Archive for the Travel Tag

Memories of Stockholm

15 years ago I had just returned from a business trip to Stockholm.  Last night when returning from my workout (the gym is two blocks from the office, or more accurately in our other office building), I was reminded especially of my time in Stockholm.  There’s a certain feel to the cold air and the dark and the area of
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14.2 miles

The Little Traverse Wheelway is a bike path that circumscribes Little Traverse Bay.  I’ve personally seen about 12 miles of it from a bike, and its pretty spectacular.  Most of the wheelway is specially set aside and paved for bikes.  Some of it is sidewalk, and a few segments are officially marked bike lanes on public roadways.  The path is
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USCGC Mackinaw

The USCGC Mackinaw pulled into the bay this afternoon, shortly after lunchtime.  What she was doing, exactly, is anyone’s guess, but she appears to be capable of tending buoys, and that seemed to be what she was doing.  After work, she still hadn’t left, so I lugged the telescope down and started getting insane with optics.  I first tried just
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a day around the beach

I snapped a shot of the new bike rack (attached) in the better light after lunch today. After a quick chat with Dad about that we geared up to go riding. There’s a bike path that goes for quite a few miles around the bay, all the way down/over to Charlevoix and all the way the other direction up/around to
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best deal in town

Today was a work day for me, as is most of this week. However, we are still up north and Monday night at Swift Field (in Bayview) is Hot Dog night. They have shirts that say “The Best Deal in Town”… You get two hot dogs and a can of soda (you have to bring everything else) for some reasonable
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We went to Mackinaw City today to see the Kite Festival. It was held in a park on S. Huron Ave, right on the water. The turnout was pretty good, and even though the wind didn’t seem very strong down low there were plenty of lofty sights to see. Bill and Grace liked looking at the different designs, and a
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Biking the Bay

Little Traverse Bay has a fabulous, 26 mile bike path called the Little Traverse Wheelway that runs from Charlevoix through Petoskey to Harbor Springs. In addition to connecting several parks (including Bayfront Park in Petoskey, which is referenced below) it also includes places to stop for picnics and scenic views that you really can’t enjoy from a car. We biked
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The End of an Era

We have several traditions for the trek north, some of which trace back to Jennifer’s childhood. One of these is to drive around the bay to Juilleret’s, which has been serving hot meals on the waterfront since 1895. After this, we go across the street to Kilwin’s (which is no longer across the street, but around the corner) for some
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Arr, Matey!

We took the kids to Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf today. They had a blast, and the Wee Lad actually did pretty well (no where near par, but clearly trying) once we told him he couldn’t touch the ball with his hands until he was done. Wee lass seemed to enjoy having Mommy help. I think everyone got an honest hole-in-one.


We went up to the park on the Bayview campus today. Wee lad ran into a friend named Nora, who he met at last year’s “Tot Lot” summer program. They were testing out the new playground equipment near the Post Office. It’s a very nice setup, I discovered I can still do pull-ups while the kids were playing. We arrived
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