Sharing Empire region with friends

Day 65

LOCATION:  Empire, Michigan
CAMPGROUND:  Indigo Bluffs RV
WEATHER:  Beautiful.  Sunny.  High 74

Our visiting friends Tony and Jenny like to keep fit by walking, so we took a 2.5 mile brisk walk around the RV park this morning.   It felt good.

I had planned a full agenda for today.  We enjoy showing other people around.

Here we are, getting ready for the day.  We have matching t-shirts that we “earned” last year by visiting 25 breweries and wineries on the Nova Scotia Good Cheer Beer & Wine Trail.  Hard work!     🙂 

First up was a hike on Empire Bluffs Trail.  It is a 1.5 mile round-trip hike up, up, and up to the top of the dunes overlooking Lake Michigan.  It is a beautiful view on top….

Then a 30-minute drive to one of our favorite towns around here, Frankfort.  We ate lunch at Stormcloud Brewery.  George and I shared an “okey-dokey artichokey” naan that was tasty. 

After lunch, we strolled around the lake front out to the lighthouse.  Every year, thousands (millions?) of alewives (a small fish that looks like smelt or a large minnow) die and float around the shoreline.  I think it has something to do with temperature changes.  Here are some of them that were becoming a bit odiforous….

Before leaving Frankfort, we stopped at their great fish smoke house and bought some whitefish pate’.  It is so good.  George bought a smoked chub, just to see what it was like. 

We stopped at a farm stand on our way back home.  The century farm owners’ little granddaughters were working the stand, selling strawberries, beef, and honey.  So cute!

When we are together with Tony and Jenny, we take turns with dinner duties.  Tonight was Tony’s turn.  We started with Bloody Maria’s and the whitefish pate’.  I toasted some slices of baguette that I had bought at the farmers’ market for the pate.  Nice.

DINNER:  Tony made some really good, hearty chili, using stew meat as well as hamburger.  Just the right amount of spice.  He is a good cook.  Jenny made some buttermilk biscuits with parmesan to go with the chili.  The weather is perfect for dining outside. 

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