After living in Maui for a year and a half I was worried about returning to Traverse City, Michigan where my family is from. Most of the time when I tell people where I grew up I receive a lot of sympathy and condolences.
The biggest surprise that greeted me was Lake Michigan. I love the ocean, and mountains, and waterfalls of Hawaii. So I was surprised how happy I was to be in West Bays tranquil waters once again. There is just something so reassuring about knowing your not paddle boarding with sharks or struggling against killer currents. The cheaper cost of living makes it easier to afford a boat, or a kayak or a paddle board or all three in my case. So while a piece of my heart will always be with my good friends in Maui here are 5 pictures that helped heal the heartbreak of returning to the mainland.
Sand dunes and crystal clear waters make Cathead Bay the perfect reclusive retreat. It's all the way at the tip of Leelanau County which means you pretty much have this little piece of paradise all to yourself.
A local favorite Power Island is the happening place to be during summer weekends. West Bays protected waters make it a great place to chill out with some of your closest friends.
The Boardman river literally divides Traverse City in half. Its the perfect ride for paddle boarders and kayakers' alike. Unload your board at Logan's Landing and let the current carry you the four miles downstream to Lake Michigan.
M-22 is Leelanau counties scenic route and it poseses a numer of waterside parks many of which make ideal paddleboarding locations. My favorite is Omena Bay. The views are stunning and the beach is just a few steps away from Leelanau Cellers tasting room. Does it get any better than that?
I think this picture says it all. Gorgeous trees, beautiful boats, and historic architecture. The clear waters of the Boardman river pass underneath bridges, and past flocks of preening ducks straight down town before the river empties into Lake Michigan at Clinch Park. All of the makings for a perfect beach day.