The Suggestion Box
By: N3 FeatureTeam
OK Near Northians can you spell 3 DAY WEEKEND?
Yes the usual couple of days to kick back and regroup, but wait, there’s an extra day attached to the end. An entire 24 hour period giving the weekend a 50% increase and as a bonus, reducing the following work week to the four day trek some of us have been waiting for decades to have become the norm.
Early weather reports are mixed but most indicate some rain so while being outside and engaging in a bit of appreciation for the natural wonders that abound in these parts, you may want to look into a few options for an occasional duck into dryness should it move from a drizzle to a downpour.
Newaygo will be kind of a centerpiece of activity drawing crowds to its downtown area for the annual arts and crafts festival so ably assembled by the River Country Chamber. Got young folks who live with you or some who may be just visiting? Make sure you check out the Kid’s Carnival. Take a tour of the museum, walk the streets in search of the best deals at the sidewalk sales and drink in the celebratory atmosphere that comes alive at this Start of Summer Soiree.
If you live on one of our many lakes or have friends and relatives who do it is hoped there will be some sunny stretches to grab a bit of water-driven action. Boating, tubing, skiing, swimming are all on the docket as pontoons, paddleboats, personal watercraft and the magic of motorless water travel via kayak or canoe await those who favor such activity.
Need a bit of river time? Wisner Rents Canoes, Croton Dam Float Trips, Pinky’s, and others farther adrift will set you up with your cruising pleasure. You can kayak or canoe down the Magnificent Muskegon, taking in the sights while putting in a little effort and exercise or you can meander the mighty Mo in the most absolutely indolent manner, slothfully streaming along with no cares and a flotilla of friends foods and the beverages of one’s choice.
Oh, and did I mention a campfire? If you have the access, spend a little time around a campfire or two this weekend. It’s good for your mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical health (if you limit the S’mores) and a great way to slow things down a bit, particularly if you enjoy it in a device-less manner.
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