Note — The following column was published in today's edition of The Morning Sun.
It’s about this time every year when I quip about the end of summer being upon us.
Sure summer didn’t officially begin until three and a half weeks ago, but once Independence Day is behind us, the rest of summer flies by.
High school sports are just around the corner, though classes don’t begin until the Tuesday after Labor Day.
However, not all Michigan families get a reprieve from the end of summer.
Most collegians, including those at Central Michigan University, will head back to campus for another year of partying and studying (or is it the other way around?) a good week or two before their younger siblings hit the books.
This means now is the time to get out of the comfort of air conditioning, get a folding chair, pack a picnic basket, grab this newspaper and head to your closest beach for a day of fun before it's too late.
Want something more than just a day at the beach? You can’t find a better destination than Michigan in the summer.
The National Cherry Festival, a tradition for many families, is being held this week in Traverse City. Now if cherries aren’t your thing, consider a trip to Marquette, a four-season destination about six hours away by car from Mount Pleasant.
Marquette has picture-perfect views of Lake Superior, a great downtown, stunning architecture, including one of the Michigan’s most beautiful county courthouses (where the 1959 film "Anatomy of a Murder" starring Jimmy Stewart was shot), and an incredible system of trails that takes you from civilization to wilderness and back again.
Not into cottage country? Head to Detroit, which is an easy drive from central Michigan.
Despite negative perceptions and a raft of bad press due to the city’s inept government, there are a host of things to do in the Motor City besides going to a baseball game or gambling at the casino.
Start your Saturday morning bright and early at Eastern Market before heading to the Detroit Institute of Arts, a world-class museum and cultural institution that all Michiganders should visit. You can end the day walking amongst the beautiful — and sometimes empty — buildings of downtown or on the trails of Belle Isle, which is actually bigger than New York’s famed Central Park.
Living in Michigan it’s easy to ignore the natural beauty that surrounds us.
Yet summer is the best time to explore our great state. Even if it’s just getting outside and looking about our pleasant peninsulas.
— Dennis Lennox