Traverse City

Traverse City

Traverse City is a beautiful city wrapped around the base of Grand Traverse Bay. We checked into the first hotel we saw because it had an amazing view of the bay and sunset. The hot tub in the room was a bonus. We headed out to the Apache Trout Grill for dinner. The wait was appreciated because it allowed us to sit by the water with a drink and enjoy the view. The food was delicious, particularly my taste of the crab and lobster bisque. I kept my meal simple with Grilled Ahi Tuna Continue reading

Old Mission Peninsula

Old Mission Peninsula

Old Mission Peninsula is a long jut of land that divides Grand Traverse Bay in half, giving it the shape - with creative license - of a molar and its roots. It was an easy 17 mile drive to the Old Mission Point Lighthouse, at end of the road. While there I discovered I was near the 45th parallel, halfway between the equator and the North Pole. I knew I had to record the momentous occasion. Instead of building a cairn, I checked in on Foursquare. It was while checking in I discovered Continue reading

Let Sleeping Bears Lie

Let Sleeping Bears Lie

Legend tells of a mother bear and her two cubs taking to the water to escape a raging fire in what is now, Wisconsin. They swam for miles and after tiring the cubs lagged behind. When the mother bear reached the opposite shore, she climbed atop a hill to watch for her babies, but the cubs drowned and became what is now the two Manitou Islands. "Sleeping Bear" is the single dune near the point that marks the spot where mother bear waited. It is slowly eroding and changing with water, wind and Continue reading

Roadside Views – Summer Roadtrip

Roadside Views – Summer Roadtrip

We headed north from Ludington after the hike, counted our blessings when we discovered The Bungalow Inn still serving dinner at 10 pm. After checking several Manistee hotels late into the night, we finally found one that was not booked full with fishermen hoping to win the local derby. I awoke to another beautiful blue sky, fluffy cloud day and began the drive towards Sleeping Bear Dunes. The first awe inspiring roadside stop was the Arcadia Scenic Lookout which is also aptly named Continue reading

Ludington State Park

Ludington State Park

Two years ago traveled to Shanty Creek and did a drive by tour through Charlevois & Petoskey on my way to Mackinac Island. I liked what I saw and wanted to tour the little finger portion of the Michigan mitten. The first Lake Michigan view was supposed to happen around Saugatuck, but a missed sign resulted in a tour of Holland instead. I hit the highway and didn't stop again until I reached Ludington. We drove out to the Ludington State Park to have a look around. After investigating the Continue reading

Visiting Chicago’s Suburbs

Visiting Chicago’s Suburbs

I had the good fortune of segueing a Chicago area conference into a vacation up the coast of Lake Michigan. I loved the coast from Ludington to Traverse City and hope to take my boys back next summer. The trip began at the Infusionsoft Customer Tour in Lombard, Illinois. Infusionsoft has put together a knowledgeable team to help small businesses automate their marketing. If I had a do over I'd sit in on their advanced sessions, but it was my first workshop with them and I wanted to make Continue reading

Downtown Cleveland

Downtown Cleveland

Downtown Cleveland, originally uploaded by cletch. We seem to have found the place to be on a weekend in Cleveland. Even better that it's a short walk from our hotel! 4th street, Cleveland Ohio. Pat Williams 248-842-5527 CyberCletch LLC Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Continue reading

End of the Road Could Have Been a River

End of the Road Could Have Been a River

I grew up traipsing through forests, climbing rocks and hiking around water. I have a great respect for the potential danger and have always been extraordinarily careful. My recent road trip took me through the incredible beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Smoky Mountain National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee. I'll post pictures on my flickr account soon. Last Thursday, as severe storms struck North Carolina, we were only affected by some cold and rain as we traveled along Continue reading

Almost fell in

Almost fell in

Almost fell in, originally uploaded by cletch. I've spent a lot of time in natural settings and have a healthy respect for mother nature. Last nights severe weather resulted in an abundance of water rushing down river in the Smoky Mountain National Park. I climbed down beside the road - up river from here - to get a better shot, lost my footing and slid down towards the water. I now have a very sore hip and a gratitude that I didn't fall all the way in. I also have a mangled pair of Continue reading

Fog and rain moving in

Fog and rain moving in

Fog and rain moving in, originally uploaded by cletch. Hope to get to Gatlinburg before it gets too miserable! Smoky Mountain National Park on the NC - TN state line. Pat Williams 248-842-5527 CyberCletch LLC Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Continue reading

Fun to drive!

Fun to drive!

Fun to drive!, originally uploaded by cletch. Been driving this today. It's been 15 years since I drove standard but it didn't take me long to realize it would be very expensive for me to drive regularly. I'd never be able to stay under the speed limit! Pat Williams 248-842-5527 CyberCletch LLC Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Continue reading

New York November

New York November

I spent a few special days in New York City. It was the first time I'd been and was fortunate to be able to stay in a hotel halfway between Times Square and Central Park. Caught Mamma Mia and toured the city. Loved it and have to go back to do the one thing I really wanted to but missed. The Met. Continue reading

A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start

"What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do - especially in other people's minds. When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road." William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways If you believe in past lives, I must have been an explorer in mine. I'm happiest on the road, whether it's a two hour car trip or a 10 hour plane ride, it doesn't matter. What is most important is viewing the Continue reading

Outer Banks Nightlight

Outer Banks Nightlight

We spent two summer vacations in North Carolina's Outer Banks. One of those years we rented a room at the newly built Continue reading

Farming Wind

Farming Wind

We took the back roads when driving to Wasaga Beach so my new drivers could practice. As we approached Shelburne, Ontario we were greeted with a "never before seen sight." A wind farm! It was alarming and beautiful at the same time. The turbines dwarfed the trees and farms they loomed over. They spread as far as the eye could see. Here's a video with some basic (unconfirmed) information on the wind plant. Even the video does not do the overwhelming view of the generators proper Continue reading

Ohio River

Ohio River

Ohio River, originally uploaded by cletch. I think the name of the viewing area is Caydash Point. Pat Williams 248-842-5527 CyberCletch LLC Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Continue reading

Northern Beach on Captiva Island

Northern Beach on Captiva Island, originally uploaded by cletch. At 60 degrees it's a little cold to sunbathe but it's beautiful and people free which is perfect for shelling. Pat Williams 248-842-5527 CyberCletch LLC Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Continue reading

Seafood Festival in Everglades City

Seafood Festival in Everglades City, originally uploaded by cletch. Yum. Didn't figure out how to eat that crab but I did eat plenty of crab legs and shrimp! Pat Williams 248-842-5527 CyberCletch LLC Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Continue reading

Vacation View

Vacation View, originally uploaded by cletch. My view this morning while I drank my coffee and read my book. Pat Williams 248-842-5527 CyberCletch LLC Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Continue reading