These days are awfully busy on our little slice of island. We are officially 6 weeks from our Beaver Island moving date (June 18th) and 10 weeks from our Alaska moving date (July 18th), which means that our days are being spent making lists, purging our clothes, selling furniture, booking plane tickets, and a million other little tasks. My to-do list seems to be a mile long and no matter how many items I try to cross off it never gets any shorter.
With all the busyness we are trying to cherish the things that we love about the island, while we still can. There are definitely things about island living that we will miss. One of the big things is all of the outdoorsy activities. We hike almost every weekend, and we often find ourselves at one of the amazing beaches to watch sunsets or climb the dunes. There's no shortage of nature to enjoy.
Last weekend, we took a spin around the island in our beat-up car (also one of our favorite island activities) and got out at lots of beaches and trails to walk around and play in the woods. The footbridge is one of my favorite stops because it leads through the woods and out onto a big, deserted beach. It also just looks incredibly cool because it leads into some pretty thick forest and passes over a gorgeous creek.
We've never seen another human out at the footbridge beach, and it's far from town or any type of recognizable civilization. There are a few beach houses in the distance, but nobody ever seems to be home. It's about 15 miles from our front door to the footbridge, which is a 30ish minute drive on the rough, unpaved roads on the island. We spend most of the time bumping along, emphasis on bumping, at 20mph to get there. The dogs are always anxious to get out of the car and run around on the beaches, undisturbed by other animals or people. They can really cut loose in places like this.
There are so many little gems like this one on the island. Places where you can relax and be totally undisturbed. Places where nature seems mostly untouched and you're just a visitor, not an invader. It's definitely something I am going to miss.
Your turn...What are some of your favorite local gems in your town/area?
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