Northern Islands



Yacht Haven at sunsetPINIMAGE

I was born and raised in NE Ohio only 30 minutes from Lake Erie.



Did I go there?


Did I swim in this glorious fresh water?


Did my folks make it an annual ‘pilgrimage’ to play on the sandy dunes and bask in the sunlight, picnic in the waiting?




Thirty minutes folks.


One in a chain of the world’s largest fresh water oceans.


Thirty minutes.


Nada. Zip. Nothing.


Okay. In full disclosure; it was probably all fucked-up then. Full of fuel and tampons. Not fit for human consumption. You’ve heard the jokes.



But still.

The Great Lakes! At our f-i-n-g-e-r-t-i-p-s!!! reachreachreach….slap


So, of course, by now I’ve swam in it. I’ve sunned near it. I’ve partied on it. And it’s good. But is it the best?  Is there better?



Why, yes there is!



And it can be found in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on a big island named Drummond, at a Yacht Club called Haven, and in a cabin numbered 6A, which, as it turned out, I would like to add to my collection of…




H– Huron 

O– Ontario 

M– Michigan 

E– Erie

S– Superior


Yacht HEAVEN more like it.PINIMAGE

Yacht HEAVEN more like it.



Wild Flowers everywherePINIMAGE

Wild Flowers everywhere





  • Kathy @ SMART Living - Isn’t it funny how we can live so close to something really amazing when we are young and because our parents weren’t “into it” we never enjoyed it at all? We lived very close to where I now and my parents never took us to the amazing mountains that encircle our valley. We never hiked, camped, or did any of that because my parents didn’t like too. It took me a while, but like you I’ve found my own treasures…and if I ever make it close to your part of the country I want to go to Yacht Haven… ~KathyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I know! It makes me wonder where we didn’t take our own kids! The Mall wasn’t one of them. If you ever get the chance- the UP of Michigan is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I was raised 10 min from Ontario. Same story and I have a post coming one day about it. ;-0)ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s amazing isn’t it? Makes you wonder what we are all REALLY missing. I look forward to another amazing post Carol!ReplyCancel

  • Lana - Really pretty! I’d love to visit the Great Lakes someday. We lived for 5 years in North Carolina, a short road trip to Washington DC. Don’t know why my parents never took us there!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - See what I mean?!!!! Why? And even though we never went to the lake (30 minutes away) we did go to DC. Weird. And NYC. But not the lake. ??????ReplyCancel

  • Cary - Thanks. Now I will never be able to go swimming again without imagining a tampon bumping into my forehead.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Your used to things bumping into your head. No probleeeeemmmmm.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cook - I love that last photo with the boats turned upside down – a nice opening to a story.ReplyCancel

  • Victoria Parridgen - Love seeing my hometown! Glad you loved Drummond as much as the Islanders do!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Pekarek - Husband just gave me marching orders to look around the UP and Wisconsin for places to live. ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - The wild flowers are lovely. I don’t swim so the rest wouldn’t really be a problem, but being that close and never seeing it would be a huge disappointment.ReplyCancel

  • Chloe Jeffreys - This is exactly why God invented adulthood. I went on a total of one vacation during my entire childhood. I’ve been making up for it ever since. I suspect you and I are kindred spirits.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I suspect you’re correct about that. -wink-ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - How have I missed this? It sounds familiar being fron Northern Kentucky my family (hubby &kiddos) we have been all around Michigan’s outer edge. From Port Huron to Mackinaw Island (which incidently I’m writing a post on Wed on the new blog) even to Marquette and Lake Superior but I can’t picture Drummond Island?! I have seen every single lighthouse driving the mitt haha like the back of our hand.ReplyCancel

  • Vashti Q - Looks like a great vacation spot, Cheryl. Nice pictures! ReplyCancel

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