Rick had a follow-up with his kidney surgeon in Petoskey, so we did another road trip!
It was a beautiful day for the drive. The color wasn't peak but when you see a spot like a field of sunflowers, you've got to smile!
He dropped me off in town where I did a little shopping -- cheese from Symond's General Store...
...and my favorite spot, the hardware store, where at least half the store is not hardware!
I bought a small piece of the Polish pottery I love! I'd been thinking about it since our visit earlier this summer.
I also noted some of the beauty of the city, which is set on Little Traverse Bay in northern Michigan.
The city park was quiet and peaceful. The crooked tree was part of a war memorial honoring a man named Walter Estes (and other prisoners of war) in 1973.
After stopping at the Crooked Tree Arts Center to see their new exhibit (a future post!) I went to the library to meet my friend Susan for our afternoon adventure (yet another future post!). This library is so inviting, I can see why one might not like to leave!
After Susan and I finished playing, we met her husband Pat, and Rick, at Petoskey State Park, where we enjoyed take-out on an absolutely gorgeous evening.
The beach is set on sand dunes and with the golden light from the setting sun, the colors were gorgeous.
I can't describe enough how breathtaking that light was! I don't think I could ever paint it.
The temps were warm and the beach quiet. After dinner, we walked the shore, looking for Petoskey stones.
The Petoskey stone is Michigan's state stone. It is a fossilized rock that has a pattern of ovals, or soft-cornered squares or rectangles. You'll often see them polished and made into jewelry or other items in Michigan shops.
The easiest way to find them is when they are wet and the pattern shows.
Susan was an ace at it! And Rick was pretty good at it, too!
The sunset was glorious. We looked out the wide expanse of Little Traverse Bay, the night perfectly clear.
It felt wonderful to be with friends, doing something outdoors at a lovely spot, celebrating the beginning of fall and feeling so very grateful.
It was a wonderful to wrap a very good day.
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