52 sundays; august 14, 2011

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by Debra on August 14, 2011

This barn captured my heart while on vacation in Michigan two years ago . . . before I ever started blogging . . . before I ever knew what a ‘blog’ was . . .

The Professor and I were desperately trying to make it to the top, climbing to the top of Sleeping Bear Dunes . . . let me re-phrase that, one of us was sure she was going to die . . . The Professor was doing just fine . . . but in my defense, I am barely 5′ 2″ and let’s just say I may or may not be packing a few extra pounds . . . do you know what happens when a 5′ 2″ someone – who may or may not be packing extra pounds – takes a step in soft sand on a dune that sits at about 90-degree angle??? She’s up to her thigh in sand with one leg and trying, none-to-gracefully to balance herself with the other . . . I rest my case . . . anyhoo . . .

On one of our many rests to catch my breath (seriously, was wondering when the oxygen masks were going to drop from the sky), I turned around and something silver caught my eye. I realized it was this beautiful barn – quite large because I could see it from about mid-point on that dune. It was so stunning, that when we finally descended that dune I asked The Professor to drive up and down the roads near there to find it so we could take these photos.

Apparently, it’s quite a famous barn – a 116-feet long dairy barn to be exact – and sits on 400 acres was originally owned by DH Day (David Henry Day); the farm is just South of Glen Haven and sits as a landmark of the agricultural heritage of the area.

And I’m happy to report that I did make it all the way to the top, albeit it took me an hour to do so – WOO!

We have some terrific entries for the Barn Project – take a peek at the Flickr stream – would love to have you participate; we choose our first month’s winner at the end of August – which isn’t very far away so get busy!