– Monday Muse –
Dear One, since 1979, when Ron and I moved just west of Traverse City, we have had the pleasure of driving past West Grand Traverse Bay every Sunday on our way to church. It has now been forty years, and we have not yet taken the view for granted. For each day provides a never-been-seen-before expanse of sky and glistening bay. Oh, you might ask…what about after the bay freezes over? It has the same ever changing quality. Sometimes, it glistens as though strewn with sparkling diamonds from shore to shore.
Many years ago, a paved walking/biking trail was added…parallel to the bay. The trail passes many beautiful beaches. So now, on sunny Sunday mornings, not only is there the beauty of the bay to draw our attention, there is also the activity on the trail…walkers, joggers, and bikers. On such beautiful, Sunday mornings… I cannot deny that there is within me a yearning, a yearning to join in, to jump on my bike, and become a part of the enticing scene.
As we move on toward church, I remind myself, that today we have something even more remarkable taking place between the hours of 9:30 and 12:00. And that sometime during the week, Ron and I can ride, and be doubly blessed.
Last Thursday, was one of those days. We began the trail by first parking at Darrow Park, where we crossed to the bayside trail. We rode passed West End Beach, passed Volleyball Beach, wound our way through Clinch Yacht Harbor, sat for awhile at Clinch Park Beach, crossed the Boardman River, and stopped for a moment at Sunset Park Beach. Then we moved on to a somewhat hidden and ‘nameless’ beach. I researched it, it truly has no official name. The public beach is referred to as the beach behind the Senior Citizen Center. The actual time spent riding there and back was only fifty-eight minutes. We spent as much time at the various summer spots as we did bicycling…perfecto!
So many years ago, while at Central Michigan College, Ron and I made the decision that Traverse City might be a good place for him to seek a teaching position. It is one decision which we have never regretted.
Well known to local residence is this saying, “The view of the bay is worth half the pay.” On sunny, summer days, few Travercitians would argue with that.
“The heavens declare the glory of God. The skies proclaim the
work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night
after night they reveal knowledge…” Psalm 19:1-2
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