Today . . . All Roads Lead to YOUR Town! 2/25/16

OH. MY. GOSH!  This has been the most fun week!

I’ve received TONS of photos of the cities/towns you call home, and all I can say is, “Why would you ever want to go anywhere else?!”  Y’all live in some seriously awesome places!

To each of you who shared your photos and comments, thank you so much!  I even heard from SEVERAL folks who had never written in before, and that was really special to me.  Thank you!

Ok – this will be a two-parter.  As of today, I’ve received around 40 photographs, and I’m sharing 20 tonight.  On Sunday I’ll share the rest – PLUS any I receive between now and then, so please continue to send them in. I’m extending the deadline to Saturday, February 27.

So much to share, so let’s get started!  These are in no particular order, so we’ll just skip all over the country!  Just imagine a map, where each line leads to YOUR town!  Road trip!

Dear sweet friend Anne (who also has a place on Paradise Lake in Michigan) lives in Eustic, FL on beautiful Lake Woodward. She's only about 80 miles from us, and we are planning a get-together soon.

Dear sweet friend Anne (who also has a place on Paradise Lake in Michigan) lives in Eustis FL on beautiful Lake Woodward. (Personal Note: Anne is only about 80 miles from us, and we are planning a get-together soon.)

Claudia lives in Southfield MI, a suburb of Detroit. This is Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers (who on this day beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-0)!

Claudia lives in Southfield MI, a suburb of Detroit. This is Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers (who on this day beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-0)!

Dawn lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, west of the Mackinac Bridge.

Dawn lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, west of the Mackinac Bridge, where this spectacular sunset photo was taken.  From Dawn: “We left a ‘warmer’ part of the country to live in this beautiful land of woods and beaches and wildflowers – and yes, some cold and snow.  But we’ve found that winter has a quiet beauty all its own.”

 

Beautiful Penetanguishene Bay in southern Ontario is where Deborah calls home. From Deborah: "This is part of Georgian Bay which is part of Lake Huron. This bay would have been one of the first places my ancestors set foot after leaving Drummond Island in 1829. This spot connects me to Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island in a way I can explain."

Beautiful Penetanguishene Bay in southern Ontario is where Deborah calls home. From Deborah: “This is part of Georgian Bay, which is part of Lake Huron. This bay would have been one of the first places my ancestors set foot after leaving Drummond Island in 1829. This spot connects me to Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island in a way I can’t  explain.”

Anne lives in Champaign IL, which is near this wonderful spot, Meadowbrook Park. Much of the park is restored prairie and the bluestem prairiegrass is six feet tall.

Anne M. lives in Champaign IL, which is near this wonderful spot, Meadowbrook Park. Much of the park is restored prairie, and this bluestem prairie grass is six feet tall!

Cheryl is from Plainfield IL and travels during the winter photographing bald eagles. This one was in Starved Rock State Park in Utica IL.

Cheryl is from Plainfield IL and travels during the winter, photographing bald eagles. This one was in Starved Rock State Park in Utica IL.

Debra lives in Albany GA, home of beautiful Radium Springs. I grew up going to Radium Springs nearly every Sunday from my hometown of Sylvester GA.

Debra lives in Albany GA, home of beautiful Radium Springs.  (Personal Note: I lived and worked in Albany most of my adult life, and Debra and I were friends and work colleagues for years.  As a child from Sylvester GA – 20 miles away – my parents often brought me to Radium Springs on Sunday afternoons for picnics and to wade in the ice-cold waters.)

Diane lives in Chicago, and this is the southern Chicago skyline at Burnham Harbor. She took this on July 4 from the Chicago Yacht Club, where she was invited by a guest for the festivities. Diane also has a place on Mackinac Island.

Diane lives in Chicago IL, and this is the southern Chicago skyline at Burnham Harbor. She took this on July 4 from the Chicago Yacht Club, where she was invited by a guest for the festivities. Diane also has a place on Mackinac Island.

Hilde lives in Minooka IL, where these grain elevators (still in use)stand in the middle of town.

Hilde and husband Bud were two of the very first blog readers who introduced themselves to me on Mackinac years ago.  They live in Minooka IL, where these grain elevators (still in use) stand in the middle of town.  (Personal Note: This little town reminds me SO MUCH of Sylvester, Hilde.)

Jan is a double-nester, with homes in Indianapolis IN and Harbor Springs MI. She and her husband are avid hikers, and this is one of their favorite areas in Michigan - Little Traverse Bay.

Jan is a double-nester, with homes in Indianapolis IN and Harbor Springs MI. She and her husband are avid hikers, and this is one of their favorite areas in Michigan – Little Traverse Bay.

My buddy Jason is home from Afghanistan, and he and his wife now live in San Antonio TX, home of the Alamo.

Jason (known as “Jason-the other one” when he comments) is home from Afghanistan, and he and his wife now live in San Antonio TX, home of the Alamo.

Jean lives in Appleton WI, where this beautiful Victorian home, Hearthstone, is located. Hearthstone was the first house electrified from a centrally located gydroelectric plan (Sept, 1882). Henry Rogers built the house for his wife, and the original Edison lights and chandeliers remain inuse today.

Jean lives in Appleton WI, where this beautiful Victorian home, Hearthstone, is located. Hearthstone was the first house electrified from a centrally located hydroelectric plant (Sept, 1882). Henry Rogers built the house as a showplace for his wife, and the original Edison lights and chandeliers remain in use today.

Wolverine Lake MI is home for Joann. She says that residents call the lake "Main Street". Love that!

Wolverine Lake MI is home for Joann. She says residents call the lake “Main Street”. Love that! Jean, this reminds me so much of our much-loved Lake Blackshear home in south Georgia.

Joleen resides in Madison WI, 15 miles from Pope Farm Park Conservancy, where this photograph was taken. She says that beginning in August, people come from "far and near" to photograph the fields of sunflowers. I know I sure would!

Joleen resides in Madison WI, 15 miles from Pope Farm Park Conservancy, where this photograph was taken. She says that beginning in August, people come from “far and near” to photograph the fields of sunflowers. I know I sure would!

Karen lives in Higgins Lake MI, named by National Georaphic Magazine as the 7th Most Beautiful Lake in the World. Higgins Lake is about an hour south of the Mackinac Bridge.

Karen Sue lives on Higgins Lake MI, named by National Geographic Magazine as the 7th Most Beautiful Lake in the World (I can see why!). Higgins Lake is about an hour south of the Mackinac Bridge, and Karen says it’s big, deep, crystal blue and has some REALLY big fish! 

Karen S. lives in Niles MI and shared the beautiful Amtrak station in Niles. Karen says at Christmas the building is outlines in white lights AND it was featured in the John Candy film, "Only the Lonely".

Karen S. lives in Niles MI and shared their beautiful Amtrak station. Karen says at Christmas the building is outlined in white lights AND it was featured in the John Candy film, “Only the Lonely”.

Kathy lives in Tampa FL and shared this shot of the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion in Tampa Bay in 2016.

Kathy lives in Tampa FL and shared this shot of the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion in Tampa Bay in 2016.  Kathy – do they do this every year?

Kem resides in beautiful Des Moines Iowa.

Kem resides in beautiful Des Moines Iowa.  She and husband Ed love Mackinac ALMOST as much as we do.  We’ve visited with them many times on the island.

Laura lives near Oxford OH, home of Miami University, where she attend college. This is a much-photographed area spotlighting McCracken Hall.

Laura lives near Oxford OH, home of Miami University – where she attended college. This is a much-photographed area spotlighting McCracken Hall – where she lived her senior year.

Mary G lives inRocky Point NY, and the photo here is Friendship Beach, just a 5-minute walk from her house down Friendship Drive. The large rock on the right is named "Big Barnacle).

Mary G. lives inRocky Point NY, and the photo here is Friendship Beach, just a 5-minute walk from her house – down Friendship Drive. The large rock on the right is named “Big Barnacle).

Don’t you just love this road trip so far?!

If you haven’t already sent in a photo of your town, you have until Saturday to get them in.  Just email photo (as an attachment) to brendasumnerhorton@hotmail.com.

See you “on the road again” on Sunday!

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24 thoughts on “Today . . . All Roads Lead to YOUR Town! 2/25/16

  1. Fantastic trip so far! You have such fabulous ideas. By the way – there is a Radium Hot Springs in beautiful British Columbia (Canada), in the Kootenay National Park. Spent some time there many years ago.

  2. Gasparilla Pirate Invasion is always the last Saturday of January in Tampa — The Mayor of Tampa symbolically hands over they key to the city and the pirates parade through the town. Its a HUGE party — this was our first year doing it on the water and escorting the pirate ship in — we plan to make it an annual event!

  3. So far this is a fabulous road trip. As soon as I figure it out, I’ll be submitting my photo.
    Bree, this was such a good idea!

  4. This is awesome Brenda!! Love all the pictures and can’t wait to see more! Would love to see that pirate invasion, that looks so cool, the view of Higgins Lake is beautiful and I LOVE the sunflowers. 🙂

  5. Hi Brenda! I have been a long time silent reader! I live in Minneapolis, MN and wish I had a great picture to share of its beauty but found that all the photos I take these days are of my kiddos! If I can get a nice one by Saturday I will send it. I absolutely love reading your blog and especially love seeing Karen Sue’s picture of Higgins Lake which is where my family’s cottage is!

    • Thanks SO MUCH for writing, Abby! I know what you mean – when your kids are at home you tend to fill your camera with images of them!

  6. Brenda,

    How I enjoyed the pictures. We used to live in Austin, Texas, and have been to the Alamo in San Antonio many times. It is said that Texas could divide itself into five states, but it never will because no one wants to give up the Alamo.

    For over ten years we lived in Houghton Lake, Michigan, which is just south of Higgins, Lake. With its crystal clear water it is indeed one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.

    I’ve wondered what Manooka, Illinois, looked like and now I’m suitably impressed. It looks like a very nice small mid western town on the plains.

    Looking forward to the next edition.

    • Well, that’s weird!
      If an email will go through without the attachment, just send me a @test” email. Then I’ll send you my cell phone # and you can “message” the photo to me. Will that work?

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