Low Tide

First hard frost in the morning, Seymour was covered in frosty ice. We stayed comfy inside. The day warmed quickly.

We went back to Hopewell to see what is was like a low tide and walked around on the sea floor.



Kelp at low tide.


We ended the day in the shadows of Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park Maine. Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, and is located near a stretch known as the Hundred-Mile Wilderness. After dropping off Seymour, we drove to Baxter State Park but found we could not enter because we had Copper with us. No pets allowed! This park is 200,000 acres of wilderness. Inside the park boundary there is no electricity, running water, or paved roads. The leaves are really starting to change, the trees must have communicated with each other that the time has come. We have seen some vivid reds and yellows!





High Tide

We are in New Brunswick, Canada at the Bay of Fundy. This bay has the highest tides on earth.The tides rise as much as 56 feet the height of a 5-story building. It’s the extended, delta-like shape of the bay that intensifies the tides.

bay_of_fundy_ecozones_map_1390x1123.jpgOver time, the tides have eroded cliffs and left curious sea stacks along the shoreline. One of best examples is at Hopewell Cape, where the Hopewell Rocks are a sightseeing draw at both low and high tides.

Check out this video of the tidal fluctuations at Hopewell Rocks Hopewell Rocks Video




The tide was coming in when we were there and we could actually watch it rise. We plan on going back tomorrow morning when there is a low tide and walk around on the sea floor. Very interesting place.



Another interesting point (at least to me) is that we are now in the Atlantic time zone UTC-4. Up until we reached New Brunswick we stayed in the same time zone as Michigan.


Opening Day

The opening day of Art Prize 8 is here. The day stated off with a thunderstorm so instead of heading to Grand Rapids first thing in the morning we waited until the rain let up and the thunder stopped (for Copper’s sake). We arrived in GR around 10:30 and one of out first stops was of course DeVos Center to see Carl’s piece hung on the wall. I was very fun to see a few people grouped around the photo as we were making our way up to it.IMG_8473.jpg

We spent the rest of the day walking all around the downtown area to see the art work. There is so much we missed, but again, there is so much we saw!

Loved seeing the trout bicycle!


The creator of this ball is actually living in it during Art Prize.



This wheel chair was made out of plastic toy soldiers.


This was a giant marble run!







Love Finds Us….photos of hearts found serindipidously in nature.


This sturgeon was created out of sand and took the artist about 1 full week of work on site to create. If some one sneezes….the sand is blown around. It was meant to illustrate the fragility of life. IMG_8447.jpg

A close up of sturgeon…incredibly detailed work.



The picture below was created with duct tape!


Fused glass



Crocheted flax



Upcycled bottle caps submitted by a middle school


One very interesting piece was a 12 hour video showing men sweep away time. The video actually showed the current time. The time in the video is 2:21  See the video HERE

and so much more.





Art Prize 8

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“ArtPrize is a radically open international art competition decided by public vote and expert jury that takes place each fall in Grand Rapids—and it’s all free and open to the public”.

We dropped off Carl’s Art Prize entry at the DeVos Center on Monday. We also took advantage of some of the entries that were viewable during the preview period. Art Prize officially opens Wednesday, Sept 21 at noon. This year their are 1,453 entries displayed at 170 different venues.

ArtPrize is recognized as the most-attended public art event on the planet according to The Art Newspaper, and was recently highlighted in The New York Times’ 52 Places To Go in 2016.

The streets are marked with various pathways to follow. Here I am on the central city pathway.


Here is just a sampling of some of the entries we saw on Monday.IMG_8436.jpg


The entry below is created from screw heads of different colors and depths!IMG_8384.jpg

These two entries were made of blocks of wood cut at different angles. No paint or stain used. With my spacial deficits it is incomprehensible how the artist did this! Incredible!!


This is another in the same vein….without the light on, no image….turn the light on and viola!


So realistic….both cool and creepy at the same time.


Crayons nestled in the crooks of trees outside of the Grand Rapids Public MuseumIMG_8421.jpg




These are collected daylily stems that create shadows and patterns on the mounting material.


….and finally a view of the iconic Blue Bridge as seen from the grounds of the Public Museum.


more to come. We are waiting out a thunderstorm before heading out to the official start of Art Prize 8. Voting starts at noon. Can’t wait to get my “art on”!

Back to Where We Started


We are camping in Zeeland, MI for convenience to both Art Prize and relatives in the area. Both of us were raised in the Holland/Zeeland area and still have some family in the area. The campground, Dutch Treat, is located in an area where Carl used to play as a child. A number of gravel pits were in this area and was a place for neighborhood kids to swim and fish.

This is a photo of Seymour getting his “dutch” on at Dutch Treat Campground.


We drove around Zeeland, past Carl’s childhood home and the neighborhood.  A lot has changed since that time!


We took a drive out to Ottawa Beach and Holland State Park to take in the sunset. It was a beautiful day and an equally lovely sunset . At the beach, parking was a a premium as many folks had the same idea we did in enjoying the sunset. We found a spot to park and walked out the channel side to enjoy the vistas. Beautiful evening. Copper enjoyed the walk as well.




The iconic lighthouse….Big Red



Day is done…..


Countdown to Art Prize

Art Prize  (click to read an article about the event)

Art Prize in Grand Rapids opens officially in one week. Carl has been accepted and has entered one of his Aurora Borealis photos which we will be hanging in DeVos Place at the Bonifas Pavilion. He is one of 28 Upper Peninsula artists to be featured.

Click here for a link to Carl’s photo!


At Tahquamenon (one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi,) you get two, two, two falls in one. The Upper more stately falls has a drop of nearly 50 feet and is more than 200 feet across .  The Lower , about 4 miles downstream is   a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island.

Carl left the campsite about 10 pm in search of the Milky Way and possible Aurora Borealis. He started at the Lower Falls  then the Upper Falls and eventually Whitefish Point. He heard from others that the northern lights were very visible just before he went out….oh well, her saw some signs of color in the sky and was also able to capture some great Milky Way shots. In the mean time, I was able to stay snug as a bug in Seymour.

Friday morning, before breaking camp and heading home we explored the Lower Falls.




Along the trail to the Lower Falls viewing platform.


The Tahquamenon River below the Lower Falls.


This was a fun spur of the moment adventure……so glad we went!



Weather Report

The weather report calling for clear skies and possible northern lights- Aurora Borealis led to an impromptu camping trip to Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Carl is an avid Aurora seeker and photographer and camping here is more pleasant than driving the 1 1/2 hours home at 4 am after being up all night. We were lucky to find a camping site available at the park and promptly reserved it before we left. Being the day before the Labor Day weekend, we were not sure what kind of availability there would be.

We arrived at the State Park around 3 pm and after unhooking the trailer promptly took off to Crisp Point Lighthouse. The weather was great and it was an area I had never seen. Crisp Point is only about 22 miles from the park however it is all gravel roads one lane roads so slow going, but so worth the ride. Just a side note here. The gravel roads are marked but you have to pay attention. Just last year two women were lost in the same area.IMG_8032.jpg

This light was build in 1903 and decommissioned in 1993. It is currently owned by Luce County however leased to the Crisp Point Light Historical Society who in charge of maintaining, operating, and restoring the light.


Lake Superior. There was a bit of a breeze but still very comfortable on the beach.


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