I just finished watching a documentary about Denali National Park in Alaska. My father always wanted to visit Alaska but never made it. I asked him a year before he passed away if he would like me to take him, but by that time his health was failing and he was tired. He said he would just like to go to northern Michigan to visit the area where he grew up. Before it's too late for me, I also would like to visit Alaska, and many other areas in the United States, and even some places across the oceans.
I do love living here in Michigan. I love the Great Lakes, the inland lakes, rivers and streams. I love the many lighthouses, the Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Island and it's fudge, Traverse City, Petoskey, Alpena, and the many marinas, including Presque Isle, Petoskey, and Harbor Springs. I love the forests, farmlands, Sleeping Bear Dunes, the old towns, and a few of the larger cities such as Grand Rapids. The Upper Peninsula is beautiful and very rugged along Lake Superior. My wife and I enjoy the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and a good play occasionally. Detroit, Pontiac, and Flint are about the only areas that we avoid. I love watching the Detroit Tigers, but admit I've never made it down to Comerica Park or the old Tiger Stadium. I enjoy the four seasons, but as I get older my favorites are spring, summer and fall. I still like winter, and the cold brisk air that goes along with it. I like to shovel snow, bring up wood for the fireplace, and spending time feeding and watching the birds. The winter after my dad died, I started seeing the Dark Eyed Junco. Some of these sweet little birds nest under our deck, and migrate down from their breeding ground in Canada. My dad loved Canada and I took several trips with him there to hunt and fish. When I see the Juncos I think of my dad. I look forward every winter to their return, and at every spring when I bid farewell to the Juncos, I'm greeted with the return of the geese and ducks. We have many waterfowl who nest in the wetland areas across from our home. Michigan is a great place to live and visit.
My wife, and I have recently begun to travel more, and this year for the first time, we've been to Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia. Gina has family in Kentucky and Tennessee, and we love going there to visit. If we didn't have family here, I don't know where we would want to live. My roots and family are here and they are for my wife as well, so we'll stay here unless God leads us elsewhere. I would like to know about you, where you live, and what you like about it. Maybe someday my wife and I will visit your State or country.