Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Out For A Long Walk

I had a great time visiting Jae. Thursday we went to the LYS where she teaches knitting occasionally.

LYSThe store is known locally for it's wonderful hand dyed yarns. Each of type of yarn is named after a Michigan city and the colorways are named Michigan terms or places - like River Rouge, Trout, Up North, or Bois Blanc Island.

While I was there, I took a ride on a fancy yarn carousel ride. Jae called it a swift, but I thought it was more like an amusement park ride.

yarn carousel
Saturday morning, Jae and I went on a walking tour of Clarkston. The downtown area is small and very old. She told me that in the 1980's the village of Clarkston was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The first settlers arrived in 1830 and some of the buildings date back to the mid 1800's.

Originally, part of a land settlement for soldiers in the War of 1812, Clarkston had an early history of lumber mills. The mill pond still exists and runs through the center of town.

We also saw the old school house that Henry Ford converted into a factory. On the third floor, Mr. Ford used to hold squared dances. Now it is the building for the city's local government.

Town Hall
Across the street from the town hall is one of the oldest homes of Clarkston. It used to belong to Nelson Clark. Nelson and his brother Jeremiah were important characters in the history of Clarkston and the town is named after them.

Clark home
I had a great time seing the city. Although, all the walking around town really wore me out. I'm glad that Jae packed my things and made a nice place for me to rest on my journey. I can't wait until I see what wonderful places I'll go next.

I (Jae) need to add that my husband mailed Gnorm to his next destination but failed to put enough postage on him. I don't want to give away the surprise, but if he arrives postage due - I promise to make good on it. Please forgive my husband. He is truly sorry and doesn't want to face the wrath of knitters. ;)


Knittymuggins said...

Love the swift carousel! And the historic buildings were super cool! Makes me want to visit Michigan :)

Stephanie said...

Gnorm is making the rounds!! Where is Gnuman these days?

Nichole said...

Great pics... any where is Gnuman???

Jodi said...

Looks like Gnorm had a great time! Quite the unique use of the swift, I must say.

Michelle said...

What a cute cute Gnome! I can't believe I missed out on this one. I love gnomes!

Top Hat said...

Don't worry Jae, I found him in his package just fine. Pictures soon, of course! And thanks for the delicious yarn!