My Heart Knows 7/31/15

UP NORTH

It’s the place people go to escape,

A place made of cabins, pine trees and lakes.

But no matter how far you drive

There’s no sign to say “you’ve arrived”.

So just follow your heart till you find . . .

Your special place that brings peace of mind.

As you breathe in the air and unwind . . .

Your cares are all left behind.

It’s no mystery where the northwoods start

When you arrive Up North you’ll know

In your heart. 

Suzanne Kindler

It happened for me on Monday afternoon as I was driving somewhere between Flint and Gaylord, MI.  Ted had been napping, but I knew he was awake.  We had reached that point on the upper limits of I-75 where the highway separates, the billboards disappear, and between the northbound and southbound lanes the space is filled with trees. For a few miles it’s miscellaneous green, and then you begin to see the trunks of white birch. 

I reached over and touched Ted’s arm and said, “We’ve arrived.”

“Arrived?  Arrived where?” he said, looking out the window.

“Arrived where I’m a different person from who I am anywhere else,” I said. 

Ted smiled.  He’s used to me going all mystical on him when we’re up north.  I smiled back, feeling my body relax and the magic of the northwoods turn the corners of my lips upwards.

IMAGINE . . . .

Think back to your childhood and try to remember the most fun you ever had.  Chances are one of the first things that will pop into your mind is summer camp – at least if you were ever lucky enough to go. 

Being at Sue and Terry’s place on Black Lake is like that . . . .

Our place . . .

Our place . . .

It's a log cabin filled with sink-down-into-them sofas. . .

. . . is a log cabin filled with sink-down-into-them sofas. . .

. . . windows and door that are never closed . . .

. . . windows and doors that are never closed . . .

 . . . and doors at the front and side that slam shut when they closed and squeak when they open.

. . . and screened doors at the front and side that slam shut when they close and squeak when they open.

There's a dock lines with American flags . . .

There’s a dock lined with American flags . . .

. . . kayaks . . .

. . . kayaks on a sandy beach . . .

. . .  a fire pit, a swing, a hammock . . .

. . . a fire pit, a swing (it squeaks too), a hammock, chairs designed for conversation (that’s Sue and Terry’s cabin behind the trees) . . .

. . . and two resident Goldens (Brinkley and Ruby) that have made Bear and Maddie welcome.

. . . and two resident Goldens (Brinkley and Ruby) who have welcomed Bear and Maddie with open paws.

We sleep at night with the cabin wide open and the screened porch aglow with sparkling lights.

At night the screened porch glows with sparkling lights . . .

. . . and we sleep amid pillows piled high on a tall bed close to open windows.

. . . and we sleep amid pillows piled high on a tall bed close to open windows.

For three weeks we’ll call this beautiful setting home. 

My heart knows we’ve arrived

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9 thoughts on “My Heart Knows 7/31/15

  1. You certainly have a way of sharing you love and happiness and always helping me feel better that you are in a place you need to be. Happy Trails to you! And many more.
    My happy place from my youth is Laguna Beach, Florida. My Dad worked for a family that had a cabin and they let us stay for a week or two every year. It was a wonderful time to be with my family and enjoy the beach and have fun.

    • Before I started bringing Brenda Up North, we had a townhouse in Laguna Beach, FL. on Oleander Dr. right down from Sugar Sands Motel. We spend many days in your happy area and enjoyed many donuts from Thomas Donut Shop.

  2. Welcome back up north, Bree! I’m just a couple of miles south of you on Higgins Lake! There truly is no place like the freshwater lakes of northern Michigan and the Great Lakes!

  3. So glad to hear you’re having a great time..Lori and I are heading to Curtis in the UP for my birthday in two weeks…spending a week on Manistique lake at the same group of cottages we have gone to several times over the years…will be great relaxing but also will bring back lots of memories of time spent there before but it will be good memories!! Another ‘first’ (without my best friend/hubby). Enjoy the ‘up north’ because I agree it’s the best place to be!!

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