Saturday, May 24, 2008

"On Vacation" Friday Five

I am responding to this week's RevGalBlogPals challenge, most appropriately, from the comfort of a cozy resort cabin in Empire, Michigan, where we're spending this extended holiday weekend, enjoying the cherry blossoms and trillums and dunes and other delights of the Leelanau Peninsula.

1. Getting ready for summer, do you use the gradual tanning moisturisers ( yes gentlemen you too can answer this!!!), or are you happy to show your winter skin to the world?
I'm at the SPF 55 stage of life, so -- tanning no longer matters to me.

2.Beach, mountains or chilling by the pool, what/ where is your favourite getaway?
Right here. Directly behind our cabin are the Sleeping Bear Dunes. To the east are woodlands, vineyards and fruit orchards. Up and down the Lake Michigan coast are numerous little resort towns with an atsy, laid-back vibe.
3.Are you a summer lover or does the long break become wearing?
No long breaks here in the workaholic U.S. But I can say that I enjoy autumn vacations more than summer ones, shorter days notwithstanding -- I prefer the weather and lack of other tourists.

4.Active holidays; hiking swimming sailing, or lazy days?
Yes. This has been a somewhat lazy vacation, other than driving around the countryside, but we came prepared to go fishing, hit a driving range or putt-putt golf course or engage in other such fun.

5.Now to the important subject of food, if you are abroad do you try the local cuisine, or do you prefer to play it safe?
Oh, we always try the local cuisine. Up here it's whitefish fresh off the dock, cherries, local wines and asparagus. (Actually, FT doesn't eat asparagus, so this has been my solitary pleasure here. The village of Empire, by the way, just had an Asparagus Festival last weekend that was evidently quite the event.


P.S. an after-thought said...

Sorry if this posts twice. Some computer problem??
Lovely trillium. We crossed Wisconsin yesterday and the trilliums were like a carpet in most wooded areas.

They are a reminder of the Trinity.

LutheranChik said...

We're pretty much past the trillium season in Outer Podunk, but up north they're in their full glory. They are reminiscent of the Trinity.

In the woodland behind the cabin where we were staying, we found lots of wild leeks...unlike the garden kind, they have a broad, flat leaf, but they definitely sport an allium aroma if you pick one. One of the wildfoods companies up here pickles them; one of the local restaurants uses the pickled wild leeks in its house Gibson cocktail.

P.S. an after-thought said...

I think that much of Wis. and Minn. is behind seasonally, due to the late snow storms and cool May. In fact, we were staying close to the shore of Lake Michigan in mid-Wis (N/S direction) and the leaves were barely out. The middle/north of Wis had semi-mature leaves on the trees, but back home in N. Minn, we still have very small leaves.

Thanks for the heads-up on the wild leeks. That's one I don't know.

P.S. an after-thought said...

I looked up the wild leek in the flower book. It looks like we may be too far north for that one. But I'm going to keep my eyes open for that general family of plants.