Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wonderful Wednesday - Near and Dear to Me

As summertime rolls along, I find myself being lulled into that easy dreamy hot weather sleepiness. The perfect place for me to relax and enjoy this feeling is the beach. If any of you have had the pleasure and opportunity to bask in the rays of Michigan's west coast beaches, this is my ODE to the beach! Michigan? you say... are you kidding? Isn't it a lake? Well, I feel sad for those who haven't experienced our great coastline. Although hardly a world traveler, I've been to both the Atlantic and the Pacific, and I have to say, my favorite spot is right here at home. (One place I've been to that blows us away is Monaco, I have to admit). That aside, I decided to feature a place near and dear to me today because so much of my summer jewelry is inspired by the rich hues and beautiful colors of the sun, sea, and sand.
The moment I set foot on one giant dune as a child at PJ Hoffmaster State Park, I was hooked. Never have I had more fun getting sandy, hot, and baked while hiking up to the heights. I knew the reward was running down at breakneck speed thinking - please don't let me wipe out - only to splash into the refreshing waters of Lake Michigan. I have spent too many summers since going to that same beach alone or with the family to bask, reflect and enjoy Mother Nature's gift to us.
I truly hope you enjoy the photos here, although none of them do it any justice, and if you have the pleasure of visiting our great state, be sure to include Mr. Hoffmaster's legacy in your trip!


  1. Hey girlfriend - I miss PJ! Love that place. Some day I'll have to bring the family there when we spend some time in Michigan (more than a weekend. Love the jewelry - I might have to stop by and pick something out for Greece. I'm coming to GR on Thursday morning - I'm using my parent to have a garage sale and get rid of this baby stuff. No more cribs after tomorrow. We'll have to figure out time to see eachother! Maybe the kids and I can walk over with bikes to come visit! I'll call this week to see if you'll be around.

  2. I love the Hoffmaster State Park!! And I agree about the beauty of Lake Michigan. My favorite place to go :)