Gnomie Goes to the Beach

Summer is the time of sun and surf and all things outdoorsy.  Being near the water is the most refreshing way to leave the headaches of everyday life back home.  Cool H2O helps to get the business of enjoying time together as a family up and running in good form.

Lake Michigan boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet.  Few spots on any shoreline can brag fresh, clear (and cold!) water to escape the summer heat.   Our lake rental was loaded with non-electronic family fun — there was no internet, phone, and only movie DVD’s only for watching on the small TV.  Mostly, it was family board games, puzzle-building, naps (a must!), walks to the local fudgery, and hang-time on the front porch swing.  Oh…and lets not forget lots and lots of time at the beach.  A welcome week of general happiness and unplugged-ness.

During our last family outing there, we took along a “friend,” mailed to us by a another friend who really wanted to be going along too, but all she could hope was to live vicariously through his photo adventures. I gladly accepted the challenge; the kids named him Gnomie.

Gnomie and we landed on the eastern shoreline of Lake Michigan, in a little town in the northwest part of Michigan — Frankfort.  This post serves as a look-see into my photography style and general attitude toward life.

As usual, these photos are fully processed by my favorite camera — 2007 Olympus E-Volt Digital SLR and its standard 18-180mm lens — and untouched or otherwise not further enhanced by me.  True WYSIWIG style (really, ’cause I’m lazy).

Enjoy our little friend!  We look forward to future posts with Gnomie.

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Lake Michigan with my family!
The lookout deck at Acadia has a spectacular view.

Hang time on a park bench is a must.
Now…where’s my book, Gnomeo and Juliet?

The Lighthouse at Frankfort North Breakwater.
She’s a beauty.

Got my hat and sunblock on.
Time to spend some time by the surf.

Ah, there! A castle built for a king.

Whoo hoo! Look at me!
I love sand angels and gettin’ some sand in the shoes.

The mysterious “Gnome Henge.”
How fabulous.

Getting buried…so very cool.
Uh, where’s my trowel?

Nice to meet a lady who isn’t intimidated by my trowel.
Do you mind if I lay here a bit?

You’re not from around these parts are you?
And I thought everything was bigger in Texas

Mm. Scrumptious.

Here…lemme have go. Whew! It’s warmish over here.

*muffled* Dwewishious!

This is one, honkin’ pile of sand.
I’m pooped. It’s hot. I’m done here.

Evening beach walks are so peaceful. *sigh*

Ooo! Looks like I came just in time.
It’s gonna be a nice sunset.

What a great way to end the great day.
Nite nite, sun. See you tomorrow.

The End.
(…and thanks for the ride. *wink*)

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30 thoughts on “Gnomie Goes to the Beach

  1. A very delightful post, Shannon. Ann and I enjoyed it very much. Is that “honkin’ pile of sand” Sleeping Bear Sand Dune? I have climbed it a couple of times. Once with my 80 year old mother-in-law. I don’t think she broke a sweat. Thanks again for the memories. :-)

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    • Yep! The one-and-only. The last time we went, temps were in the high 90′s. We’re from Texas, and we just about died. I could only imagine what it was like for locals. Your MIL rocks it! My MIL was in her mid-70′s at the time, but she stayed down at the bottom in the shade.

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    • Coming up with creative ideas for Gnomie…that would be my kids’ department. Angie came up with several (the sand angel, burying him, footsteps), and Grandma a couple more (Gnome Henge). I haven’t a creative bone in my body.

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  2. Aw. Love this! I’ve wanted to do this with my family on a trip for ages but haven’t yet. He’s a cute little guy! Great captions and photos, Shannon. This one’s a winner!

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    • Thanks for commenting, Kate. We certainly didn’t need anything to have a great time. Gnomie was a bit like getting to bring the pet dog, only no care was required.

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  3. Oh I love Lake Michigan! Little piece of heaven on Earth. I think everyone should have some disconnect every now and then. No internet, no television, no cell service. It’s pretty rejuvenating.

    And that gnome is too funny :-)

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  4. This is the most adorable post ever! My neighbors are gnome people – they have them all over their front yard. They’re a retired couple with lots of kiddos who come to visit often. My husband and I always know when our neighbors kids have been around because the gnome’s all have beer cans or wine bottles next to them and some of the gnome’s are knocked over and such. The kids don’t do it to be mean, they just like to have fun with their parents. Celeste :)

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    • So nice to have you stalking my funner posts! We really had fun doing this. We too are gnome people, even if this is the only one we have — we got to keep him after that trip.

      We do plan on taking him with us on our National Parks excursion this year. He will be featured on his own photo blog post, much like this one.

      The fact that the kids pretend that the gnomes had a party too cracks me up. I can see my kids doing this when those days come for us — and we look forward to them soon. In my new kitchen!!!

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