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The two RV Gypsies enjoyed
Grand Traverse Bay
in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan 
September 14, 2015

Traverse City (/ˈtrævərs ˈsɪti/ or local /ˈtrævər.sɪti/) is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the largest city in the 21-county Northern Michigan region.

The Traverse City area is the largest producer of tart cherries in the United States. Near the time of cherry harvest, the city hosts the annual week-long National Cherry Festival in the first full week of July, attracting approximately 500,000 visitors annually. The surrounding countryside also produces grapes, and is one of the centers of wine production in the Midwest. Tourism, both summer and winter, is another key industry. The Traverse City area features varied natural attractions, including freshwater beaches, vineyards, a National Lakeshore, downhill skiing areas, and numerous forests. In 2009, Trip Advisor named Traverse City the number two small town travel destination in the United States. In 2012, the city was listed among the 10 best places to retire in the U.S. by U.S. News.

Michigan map showing location of Traverse City map showing location of Grand Traverse Bay

Grand Traverse Bay is a bay of Lake Michigan formed by the Leelanau Peninsula in the northwestern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. The bay is 32 miles long, 10 miles wide, and up to 620 feet deep in spots. It is divided into two arms by the Old Mission Peninsula. The entire bay is conterminous with the Grand Traverse Bay Bottomland Preserve. It should not be confused with Grand Traverse Bay of Lake Superior, located on the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Grand Traverse Bay Karen Duquette walks in the water at Grand Traverse Bay
Karen Duquette checks out the rock monument Grand Traverse Bay

As usual, Lee did not go in the water. He stayed on shore and photographed the multitude of birds that were quietly sitting on rocks in the middle of the bay.

birds on rocks Grand Traverse Bay
rock monuments Karen Duquette walks in the water at Grand Traverse Bay
Karen Duquette walks in the water at Grand Traverse Bay Karen Duquette relaxes at Grand Traverse Bay
Karen Duquette walks in the water at Grand Traverse Bay rock monuments and birds on the rocks
Karen Duquette walks in the water at Grand Traverse Bay
Grand Travers Bay Grand Travers Bay
a pretty plant

Then the two RV Gypsies drove to downtown Traverse City to relax in a city park.

Lee Duquette helps the boy ride his bike plaque: Time to Let Go statue

The two RV Gypsies took a walk on the pier and checked out the big boulders.

a long walk on the pier Lee Duquette
boats

A giant canoe robot

A giant canoe robot A giant canoe robot
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