Someone recently asked me why I live in Rogers City. Looking for the right answer my mind began to wander. If the body follows with a short walk, it can be a refreshing experience.
Up and down the street, flower gardens are starting to bloom. Small patches of color dot the yards of almost every house you pass.Great Lakes freighters glide slowly by on their way from port to port carrying the cargo that keeps the wheels of the world turning.
Geese swim by with this seasons young in a silent parade on ponds. The muffled sound of water passing over the damn as it continues the journey downstream.
Down at the ball fields, softball teams practice their moves in preparation for the next big game.
An informal basketball game at the court in Lakeside park fills the air with the sounds of the ball as it makes it way across the court and bounces off the backboard.
Neighbors smile and wave to one another as they work in their yard. The smiles and waves continue as a young couple pass by on their bicycles.
At the marina the boats slowly dance back and forth on their lines as a gentle breeze makes its way in off the lake.
Down the trail past the wildflower garden, across the bridge over the river and into the woods, a chorus of frogs sing in the pond as blue jays call through the trees, announcing our movements as we pass by.
In a meadow along the trail, a small group enjoys an evening picnic. The aroma of the food on the grill fills the air, replacing the scents of pine and cedar as you exit the woods.
On the beach, waves lap at the shoreline as the sun slowly continues it’s journey westward across the sky. Shore birds take flight as the evening approaches. Sky colors exchange places as stars begin to appear on the eastern horizon.
A few drops of rain fall as we continue our walk. A brightly colored rainbow appears, rising from the surface of the lake to cross overhead and disappear into the landscape west of town.
As the wind changes direction, the familiar scent of a campfire burning somewhere in the distance catches your attention. In the future when someone asks me about Rogers City, I think I’ll just tell them to take a hike. They’ll appreciate the advice. - Alan Stiller
Photo by Roger Wenzel, head of DPW
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