I actually hadn't realized that you could walk the south breakwall, but Ellen knew, and I was glad to learn how to get to the path.
The picture above is a lot more tame than it might look. I had just stepped on to one of the big rip-rap rocks from the end of the pier. There were more beyond me- no big dropoff, although that is what it looks like.
Ellen was perfectly happy to stay on the level cement.
If you look in the top picture, you'll notice a sailboat just coming into the channel. The channel leads to things like the Marina, and where the carferries are berthed (I've showed you those before). It's also the mouth of the Pere Marquette River, which I mention and visit fairly often.
We saw these cuties on the breakwall. I'm really ignorant about sandpiper identification, but I think these are just our common spotted sandpiper.
No pictures of the rest of the trip. We stopped at a park on the ride back and ate our lunches, then rode to another park, closer to Ellen's house, and swam in the big lake. Wow!
I don't really have words to describe that. It was very windy by this time- flags were blowing out straight from the poles, and that was piling up some really big waves. They were SO much fun to ride and bounce in. The water was a lot cooler than the small lake I've been swimming in too. I actually got cooled down.
Then we finished the ride (fortunately the wind was now at our backs), and had ice tea before I needed to head for home. Total miles ridden- about 22. We spent five hours just having a blast, and it cost nothing except the gas for me to drive to Ellen's.
Sigh... on the way home I stopped at the computer shop and my laptop is D-E-A-D. No data lost, but I have to get a completely different one, and make the horrid leap to Windows 7. I have bad premonitions about it not running a lot of my software. But I'll try not to fret until I know. It's ordered. The rest of the day was so awesome that I can't even be too discouraged about the whole computer thing.
Meanwhile, I can only tolerate minimal computer time on the desktop.
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