Unexplained Michigan mysteries: strange but true tales from the Michigan unknown by Gary Barfknecht — Reading true, unexplained tales like these late at night always creeps me out a little. But that's part of the fun!
Kyle's island by Sally Derby — It's a summer of change for twelve-year-old Kyle. His grandmother has died, his parents have separated, and his mother has just announced that the beloved family summer cottage in Cassopolis must be sold. Kyle's determined to make this family summer at the lake a good one despite all the upheaval. The vivid descriptions of the lake and cottage made me feel like I was right there alongside the characters, fishing and swimming.
I went to Bird's Nest. It is a stadium in Beijing, China. The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
My friends and I visited the Yule Love Lavender Farm in Leonard, Michigan a few weeks ago. They have a lovely U-Pick It garden, lots of lavender items for sale, and offer a Lavender Tea by reservation.