drove through a driving rainstorm.

Near the Roscommon Exit we began to see more color. Some of the green leaves on the deciduous trees were tipped with red and orange and yellow, others were in full color. The fern ground cover was mostly brown. The white of the slender birch trees contrasted beautifully with the colors. Then of course, there were the tall black spruce, jack pine, cedars and tamaracks which are the signature of our Michigan's 'up north.' There were tiny little new trees that probably went unnoticed during the summer but now they were begging to be noticed in their bright crimson, pumpkin orange and yellows. Patches of lichen covered the ground on ditch banks.

Jack, our capable bus driver, was playing hooky from his school bus driving. He was a native of the U.P. and pointed out interesting things. His wife Sharon works with Activities Director Shawn who planned our fun-filled trip. We spent the night at Days Inn in Sault Sainte Marie, eating dinner at Abners Restaurant. I'm not a big fish eater but, 'up north' I do enjoy fresh whitefish.

Friday morning we boarded our bus and headed for both the Lower and Upper Tahquamenon Falls with lunch at Tahquamenon Restaurant. Back through Paradise which was a paradise of color and on to Whitefish Point to visit the Bird Observatory and Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. We turned off Hwy. 123 onto Whitefish Bay Scenic Hwy. and enjoyed the most gorgeous color explosion of our trip and stopped to visit Point Iroquois Lighthouse.

Our day ended with a fish-fry at the Elks Club in Sault Sainte Marie and nighty-night at our hotel. Some went gambling but, I soaked my tired feet.

We left for home at 9:30 Saturday morning with lunch at Leg's Inn, Cross Village and drove through the Tunnel of Trees on to Petoskey and back to Frankenmuth. I quick hopped in my car to make it home before dark and pick up Daisy, who was glad to see me.

Then the frosting on the cake. The "Meet and Greet" for our four star General "Bob'' Shoemaker at the Library. My five-year old great-grandson, Jager Land, was glad to meet and shake hands with the General and said, "Thank you for saving us." This morning the Almont High School Band will play the General Shoemaker March with a short program at Burley Park. The weather doesn't look too promising at this minute.

— Country Cousin

P.S. Hope to see you at my "Little Church in the Wildwood'' Music in the Church next Sunday eve, Oct. 12, 6-7 p.m. with "Middleton Way'' - November 9 with Tatyana Richards and Dec. 14, 6-7 with Phil and Marsha Larson. West Berlin United Methodist Church, Allenton.

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