Summer Vacay Road Trip, Berries, & Whales
Just a friendly reminder that St Francis Cottage is conveniently located less than 1.5 miles from Interstate 75 (Northern Michigan to South Florida) and 3.5 miles from Interstate 24 (Pulleys Mill, IL to Chattanooga).
Great North Carolina Getaway
SFC Guests Todd and Lisa told us about their spectacular mountain retreat listed on Airbnb near Asheville, NC. If you’re interested in a quality, yet economical vacation in the North Carolina mountains, check out their rental on Airbnb. Their airstream is adjacent to a meandering, rambling brook that will serenade you to sleep. Todd and Lisa are fantastic people and hosts, and you won’t regret booking with them. Click on their link, and take a look at all the photos!
|You can go Airstream Glamping in North Carolina! Click HERE to visit the website!|
Garden Therapy and Wendell BerryWallace learned many years ago that his wife requires regular gardening time. Upon arriving home from work, I do a beeline to the gardens for my daily therapy sessions where I can unwind amidst nature. Whether it’s planting, watering, weeding, composting, mulching, picking fruit, vegetables and berries, or just roaming about the gardens, enjoying my passion brings peace to my soul and enables me to commune with God.
|Wendell Berry & JeanAnn Martin (A few years ago)|
- Wendell Berry
Berry Pickin’ Time
DAD'S DAY IN SAN FRAN
When we received the invitation to our nephew's June wedding, we already had a reservation at the Cottage for that weekend. Although it was a difficult decision, we decided that Nancy would stay and hold down the fort while I flew out to attend the wedding in Woodside, California, south of San Francisco. Our son Michael lives about 20 minutes from the event space where the wedding would take place. Our daughter Hannah decided to fly in from Winnipeg, Manitoba since she hadn't seen Ryan or his brother and sister-in-law, Stephen and Jen, for quite a while. Ryan is the son of my brother, Bruce, and his wife, Barbara, who live in Maryland. Friday was spent getting to the west coast; picking up Hannah at the airport in San Francisco; finding our accommodations; picking up Michael at his office in Palo Alto; then scurrying off to the wedding venue.
The next day Hannah, Michael, and I attended a post-wedding picnic at Mountain Lake Park, near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. There we had some of the best picnic food ever . . . a feast of Chinese food!
We then had an opportunity for some sightseeing on Saturday, including a hike through some of the Muir Woods. The redwoods were enormous, and we were surrounded by trees, dense foliage, fennel, and beautiful vistas. It was still quite chilly until we got down inside the trees. Breath-taking!
|Muir Woods Overlook|
|Son, Michael Braud & Daughter, Hannah Cavey|
On Sunday, we took a train ride from Forest to Beach beginning at Roaring Camp and ending on the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz and then back again. LOTS more Redwoods, cliff-side views along the tracks, a wonderful conductor host, and riding down the middle of busy streets in Santa Cruz to get to the beach! It was wonderful. After making the return trip to Roaring Camp, we drove about 45 minutes south and went Whale Watching!
If you haven't ever done this, it is well worth the expense and the time. We were blessed to see many humpback whales, bottle-nosed dolphin, sea lions, and a multitude of sea birds. Even got to see one good "breach" as a humpback propelled itself into the air! Magnificent!
The BEST part of the whole weekend was getting the opportunity to spend some quality and fun time with our two children! This would not have been possible if Nancy had not stayed to keep the doors open at St Francis Cottage, which was a blessing to me and our children . . . and to our guests! Also, SPECIAL thanks to Phil, Hannah's wonderful husband (and our son-in-law) for having stayed in Winnipeg and taken care of their four children! THANK YOU, DEAR WIFE & PHIL!! Best Father's Day gift ever!