Upper Silver Lake

Upper Silver Lake, July 2010 by Daniel J McKeown
Upper Silver Lake, July 2010

Jessica and I were driving around western Michigan and visiting a familiar site: Silver Lake and its impressive sand dunes. But then we went wandering around the town’s back roads and found another small lake just a bit inland–it’s called Upper Silver Lake and while it is a private, upscale vacation area it lacks the bustling and exciting vibe of the area around Silver Lake (with its dramatic sand dunes separating it from Lake Michigan) in the summer time.

Stony Lake

Stony Lake, Michigan
Stony Lake, Michigan, July 23, 2010

When I was a little kid and would go to up north to western Michigan (from Illinois), I wasn’t a particularly good swimmer, so the turbulent waters of Lake Michigan were a bit intimidating anywhere past the first sandbar. On the other hand, I really liked Stony Lake–a small, placid lake five miles down the road. This photo is actually of the area of the lake I swam in years ago–little has changed. For more on this part of western Michigan, check out the Michago wiki.

Silver Lake light house

Jessica at sunset

I took a picture of Jessica as we walked and watched the sunset in front of the beach house last weekend when we were in Michigan.
And as I mentioned in an earlier post, Jessica and I took a late evening drive along Scenic Drive to the Silver Lake light house the next day. The photo is a camera phone snapshot with which Jessica skillfully caught the oscillating light.

Silver Lake light house

Memorial Day weekend 2008 at Michago

Jessica and Dan on the bluff at Michago

Jessica and I drove out to western Michigan this Memorial Day weekend to enjoy the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline out there between Benona Shores and White Lake in western Michigan. We met up there at the Michago beach house with Rob and Jim and Ed, and they got to meet our birds who had come along for the trip as well.

Aside from enjoying the amazing weather at the house, lots of fun stops awaited us in town, including a cruise on the sand dunes in Silver Lake, a round of golf, a stop at Dog n’ Suds in Montague, and a run for supplies in Whitehall. After the guests took off, Jessica and I also enjoyed a nice dinner together and later went on a fun twilight drive to a lighthouse.

Rob and Jim playing baseball

Silver Lake, Michigan

Jessica and Dan at White Lake

Jessica at the beach house

Striker, Belle and Ava

Belle and Sparty

birds over the beach house

sunset over Lake Michigan with Jessica

Rob golfing

morning moonset over Lake Michigan

swan in White Lake

Jessica at the go carts

Lake Michigan

Dan and Rob on the golf cart

Old Barn on Webster Road

Jessica, Ed and Jim on the Silver Lake Sand Dunes ride

Lake Michigan sunset

Jessica playing golf

Silver Lake