Just got back from Memorial Day in Muskegon, Michigan. We had a great time visiting everyone. Wish we had time to see more people. This is a pic of my sister, mom, and Megan at Hoffmaster State Park (http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SPRK&id=457)
Frances and I taking our traditional beautiful people pic. Noah and Frances' house is awesome. The style and artwork come together perfectly. Also, very happy to throw a frisbee to Paxton. Funny pup.
New shopping Chalets in downtown Muskegon. It's 12 semi-permanent affordable retail spaces that give the area a "art fair" vibe. It's a great idea that seems to be finding success. It's been a few years since I've been back home. But, I'm impressed that things seem to be improving. There's quite a few new local businesses, people walking around downtown, various activities around the new Farmer's Market and at the breweries along Western Avenue. It's exciting to see. (http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2017/03/12_retailers_to_rent_downtown.html)
More chalets with the former Comerica Bank building in the background. The former bank is in the process of being converted into condos (http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2016/05/new_highpoint_flats_apartment.html). We were able to see the Edward Curtis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_S._Curtis) exhibit at the Muskegon Museum of Art (https://www.mfah.org). It was very well done. And it was much larger, expansive, interesting, curious, educational, and fun than many shows that I've seen. It was completely unexpected. I wish I was still an intern at the museum so I could spend a lot of time with the collection.
Oddly, Raggedy Ann's red hair is thicker in real life...
On a sand dune overlooking Lake Michigan
Lisa and my mom
Spending some time at the beach
Wandering around Lake Harbor Park. (http://nortonshoresparks.org/Home/Parks)
Spent some time at Pigeon Hill Brewing (http://pigeonhillbrew.com/). Great selection of craft beers. Also went to 18th Amendment Distillery (http://www.18thamendmentspirits.com/), and Unruly Brewing (http://unrulybrewing.com/). We had a lot of fun wandering around checking out all the new places. Apparently, a lot of other people were too. It's probably the most people I've seen downtown without a festival or other event going on.
A couple of wild turkeys wandering around the old neighborhood.
The beach at Duck Lake State Park (http://www.michigan.org/property/duck-lake-state-park)
There is no family resemblance. It's just an illusion created by our grey sweatshirts... THANKS AGAIN for hosting us. We had a great time. It went by too quickly, as usual.