East Jordan

This was a split week.

I stayed in the trailer in the East Jordan Tourist Park ( a city-owned RV park) while MsBoyink & the kids stayed with her parents at a cottage a few miles down the road. This years cottage visit is the last in a tradition that has gone on for several years, and and each & every year at this time I have some big work project that prevents me from being able to be offline the entire week.  This year was no different, so I played bachelor in the trailer and worked on various client projects while they vacationed.

I did have a couple of great photo ops as there was consistently a heavy mist on the lake right about sunrise. Throw in a ridge to hide the sun behind, some interesting clouds, birds, and some sailboats and it was almost a can’t-miss situation where every photo could have been a keeper.

I drove over to the cottage a couple of times for a family meal and some time fishing on their lake (no great luck there).

That’s pretty much my week in a nutshell - I’ll let the family pitch in on the comments with what their week entailed.

Deserted city boat docs

Deserted city boat docs

Our site here - less crowded, nice grass

Our site here - less crowded, nice grass

Another can't-miss photo op

Another can't-miss photo op

No bad angles

No bad angles

Sunrise on Lake Charlevoix

Sunrise on Lake Charlevoix

Same sailboat, different day, nice clouds

Same sailboat, different day, nice clouds

I like this angle too

I like this angle too

Another angle

Another angle

Leading lines...

Leading lines...

The cabin where the family stayed.

The cabin where the family stayed.

Grampa attending to the boat

Grampa attending to the boat

The kids swimming. Yes, they are out there.

The kids swimming. Yes, they are out there.

5 Comments East Jordan

  1. Picture of Larry Larry August 26, 2012

    That is such a beautiful part of lower MI.  We’ve been through there a couple times to vacation/visit my aunt in Petosky.  Your pictures make me think that we should make another trip through that area and continue to make the loop around Lake Michigan.  IMO, Michigan is very under-rated as a vacation destination.  It has so much to see and is very pretty.

  2. Picture of Michael Boyink Michael Boyink August 26, 2012

    Thanks Larry - I’d definitely like to spend more time up there as well. We didn’t even make it to the UP yet ...

  3. Picture of Jon Jon August 26, 2012

    ah yes, good memories!  I went to East Jordan Elementary through 4th grade before our family moved to GR. My Dad’s first Junior High teaching job was there (old HS/JH/EL in town).  We actually lived in the “Dutchman” village of Ellsworth.  Lots of cold mornings riding with Dad to school in a frozen VW Karmann Ghia.  Putting the fishing boat in at the EJ public launch by the bridge, buying worms and 20 cent Hostess apple pies at the adjacent bait shop (long gone now).  Jordan River has a cool U.S. fish hatchery worth visiting.  If you are heading towards the Bridge, Wilderness State Park is wonderful.  Happy travels!

  4. Picture of Boyink Boyink August 27, 2012

    Hey Jon -

    Good to see your comment here.  We’re headed the other direction mainly - a little time in MI here yet then onto IA where we’ve rented a houseboat on the Mississippi for a week.  Can’t wait.

  5. Picture of Crissa Crissa August 27, 2012

    It is only fitting that Mike write the East Jordan post because he’s the only one of us who stayed there. Except for a few hours on Tuesday doing laundry, grocery shopping, and making green smoothies for Mike, I spent my time with my kids and extended family at the cottage 12 miles away. 

    My week of vacation at the cottage included sleeping, reading, game playing (Hand-&-Foot, Golf, Bananagrams, Boggle), eating (some healthy and some unhealthy foods), watching movies, talking with my parents, talking with my sister, Horse-shoe tournament, mixed-up mystery dinner (an annual tradition), cheering on the Mini-Olympics Decathlon participants (created by the boys), and putting in a *few* puzzle pieces.

    It was a great week. I did, however, miss Mike—and my bed—so it is nice to be home and getting back into a routine of sorts.

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