Thursday, September 8, 2011

Safe Harbor

 Last Saturday, I took the day off.
 Yes, it's true.

My husband, myself and a good friend took a drive up the coast to the sleepy little town of Lexington.
Lexington is a cute little town filled with b&b's and quaint shops. We enjoyed some burgers at Wimpy's Hamburgers and walked around listening to the live music being played at many stages throughout town and along the shore. They were having the Thumb Music festival with bands ranging from jazz to bluegrass. My husband's oldest brother was playing so we thought we'd show our support.

 No trip to Lexington would be complete without exploring the harbor. Since Lake Huron can get pretty rough, they've built a huge wall of rocks encircling the docks to protect the boats from the ravaging waves.

It's so peaceful to walk along the top of the rocks all the way out to the end. You're far enough away from shore that you can't hear any of the goings-on. It's the next best thing to being on a boat.

It's the perfect place to sit and fish if that's your sort of thing. Or if you're like myself, a great place to be alone with your thoughts. If you're with a loved one, like I was this time, it's a great place to enjoy each others company.

It was a beautiful "last unofficial day of summer". Later in the day, as the sky started to darken, we decided to head for home. When we reached our house, our neighbor stuck his head out and told us that he was concerned because he'd heard that Lexington was having severe storms and he knew that we were going there for the day. I guess we left at the right time. You can't always stay in the protection of the harbor.

That got me to thinking of some wonderful quotes for you today.

A ship in the harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.

- John A. Shedd

And a favorite of mine....

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the things that you did do.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.

- Mark Twain

Here in Michigan, you can tell that it is September. The temps have fallen, a few trees are turning and the kids have all started school again. It's cool and rainy today, and there is the promise of apple cider in the air.

Have a great day.


Stephanie said...

Ohh..I LOVE Lexington! It is such a peaceful little town! I have heard Wimpy's has a great burger. Have you tried Salt Water Jack's ( I think thats the name)?

936000 said...

Lovely, lovely post Stew! Feels like you had a wonderful day!
Oh the yearning. I miss that I cannot get a decent tasting tomato here in New Mexico and this time of year: Cider. They have it, it just isn't very good and certainly doesn't taste like the cider of my youth.
Enjoy some for me Stew!

Unknown said...

Cider, what makes it taste so good is the worms.

betty said...

looks like a great place to spend a day off! I like that Wimpy's Hamburgers! I bet they were delicious!


Unknown said...

At Wimpy's, I offered to pay them Tuesday for a hamburger today. They handed me the bill without a laugh. I guess they've heard that one before.

Jim said...

Lexington looks very peaceful and a great spot to visit. Lake Huron looks just like an ocean!

MorningAJ said...

Hi Stew. I've mentioned you in an award post on my blog. It means I'm handing on the award to you but what it asks you to do is quite onerous so feel free to ignore any or all of it! Just accept the compliment :)