Paddle Power

A closer look at a trio of paddlers on the Galien River in New Buffalo, Michigan the other evening.

A closer look at a trio of paddlers on the Galien River in New Buffalo, Michigan the other evening.

 

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Special Effect

Amazing what a little, old sun shield will do for creating a special effect.

Amazing what a little, old sun shield will do for creating a special effect.

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Cat Power

Jacqui draws power from our generator.  Or, does our generator draw power from Jacqui?

Jacqui draws power from our generator. Or, does our generator draw power from Jacqui?

In either case, both Jacqui and the generator are powered up and ready to go.

In either case, both Jacqui and the generator are powered up and ready to go.

 

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Michigan Central Station

IMG_0081(Detroit, Michigan) My friend Jay Samuelsson promised me a tour of Detroit after we watched the Tigers beat the Red Sox 10-5 on Sunday, and so we were soon motoring around the Motor City.  “What do you want to see?” Jay asked.  “The old train station,” I replied. And so Jay drove us over to the magnificent Michigan Central Station, which figured prominently in the 2012 documentary, Detropia.  In that most worthy of films, filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady examined the decline of Detroit and the stalwart residents who have remained in the once-thriving city.  A seminal moment in the film occurs when a pair of artists poke around the cavernous ruins of the Beaux-Arts structure that was formally dedicated on January 4, 1914 and remained open for business until the cessation of Amtrak service on January 6, 1988.  Natalie and I were among those Amtrak passengers who passed through Michigan Central Station in its declining years as we took a train from Chicago to Toledo by way of Detroit.  We remember the conductor distinctly warning us not to “detrain in Detroit.”  He said the old Michigan Central Station wasn’t what it used to be.  Well, when Jay and I wheeled up for a closer look on August 21, 2016, we were happy to see the fruits of various restoration projects.  According to Wikipedia, there have been demolition works, minor structural repairs, repairs of the roof structure, and covering the glass roof openings in the concourse. The basement, which was once full of water, has been fully drained, and a barbed wire fence has been installed in an attempt to keep out vandals.  “What do you think?” Jay asked.  I gazed upon the once shining gem of Detroit and spoke for many a Michigander when I said: “I bet it’s going to come back to life.”  It should, because Detroit is coming back to life, and because the station was added to the National  Register of Historic Places in 1975.  Happy days are here again in Detroit, and Michigan Central Station, aka: Michigan Central Depot, deserves to be part of that happy destiny.

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Golden Moments on the Galien

Three friends celebrate the end of another golden summer day by kayaking the Galien River along the Galien River County Park in New Buffalo, Michigan.  This was taken from the "skywalk."

Three friends celebrate the end of another golden summer day by kayaking the Galien River along Galien River County Park in New Buffalo, Michigan. This was taken from the “skywalk.”

And then there was this shot, a moment later by simply angling the camera up a few degrees.

And then there was this shot, taken a moment later by simply angling the camera up a few degrees.

 

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Bike Naked

While we await our friends at Bike Stop in Michigan City to customize our new Trek bicycles, Vinnie the Verve on the left and Black Magic Woman on the right, we are just plain bike naked.  Oh yeah: we're havin' some serious chain reaction here.  But the new bikes will be here soon!!! Yay!!! Oh, and I traded in Red for Vinnie because Red was shredding my knees.  Too heavy with not enough gears. Oh well.  Nothing changes if nothing changes, right?

While we wait for our friends at Bike Stop in Michigan City to customize our new Trek bicycles—Vinnie the Verve on the left and Black Magic Woman on the right— we are just plain bike naked. Oh yeah: we’re havin’ some serious chain reaction here. But the new bikes will be here soon!!! Yay!!! Oh, and I traded in Red for Vinnie because Red was shredding my knees. Too heavy with not enough gears. Oh well. Nothing changes if nothing changes, right?

 

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Got Her Goat

This is my favorite photo from this year's Berrien County Youth Fair in Berrien Springs, Michigan.  I'll be posting more as the spirit moves me.  After all, summer ain't over 'til summer's over.

This is my favorite photo from this year’s Berrien County Youth Fair in Berrien Springs, Michigan. I’ll be posting more as the spirit moves me. After all, summer ain’t over ’til summer’s over.

 

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