|all photos Sherry Crocker|
The first thing that you have to know about Traverse City is how to pronounce it. I know that it is spelled traverse, emphasis on the "verse". But anyone who lives here, has ever lived here pronounces it TRAVerse, like TRAVis. Sure ol' Dan Webster would be grinding his gears in his grave over this one, but it's just what we say. I suppose in part to separate us from the rest of the world and to make the distinction between the city and an actual traverse, which we all still pronounce correctly, and just because. I hate to admit it, but it may simply be a result of the rest of the immigrants to the north mispronounced it just to piss off the French who were first here. They fought alongside of us in the American Revolutionary War but seemed to run amok claiming resources afterward. Most of the northern portion of the United States from New York to Minnesota was harvested by French traders and lumbermen. The Menards home improvement chain is just another incarnation of the Menard company that started cutting down the forests almost the second the war was over.
And with the way the French ran over their own people, I can imagine the snubbing that French citizens would have had when they got here. My dad had an irrational dislike for them that carried from his dad. And I don't imagine he was alone. There is almost nothing left of any sort of French heritage evident in the place names or traditions. In fact the only real connection that springs easily to mind is the fact that we live in the Pere Marquette national forest. I imagine once the French Revolution happened a lot of the world lost respect for French policies even though French philosophers influenced Jefferson and the way he helped to shape our constitution.
The Boardman is popular for fishing, boating, kayaking and paddle boarding. Sadly the water is overrun by zebra muscles and lamprey eels. A river walk runs most of the length of the rivers' course through the city itself though it ends before the mouth.
I took these photos yesterday which was hazy from a long spell of humid weather sitting on us. Normally the colors are much brighter, rivaling anything you would see in NatGeo of the Croatian coast or the Bahamas. I am feeling much more adventurous these days so more photos should come soon.
In the meantime I have an art blog to update with reshoots of some work and some more moving to do.