Rolling out of bed at noon is a pretty strong indicator for an unproductive day…which is exactly what happened today. Except for that unproductive part. We had the Cliftons out last night for a slumber party. We are adults and can behave like children if we want, thankyouverymuch :). Last night was our best viewing opportunity for the 2012 Perseids, and we did not intend to squander our chance like we did last year.
Last year we had grand intentions, and then promptly fell asleep in our driveway. This year, we played on the patio and trampoline (by which I mean Jess and Jackson played on the trampoline), and then we watched two scary movies (by which I mean we watched one scary movie and one terrible/funny movie). At 2:00 am (EST), we gathered up pillows and sleeping bags and headed outdoors. If you haven’t watched the Perseids and have even a passing interest in awesome things flying through the night sky, you should plan on watching these next August. This year’s meteor shower was an impressive display. Many had long, bright tails, and we saw multiples shoot through the sky at once on several occasions. Tony and I finally made our way to bed around 5:00 this morning. Hence our noon awakening.
We weren’t feeling overly ambitious. I think our plans consisted mostly of not being inside on the couch, and getting coffee. After coffee, we still had no destination, but remembered that Tony broke his kayak paddle after his brief excursion with Zylar, so we went and picked up a couple of new paddles. A broken paddle is just the excuse one needs when trying to justify buying new equipment that one wants but doesn’t really need – FYI 😉
Paddles in hand, we finally settled on a destination: Frankfort. It’s a quaint little town on the northwest coast that we had been to many times, but never stopped in – and they have a lighthouse! We wandered over Lake Michigan’s surprisingly calm waters – especially so considering the last couple days’ windiness – and out to the lighthouse. The trek along the breakwater afforded a not-often-seen view of the towering sand bluffs back on shore.
We spent the afternoon watching boats come and go, fishermen cast and reel and cast, and birds dive and wheel and preen. We remarked on the area’s abundant beauty and its laid-back atmosphere, and lamented (well, I’m lamenting…Tony might be cheering) the impending arrival of autumn.
Oh yeah – we even worked in a trip to the grocery store to get those three things that are always different, but always on the list. Productive indeed. Ahhhh.