Part III – All Roads Lead to YOUR Town 3/1/16

Here we go, friends!  The third and final day of our road trip.  Several more weighed in at the last moment, so this will be quite the final leg.  Settle back in your seat, flip on the radio, and let’s go!

Susie C. captured the sun rising over Rancho Bernando in the northern hills of San Diego, CA.

Susie C. captured the sun rising over Rancho Bernando in the northern hills of San Diego, CA.  Susie has family on Mackinac and visits as much as possible!

Thomasville GA is home for Mary Jane, who invited me several times to come down (when we lived in GA) and visit during their famous Victoria Christmas celebration. Thomasville is a beautiful city of Victorian homes, with a revitalized downtown paved with bricks which were laid in 1885.

Thomasville GA is home for Mary Jane, who invited me several times to come down (when we lived in GA) and visit during their famous Victoria Christmas celebration. Thomasville is a beautiful city of Victorian homes, with a revitalized downtown paved with bricks which were laid in 1885. Mary Jane is a wonderful ambassador for Thomasville!  She visited Mackinac for the first time a few years ago and took an awesome buggy tour with Molly McGreevy.  (Photo:  Mike Bass)

Mary S (owner of my god-horse Teddie), lives in Grand Haven MI. She often visits the Grand Haven Lighthouse, one of the most photographed lighthouses on the Great Lakes.

Mary S (owner of my god-horse Teddie), lives in Grand Haven MI. She often visits the Grand Haven Lighthouse, one of the most photographed lighthouses on the Great Lakes.

Marlena resides in Kansas City MO. She wanted to feature the Nelson-adkins Museau of Art in her city. It highlights galleries of American,Asian, Egyptian, Europeon, Greek and Roman art and artifacts and has a striangular glass walk-through maze that will challenge your senses!

Marlena resides in Kansas City MO. She wanted to feature the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in her city. It highlights galleries of American, Asian, Egyptian, European, Greek and Roman art and artifacts and has a triangular glass walk-through maze that will challenge your senses!

Stefanie lives . . . . wait for it . . . on Mackinac Island. Sweet Stefanie is the general manager at The Inn at Stonecliffe and gets to see scenes like this one every single day. Sigh.

Stefanie lives . . . . wait for it . . . on Mackinac Island.  Stefanie is the general manager at The Inn at Stonecliffe and gets to see scenes like this one every single day. Sigh.

Chris lives in Hudson OH and sent this photo of the Hudson Clock Tower. The tower was a gift to the town from David Hudson in the 1800's. Chris is a double-nester and also has a place in Naubinway MI in the UP.

Chris lives in Hudson OH and sent this photo of the Hudson Clock Tower. The tower was a gift to the town from David Hudson in the 1800’s. Chris is a double-nester and also has a place in Naubinway MI in the UP.

Gail K. lives in Chicago IL, but finds her weekend serenity here at Stone Lake in Laporte IN.

Gail K. lives in Chicago IL, but finds her weekend serenity here at Stone Lake in Laporte IN.

Another double-nester, Scott, shows us his backyard in Holland MI. He also has a place on Anna Marie Island FL.

Scott shows us his backyard in Holland MI, along with some local wildlife! Scott spends a few months each winter  on Anna Marie Island FL.

Bonnie is showcasing the sand dunes of her beloved Jersey Shore.

Bonnie is showcasing the sand dunes of her beloved Jersey Shore.

Karen S. resides in Frankenmuth MI. This is one of the town's beautiful covered bridges.

Karen S. resides in Frankenmuth MI, and this is one of the town’s beautiful covered bridges.  I love Frankenmuth (known as Michigan’s little Bavaria) and could spend at least two days just walking through Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the World’s Largest Christmas Store.

Jayne is from Cedar Lake IN, but this photo is of Bass Lake where she and her husband met 45 years ago - and where they still spend most weekends.

Jayne is from Cedar Lake IN, but this photo is of Bass Lake, where she and her husband met 45 years ago – and where they still spend most weekends.

Louise lives in Glennville GA, where more Vidalia Sweet Onions are grown than in Vidalia GA! Louise is originally from my hometown of Sylvester (and she and my mom share the same first name).

Louise lives in Glennville GA, where more Vidalia Sweet Onions are grown than in Vidalia GA! Louise is originally from my hometown of Sylvester (and she and my mom share the same first name).  Oh – all those onions are harvested inn late April.  Mmmm – good!

Mary H. lives in Marion OH, home and resting place of our 29th President, Warren Harding. This photo is of the Harding Memorial in Marion.

Mary H. lives in Marion OH, home and resting place of our 29th President, Warren Harding. This photo is of the Harding Memorial.

Dan resides in Oakwood OH, home of Hawthorne Hill, part of the National Parks Aviation Trail. Hawthorne was the post 1914 home of Orville Wright, his father Milton and sister Katherine. It was meant to also be the home of Wilbur Wright, but he died before the house was completed.

Dan resides in Oakwood OH, home of Hawthorne Hill, part of the National Parks Aviation Trail. Hawthorne was the post-1914 home of Orville Wright, his father Milton and sister Katherine. It was meant to also be the home of Wilbur Wright, but he died before the house was completed.

This is Arlington MA, home for Mary C. Arlington stands on the Arlington/Lexington line, and the statue is of Lexington Minuteman John Parker. That Buckman Tavern in the background, where minutemen assembled before the Battle on Lexington Green in 1775, starting the American Revolution.

Arlington MA is home for Mary C.  Lexington MA is right next door to Arlington, and that’s where you will find this statue of Lexington Minuteman John Parker.  That’s Buckman Tavern in the background, where minutemen assembled in 1775 before the Battle on Lexington Green, which began the American Revolution.  LOTS of history tonight!

Karen sends a photo taken from the front porch of their cabin in Hiawasee GA in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Karen and her family have visited us on Mackinac - Karen's father-in-law, Raymond, Ted and I all work together in the school system in Albany GA.

Karen sends a photo taken from the front porch of their cabin in Hiawasee GA in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Karen and her family have visited us on Mackinac – Karen’s father-in-law, Raymond, Ted, and I all worked together in the Dougherty County School System in Albany GA.

Patty sent in this photo of her home and views in San Clemente CA "in the thick of winter". She also shared that she found the blog when she and her husband were thinking about buying property on the east coast and came across a website about Sunset Inlet. From there she was led to Bree's Blog! Love hearing these stories!!

Patty sent in this photo of her San Clemente CA views “in the thick of winter”. She also shared she found this blog when she and her husband were thinking about buying property on the east coast and came across a website about Sunset Inlet. From there she was led to Bree’s Blog! Love hearing those stories!!

Paul and Elaine, whom we've visited with many times on Mackinac, are from Yale MI. They love spending time in nearby Port Huron, the beginning of the Port Huron to Mackinac Race. They've been to many a "boat night" to "inspect the fleet".

Paul and Elaine, whom we’ve visited with many times on Mackinac, are from Yale MI. They love spending time in nearby Port Huron, the beginning of the Port Huron to Mackinac Race. They’ve been to many a “boat night” to “inspect the fleet”.

This is beautiful Hamlin Lake in Ludington MI, home for Kathie (and Golden Retriever Oliver).

This is beautiful Hamlin Lake (Ludington State Park) in Ludington MI, home for Kathie (and Golden Retriever Oliver).  Kathie raises puppies for Leader Dogs for the Blind, but Oliver had a career change after being diagnosed with a joint disorder. He’s now Kathie’s much loved forever pet.

Steve has lived in Anderson IN since birth. I've known Steve and his family practically since Ted and I landed on Mackinac the first time. They don't live there, but they sure love it and visit as often as possible. I share a LOT of Steve's beautiful island photography, especially his night shots. Steve loves the history of Anderson, and this pic shows the Union Building (1902), once the 2nd largest office building in central IN. Next to it is the Paramount Theatre (1929).

Steve has lived in Anderson IN since birth. I’ve known Steve and his family practically since Ted and I landed on Mackinac the first time. They don’t live there, but they sure love it and visit as often as possible. I share a LOT of Steve’s beautiful island photography, especially his night shots. Steve loves the history of Anderson, and this pic shows the Union Building (1902), once the 2nd largest office building in central IN. Next to it is the Paramount Theatre (1929).

Heidi lives in Saginaw MI, but loves to go back to where she grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan at Manistee.

Heidi lives in Saginaw MI, but loves to go back to where she grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan at Manistee.

The awesome backyard view of Michael and Kendra from Wilson, NC

The awesome backyard view of Michael and Kendra from Wilson, NC

Elaine lives in North Royalton OH, a suburb of Cleveland. She loves visiting nearby Marblehead OH on Lake Erie.

Elaine lives in North Royalton OH, a suburb of Cleveland. She loves visiting nearby Marblehead OH on Lake Erie.

I saved this one for last just because of the story I have to tell about the connection. This is a historic downtown building in Sun Prairie WI. The mural depicts the history of the town from its earliest settlers, the Bird family. Sun Prairie is also the birthplace of Georgia O'Keefe and also home to Jimmy "the other groundhog". (Jimmy and Puxatawney Pete are rivals in the annual Groundhog Day predictions of more days of winter or an early spring. Now, I had heard of Jimmy, but had no idea he was from Sun Prairie WI. In fact, until the email I received from Jeani yesterday, I had never heard of Sun Prairie. Where am I going with this? Today, at my first Physical Therapy appointment, as the PT guy gave me the best deep tissue massage I've ever received (also the most painful), I'm trying to carry on a conversation so I won't start crying. So I ask him, "Where are you from?" He says, "Oh a little town in Wisconsin nobody has ever heard of - Sun Prairie." I didn't skip a beat before saying, "Oh, the one with the mural on the way of the Bird family and birthplace of Georgia O'Keefe and home to Jimmy the Groundhog?" My PT guy quickly removed his hands from my neck and looked at me strangely - very strangely. I took pity and told him the whole story - Mackinac, blog, readers sending in where they live, and the uncanny coincidence of receiving this one from Sun Prairie last night.

I saved Jeani’s town for last just because a connection to this story happened here in Florida today. This is a historic downtown building in Sun Prairie WI. The mural depicts the history of the town, including its earliest settlers, the Bird family. Sun Prairie is the birthplace of artist Georgia O’Keefe and also home to Jimmy “the other groundhog”. (Jimmy and Puxatawney Pete are rivals in the annual Groundhog Day predictions of more days of winter or an early spring). Now, I had heard of Jimmy the groundhog (because of his celebrated biting of the mayor’s ear a couple of years ago, prompting the town to change from “biting Jimmy” to a more docile groundhog – also called Jimmy).  But I had no idea he was from Sun Prairie WI. In fact, until the email I received from Jeani yesterday, I had never heard of Sun Prairie.
Where am I going with this? Today, at my first Physical Therapy appointment, as the PT guy gave me a really, REALLY deep tissue massage (that was also really, REALLY painful), I tried to carry on a conversation to keep my mind off the urge to jump off the table and run. So I ask him, “Where are you from?” He says, “Oh a little town in Wisconsin nobody’s ever heard of – Sun Prairie.” I didn’t skip a beat before saying, “Oh, isn’t that where there’s a mural on the wall of a downtown historic building of the Bird family and birthplace of Georgia O’Keefe and home to Jimmy the Groundhog?” My PT guy quickly removed his hands from my neck and looked at me strangely – very strangely. I took pity and told him the whole story – Mackinac, blog, readers sending in where they live, and the uncanny coincidence of receiving this one from Sun Prairie last night.  Loved it!

And that dear folks, is the end of our road trip to where YOU live!  Oh my goodness, it’s been a blast, and I so hope I didn’t leave anyone out!  If I did, please forgive.

Thank you to everyone (over 62 of you) who took the time to send in the photos and write about the places you love.  We sure live in a beautiful country, don’t we?!

Stay tuned for the next blog.  I promise to return to Mackinac – I’ve been saving up photos for over a week now, so you will definitely get your island fix with the next post.

Thanks again for sharing!  I’ll come up with something else we can all participate in again soon.

God bless.

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Part III – All Roads Lead to YOUR Town 3/1/16

  1. Loved all the places you pictured. I tried to send mine from Red Wing, MN, but felt it never made it. That’s OK. WaitIng for more pictures from Mackinac. Arnie says we can go back this summer!! Can’t wait!!

  2. Brenda,

    I’ve really enjoyed the “All Roads…” blogs and the last story about Sun Prairie, WI, was rather special. We just never know what a day may bring.

  3. Well I sure did enjoy my road trip…what fun! Some places I have been too and lots that I haven’t. It sure was nice to meet y’all. 😉

  4. A most enjoyable journey. Was I the lone Canadian?? Can I please be an honorary Michigan-er?? By the way, our most famous spring rodent is Wiarton Willie; there are no doubt countless groundhogs being roused from their slumber to meet cheering crowds, but in this particular area of Ontario, Wiarton Willie is THE top “hog”. Thanks for this marvelous trip!

  5. Wow….what a great trip reading all of these! We have lived in Sun Prairie for 40 years – who knows I might know your PT person or his family. It is not that big of a town. Jimmy did not bite the mayor this year…..but we have a new mayor! Maybe he knows something we don’t !

  6. Thank You! It was fantastic to see a bit of where everyone is from. Now…what’s next? ;-).
    Take care and hope your neck feels better soon.
    Gail

  7. That really was fun, and I know someone from Red Wing, too! It truly is a small world. I’ll try to get a photo in for the next one. . . .

  8. We live in an amazingly beautiful country and that is just part of what makes the USA great!! It has been fun traveling to everyone’s hometown! Many thanks to you, Brenda!

  9. Bree…..I just realized that I hadn’t seen your blogs in my email in quite sometime! Not sure what’s happened, but are the blog posts going out to emails anymore? I’m so glad to find you again!

    • Oh no! I’ve had a couple of other readers mention the same thing. Please go back to the blog and click on the “follow” button again. That fixed it for the others! (I think you have to do that on a laptop. Doesn’t work from your cell phone.).
      Thanks so much for asking!

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  10. I really enjoyed all the pictures. Thank you for blog, I love seeing all the pictures from the Island. Been there twice and hoping to go there next summer for my 45 wedding anniversary.

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