Saugatuck Michigan Tradition

Once you find a place that you really enjoy, …the scenery, the weather, the locals, pretty much the overall vibe, going back feels a little like coming home. You get excited to visit places you know and love.

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How to Survive a Shark Attack

Ever since I saw the movie “JAWS” at our local cinema, I’ve been afraid to swim in the ocean. We lived in Fort Lauderdale when the thriller first came out and prior to learning about the Great White shark, I’d loved playing in the sea water and bopping in the waves. But, from that point on,…

Adventure Kayak, Cocoa Beach, FL

We booked early, but it was already 95 degrees when we arrived for our kayak adventure on the Indian River near Cocoa Beach Florida. It was my sister’s maiden voyage in a kayak and only my second. We’d be out for two and a half hours and were promised sighting manatees and dolphins along the…

The End of a Kodak Era?

When I worked at the zoo in Indianapolis, in 1990, Kodak sponsored several “locations” within the zoo and posted signs indicating that particular spot was a Kodak “picture moment.” In front of the Kodiak Bears, along the walk to the Waters building, in front of a sculptural fountain, families posed for pictures. As an employee, I was…

The Old Man and the Sea

The warm saltwater swallowed my feet as I walked along the sand waiting for the sun to make its appearance. I hadn’t made it very far down the beach when I noticed an Old Man standing near the surf kicking a crumpled plastic water bottle out to sea. As I approached, he shuffled away, his back hunched…

Toes in the Sand: why it feels so good

Ugh. Of all things to forget on the way to Cancun, I can’t believe I forgot the pedicure! The week before leaving was a bit stressful, trying to cover everything at work and deal with anticipated problems, I just didn’t make the time. Once I arrived, kicked off my shoes and released the piggies from…