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Old 03-30-2011, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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I also love that not only does Michigan have the great lakes, but we also have two other inland lakes named in the top ten most beautiful lakes in the world. Torch Lake #3 and Houghton Lake #6 We also have one of the most beautiful rivers anywhere in the Au-Sable river, which is in one of the most underrated areas in Michigan. Its just insane the possibilities you have, when you need to get away from the rat race and be one with nature.
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Ocqueoc, MI - Extreme N.E. Lower Peninsula
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I'm an absolute water NUT. I enjoy any activity that has me near, on, in, or under water. So, where did I move? Smack in the middle of Ohio, where the only clear water is in a dive quarry or coming from a faucet. (Just a few more months until that little problem is rectified. )

Being around the crystal clear waters of northern Michigan gives me a sense of peace that I rarely feel anyplace else. Living up there full time will be the realization of a lifelong goal.
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Old 03-30-2011, 12:17 PM
 
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I'm an absolute water NUT. I enjoy any activity that has me near, on, in, or under water. So, where did I move? Smack in the middle of Ohio, where the only clear water is in a dive quarry or coming from a faucet. (Just a few more months until that little problem is rectified. )

Being around the crystal clear waters of northern Michigan gives me a sense of peace that I rarely feel anyplace else. Living up there full time will be the realization of a lifelong goal.

You said it so well! I think northwest lower Michigan is one of the most peaceful places on earth! I can just sit at the water's edge and feel so perfectly content. It's been a year and a half since I've been home, but I'm making a trip there in late April for Easter-SOOOO excited!!! I plan to take one whole day to just stare at the lake.
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:04 PM
 
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I'm an absolute water NUT. I enjoy any activity that has me near, on, in, or under water. So, where did I move? Smack in the middle of Ohio, where the only clear water is in a dive quarry or coming from a faucet. (Just a few more months until that little problem is rectified. )

Being around the crystal clear waters of northern Michigan gives me a sense of peace that I rarely feel anyplace else. Living up there full time will be the realization of a lifelong goal.

You are not in love with Columbus, Ohio?
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Old 03-30-2011, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Ocqueoc, MI - Extreme N.E. Lower Peninsula
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You are not in love with Columbus, Ohio?
Ambivalent might be the best way to describe how I feel about Columbus. No love...no hate...no feeling really one way or the other. I regret that we'll be moving away from the good friends we've made here, but that's really it.

Don't get me wrong. Columbus has been very good to us and for us. We've had a good life here for the past 15 years. But, I can honestly say that I always knew that at some point we would move back to Michigan.
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Old 03-30-2011, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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Ambivalent might be the best way to describe how I feel about Columbus. No love...no hate...no feeling really one way or the other. I regret that we'll be moving away from the good friends we've made here, but that's really it.

Don't get me wrong. Columbus has been very good to us and for us. We've had a good life here for the past 15 years. But, I can honestly say that I always knew that at some point we would move back to Michigan.
your gonna be moving to such a great area. Close to everything northern MI. has to offer.... including the U.P!!....man I am jealous! I hope we will be moving north in a few years...I cant take it down here anymore!
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Old 03-30-2011, 05:56 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Being around the crystal clear waters of northern Michigan gives me a sense of peace that I rarely feel anyplace else.
A few years ago I might have thought you were exaggerating a bit about the sense of peace water gives you... now though I totally know what you mean. One of my sons has a form of Aspergers Syndrome and was having a very difficult time while we were living in Maine. When we went on vacation so the family could see where I grew up (Mason County, MI) , he instantly became a different kid as soon as he saw Lake Michigan. Relaxed, more communicative, and just a more open kid. As soon as we left to go back to Maine he clammed back up and was difficult to reach again. Once the decision to move was made he started to relax again just from the knowledge that the Water was going to be close again. He doesn't has to go to the Lake every day, or even a couple times a month, just knowing it is close is enough to keep him out of his shell. That allows us and his teachers to equip him with the coping skills needed to deal with his condition.

So, I guess one of the things I love about Michigan is that it allows my son to be himself and not locked away within himself when exposed to new people. Don't know why it is the Great Lakes that affect his so much, the ocean sure didn't do it for him.
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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A few years ago I might have thought you were exaggerating a bit about the sense of peace water gives you... now though I totally know what you mean. One of my sons has a form of Aspergers Syndrome and was having a very difficult time while we were living in Maine. When we went on vacation so the family could see where I grew up (Mason County, MI) , he instantly became a different kid as soon as he saw Lake Michigan. Relaxed, more communicative, and just a more open kid. As soon as we left to go back to Maine he clammed back up and was difficult to reach again. Once the decision to move was made he started to relax again just from the knowledge that the Water was going to be close again. He doesn't has to go to the Lake every day, or even a couple times a month, just knowing it is close is enough to keep him out of his shell. That allows us and his teachers to equip him with the coping skills needed to deal with his condition.

So, I guess one of the things I love about Michigan is that it allows my son to be himself and not locked away within himself when exposed to new people. Don't know why it is the Great Lakes that affect his so much, the ocean sure didn't do it for him.
I really think our great lakes have some kind of "positive energy" and I know they say water is a great conductor...but whenever I get close to them I can start to feel a totally different feel. Lake Superior really has something over me that I just cant explain...its very interesting about your son.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Ocqueoc, MI - Extreme N.E. Lower Peninsula
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A few years ago I might have thought you were exaggerating a bit about the sense of peace water gives you... now though I totally know what you mean. One of my sons has a form of Aspergers Syndrome and was having a very difficult time while we were livhing in Maine. When we went on vacation so the family could see where I grew up (Mason County, MI) , he instantly became a different kid as soon as he saw Lake Michigan. Relaxed, more communicative, and just a more open kid. As soon as we left to go back to Maine he clammed back up and was difficult to reach again. Once the decision to move was made he started to relax again just from the knowledge that the Water was going to be close again. He doesn't has to go to the Lake every day, or even a couple times a month, just knowing it is close is enough to keep him out of his shell. That allows us and his teachers to equip him with the coping skills needed to deal with his condition.

So, I guess one of the things I love about Michigan is that it allows my son to be himself and not locked away within himself when exposed to new people. Don't know why it is the Great Lakes that affect his so much, the ocean sure didn't do it for him.
That is one of the coolest stories I have ever heard. What an amazing thing.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:40 PM
 
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I'm so happy for you and your son. I wonder why it is the ocean didn't have the same effect, but it's for sure the Great Lakes are special and a true treasure!
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