Chicago

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The “Windy City” ,Chicago is always fun to visit. 

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On a recent Amtrak trip to Michigan and Indiana, we found ourselves with a few hours to spend while catching the next train to Washington D.C.

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We had always wanted to cruise the Chicago River and decided there would be no time like the present to strike that off our bucket list.

Willis Tower in downtown Chicago , across from Union Station.

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Scene along the waterfront, near the ferry stop.

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The back entrance to the Water tower.

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The Water Tower, an ancient landmark on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, “The Magnificent Mile.”

 

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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My books are available in Hard Cover and eBook format.

 

Rock Port, Michigan

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Rock Port Park is a 4,237 acre state park located along the shore of Lake Huron in Presque and Alpena counties. 

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An old limestone quarry it was used in days of old to transport the limestone from the quarry to destinations around the world.

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Today there isn’t much left but a pile of stone and boat piers that are no longer in use.

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The channels were deep enough so that almost any shop could dock and load it’s cargo.

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With several ship wrecks just off the coast, it is a favorite scuba diving spot and training facility for the local rescue squads.

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Bats do hibernate in the caves located in the  area. Also , this is northern Michigan so wildlife of all varieties abound.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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Light House: Presque Isles

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Presque Isles Light House

 Located just north of Long Lake on Highway 23 , Presque Isles Light House sits just off the highway  down a short gravel road.

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About Three miles north of Long Lake and twelve miles north of Alpena, Michigan. The site offers a welcome break when traveling to and from the Mackinac Bridge.

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Not only one of the oldest light houses in the state of Michigan, it is the tallest one climbable by the public. Open from mid-May until mid-October, it is advertised to be open from eleven AM until 5 PM. The day we were there it closed at three -thirty, hence we didn’t get inside.

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Luckily, we were there late in the afternoon and were able to catch  the rays of the sun as it descended in the sky, allowing for some beautiful photos.

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The park is set on a ninety-nine acre lot, which affords the opportunity for the country to provide some small but beautiful hiking trails.

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A beautiful spot, I could have spent much longer there.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.journeysthrulife.com

Your comments appreciated

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My books are available in Hard Cover and EBook format.

 

 

Long Lake ; Alpena Michigan

It had been a long time since my wife visited this house, she spent many summers here as a child enjoying the lake.

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Long Lake is a 5,625 acre lake just seven miles north of Alpena Michigan. It is on the boundary o  Alpena and Presque Counties. Only a stone’s throw from Lake Huron, it offers an alternative for those not wanting to go on the larger lakes. 

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Fishing is abundant, many varieties of fish  including large mouth bass,small mouth bass,northern pike,sunfish,rock bass, yellow perch,walleye, and whitefish.  

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The name “Long Lake” is common among Michigan’s 11,037 inland lakes which cover 1,305 square miles  of inland water. There are a total of thirty three other lakes in Michigan with the name Long Lake, including the most well known one, which is near Traverse City on the opposite side of Michigan.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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Alpena

In spite of it’s small population,11,000,Alpena is the largest city in the sparsely populated northeast Michigan area. The cultural and commercial hub of the area ,Alpena and Traverse City are considered to be the two anchor cities in Northern Michigan.

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 Originally a part of Anomickee County, it was founded in 1840 and in 1843 the name was changed to Alpena. A Native American word meaning “Good partridge country.” This came at a time when there was a great effort to rename many of the Michigan cities.

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 Known at “The Sunrise Side,” because of it’s location on the east shore of Lake Huron, it began as a large commercial fishing area, and later was also shaped by the logging industry. 

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 In February of 2007, Bizjournals ranked Alpena as teh hottest retirement community in the Great Lakes region and also ranked it number forty-four nationally.

The Alpena County Court House and Temple Beth El , one of the oldest synagogues in the United States are among the notable building s in teh town.

 

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The Olde Owl Tavern , a quaint and rustic restaurant located downtown is a favorite eating establishment .

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Scoops, a popular ice cream shoppe has endured many changes in the town.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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This informative Ebook describes alternative methods of making money ,often a full time income in photography even if you have no desire to shoot wedding photography. this book gives examples and websites where you can use your photos to supply you with an income, not only to enable you to buy new equipment, but a living income as well.

 

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Hubbard Lake

Hubbard Lake

One of the tenth largest lakes in the state of Michigan Hubbard Lake provide the opportunity to fish for bass,yellow perch,tiger muskie,trout, and walleye.

There are many cottage homes around the lake shore, providing for winter ice fishing as well as summer angling. The lake is a favorite vacation spot for many Michiganders.

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Located in Alcona County in northern Michigan,it covers 8,850 acres and is two miles wide and seven miles long, and is eighty five feet deep at it’s maximum depth.

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The nearest town is Hubbard Lake on the north side of the lake, just a wide spot in the road with a couple of small stores and a gas station. The closest town of any size is Alpena about thirty miles away.

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Part of a large tract of land of more than six million acres that was ceded by the Ojibwa ,Ottawa and Potawatomi Indians to the United States in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw, it did’t become settled by white settlers until the 1830s.

 

 

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The lake has had several names,Bottomless Lake, Coral Lake and Alcona Lake.

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It was finally named Hubbard Lake in honor of Dr. Bela Hubbard a prominent geologist in the state of Michigan.

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Today it is a favorite spot to come and enjoy the scenery, fish, ski, or just chill out and forget the problems of the world.

 

 

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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Remembering a simpler time, a time when neighbor knew neighbor and people helped each other.

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Bailey School, Alcona County Michigan

Typical of the schools from yesteryear, Bailey School was a one room school house that several different grades in the same room.

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One of few remaining one room schools in Michigan

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An easy to miss attraction , this is quite educational , especially to children who have never seen a one room school house.

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Built in 1907 of Norway pine, the Bailey School is one of the few remaining one-room, log schoolhouses still standing in Michigan.Much of teh school is still in working order, the school bell rings from atop the roof to summon students of history and to remember  simpler times.

Built at the site of C.A. Johnson Logging Camp west of Mikado for the children of the logging crews that harvested the plentiful timber in the area.

Bailey was  the name of a lumberman who was part of the crew that built the school and also  supervised moving it in 1913 to a site where it served the community until 1941.

Partial restoration began  in 1973, when the structure was disassembled,and moved, finally reaching it’s final destination  in 1998 to its current Sturgeon Point site.

It is furnished with items used during its time, including a recitation bench, desks, drinking pail and dipper, and coal stove.

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The old pump still works bringing water to the students as it did years ago.

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Back in a day when simple was the rule of life.

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No Ipods or cell phones here, texting was done the old fashioned way, by passing written notes behind the teachers back.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

 money photography

This informative Ebook describes alternative methods of making money ,often a full time income in photography even if you have no desire to shoot wedding photography. this book gives examples and websites where you can use your photos to supply you with an income, not only to enable you to buy new equipment, but a living income as well.

 

 

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