Northern Michigan Exciting Travel and Vacation Ideas on a Budget

Northern Michigan is the perfect travel and vacation destination with something to offer for everyone: Golfing, fishing, hiking, boating and other water activities to name just a few. With so much to offer and so much to see, making your vacation plans could be complicated, and with travel expenses and the price of gas higher than in more recent years, getting the most for your vacation dollar is important.Choose Boyne FallsMaking Boyne Falls, Michigan your travel and vacation destination will give you and your family more things to see and do in Northern Michigan and save money.o    Boyne Falls is centrally located to hundreds of the most popular vacationing activities.o    Only 6 miles from Lake Charlevoix, offering free boat launching, with plenty of free parking right on the lake.o    Minutes away from shopping, and dinning choices offering tasty burgers to exquisite fine dinning.o    Only 50 miles away from the Mackinaw Bridge.o    Home to the Annual Polish Festival held the First week of August.o    Boyne City Morel Mushroom festival.o    Close to dozens of Northern Michigan wineries.o    Enjoy golfing on some of the most popular courses in all of Michigan.o    Access to hiking, biking, fishing and almost endless possibilities of other fun and exciting things to see and do.The winter season is just as exciting and popular for your next vacation plan as well. Boyne Falls is located right next to Boyne Mountain and less than 30 minutes away from Nub’s Nob, and many other exciting snow skiing and winter sports locations. There is even hundreds of miles of action packed snowmobile trails that start in the Boyne Falls area.Comfortable Inexpensive LodgingThe focus of your vacation is going out and doing and seeing things, and the cost of lodging shouldn’t be a burden to your budget. By staying in Boyne Falls you can save hundreds of dollars on lodging, and get all of the creature comforts that those higher prices hotel chains offer at almost double the price. There are many local motels in the area that offer the same amenities as the more higher prices hotel and motel chains, but change up 60% less, and with savings like that you put that money back in your pocket where it belongs and have more money available to see and do more on your vacation!The bottom line in planning your vacation is to get the most value for your money and open up your options for sightseeing, and just having more fun, and Boyne Falls can make all of that a reality for less money and offering more fun all at the same time!o    3 airports super close, with one right in town, one 6 miles away in Boyne City, and Pellston Regional Airport only 35 miles away serving many major airlines companies.o    Access to local rental cars, boats, jet skis, bicycles.o    A large variety of shops and stores for your convenience.o    Perfectly located to all of the areas more popular tourist, and sightseeing attractions.There is truly something for everyone in Boyne Falls. Isn’t it time you vacationed in Boyne Falls Michigan?

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7
My Dad repaired most of our shoes believe it or not, I can hardly believe it myself now. With 7 pairs of shoes always needing repairs I think he was quite clever to learn how to “Keep us in shoe Leather” to coin a phrase!

He bought several different sizes of cast iron cobbler’s “lasts”. Last, the old English “Laest” meaning footprint. Lasts were holding devices shaped like a human foot. I have no idea where he would have bought the shoe leather. Only that it was a beautiful creamy, shiny colour and the smell was lovely.

But I do remember our shoes turned upside down on and fitted into these lasts, my Dad cutting the leather around the shape of the shoe, and then hammering nails, into the leather shape. Sometimes we’d feel one or 2 of those nails poking through the insides of our shoes, but our dad always fixed it.

Hiking and Swimming Galas
Dad was a very outdoorsy type, unlike my mother, who was probably too busy indoors. She also enjoyed the peace and quiet when he took us off for the day!

Anyway, he often took us hiking in the mountains where we’d have a picnic of sandwiches and flasks of tea. And more often than not we went by steam train.

We loved poking our heads out of the window until our eyes hurt like mad from a blast of soot blowing back from the engine. But sore, bloodshot eyes never dampened our enthusiasm.

Dad was an avid swimmer and water polo player, and he used to take us to swimming galas, as they were called back then. He often took part in these galas. And again we always travelled by steam train.

Rowing Over To Ireland’s Eye
That’s what we did back then, we had to go by rowboat, the only way to get to Ireland’s eye, which is 15 minutes from mainland Howth. From there we could see Malahide, Lambay Island and Howth Head of course. These days you can take a Round Trip Cruise on a small cruise ship!

But we thoroughly enjoyed rowing and once there we couldn’t wait to climb the rocks, and have a swim. We picnicked and watched the friendly seals doing their thing and showing off.

Not to mention all kinds of birdlife including the Puffin.The Martello Tower was also interesting but a bit dangerous to attempt entering. I’m getting lost in the past as I write, and have to drag myself back to the present.

Fun Outings with The camera Club
Dad was also a very keen amateur photographer, and was a member of a camera Club. There were many Sunday photography outings and along with us came other kids of the members of the club.

And we always had great fun while the adults busied themselves taking photos of everything and anything, it seemed to us. Dad was so serious about his photography that he set up a dark room where he developed and printed his photographs.

All black and white at the time. He and his camera club entered many of their favourites in exhibitions throughout Europe. I’m quite proud to say that many cups and medals were won by Dad. They have been shared amongst all his grandchildren which I find quite special.

He liked taking portraits of us kids too, mostly when we were in a state of untidiness, usually during play. Dad always preferred the natural look of messy hair and clothes in the photos of his children.

EzGro Garden Product Review

If you’re new to gardening and are looking for an easy way to grow organic food, I have the perfect solution for you. In this article I will give you a real-life EzGro Garden review. This was the first hydroponic system my family ever used. We were complete novices when we purchased the EzGro garden. I have to admit, this system was what started our gardening journey. After several years of enjoying strawberry harvests we were hooked! If you’re ready to learn more about the EzGro garden, read on for some great information.What is the EzGro Garden?The EzGro Garden is a simple, low-maintenance hydroponic system. EzGro Gardens are very efficient systems that require minimal space and are very low maintenance. It might surprise you to know that hydroponic systems actually use less water than soil based gardens. It’s true though.EzGro offers two different types of systems: the outdoor hanging garden and the patio garden. If you’re ready to start growing healthy, organic food right on your patio you should consider an EzGro Garden. If we can do it, you can too!EzGro Patio GardenI don’t want to leave anything out in this EzGro garden review, so let me begin by telling you about the EzGro Patio Garden. The patio garden is a compact vertical garden designed to be used on your patio or deck. It stands 4 feet tall and can grow anywhere from 20-80 plants. When you purchase the garden patio kit you will get everything you need to start growing right away. All you need to buy are seeds! Once you fill the reservoir and set the timer, this system practically runs itself. It’s fully automated. All you need to do is check the reservoir tank every 10-14 days. You simply fill the reservoir with water and add nutrients, that’s it!The cool thing about the EzGro Patio Garden is that it can be used indoors as well. So you can avoid the harsh weather in the winter if you have a sunroom or sunny window with plenty of natural light. Once you purchase the EzGro garden you will be hooked for life, just like my family. This is a lifetime system. All you’ll need to purchase in years to come are additional nutrients and seeds for growing. How great is that?Included:* 5 Quad Pots, to grow 20 to 80 plants
* 5 gallon Reservoir Base & cover
* Irrigation Pump, tubing & timer
* Diffusion Cup
* Measuring Stick
* EzGro Nutrients, 3 part mix makes approx. 50gal
* EzGro Organic growing Medium
* Directions for useEzGro Hanging GardenThere EzGro Hanging Garden is a smaller option that can be hung from a tree, balcony, patio or anywhere you would hang a planter. The system holds 12 to 48 full sized plants, and comes complete with everything you need. If you want to grow strawberries, you may want to consider purchasing the hanging strawberry garden. It includes 25 strawberry plants. So you literally need nothing to start growing right away.Included:* 3 Quad Pots, to grow from 12 to 48 plants
* Diffusion Cup
* Chain Assembly
* EzGro Nutrients, 3 part mix makes approx. 50gal
* EzGro Organic growing Medium
* DirectionsI promise you will be impressed with the quality of these products. They make growing hydroponic veggies, fruit and herbs simple. It’s so EZ (easy) you will be impressed, and the guests who visit your home will love to see your lovely garden. These systems are not only a great investment, but they are a great focal point. A growing garden is a beautiful thing. Why not get your EzGro garden today? Impress your friends and family, impress yourself. Go ahead, what are you waiting for?