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Fall In Ann Arbor along Huron River Drive

Being out on the open road in Autumn in Ann Arbor means there is a good chance you will find me on Huron River Drive.

Autumn Road trip in Ann Arbor, Michigan

A Fall in Ann Arbor is not complete unless a few trips is had on this roughly ten mile route between Ann Arbor and Dexter.

Fall In Ann Arbor along Huron River Drive

Ann Arbor Autumn along Huron River Drive

Autumn Road trip in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Fall In Ann Arbor along Huron River Drive

A good portion of the route snugs the Huron River. I found a few random spots to stop along the road to capture Autumn’s beauty. I was very careful when taking a lot these photos, as the speed is 35 mph throughout, but a lot of cars go flying through here.

Fall In Ann Arbor along Huron River Drive

Fall In Ann Arbor along the Huron River

Ann Arbor Autumn along Huron River Drive

Fall In Ann Arbor along the Huron River

Fall In Ann Arbor along the Huron River

I made sure to take some time, put the camera down and just reflect on what I was seeing. I just had to say it that way haha. Due to the sun angle this time of year, it can be hard to find spots with lots of light at times. I found this area by Barton Dam to be especially beautiful when it is lit up right after dawn.

Fall In Ann Arbor along Huron River Drive

Fall In Ann Arbor along the Huron River

Fall In Ann Arbor along Huron River Drive

My favorite part of this drive is from the Barton Nature Area parking area near Main Street until you reach Delhi Metropark. I will let the rest of the pictures do the talking. Cheers to Fall in Ann Arbor! ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚

Ann Arbor Autumn along Huron River Drive

Ann Arbor Autumn along Huron River Drive

Fall In Ann Arbor along Huron River Drive

Fall In Ann Arbor along the Huron River

Ann Arbor, Michigan Fall along Huron River Drive

Ann Arbor, Michigan Fall along Huron River Drive

Fall In Ann Arbor along the Huron River

Fall In Ann Arbor along Huron River

Autumn Road trip in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Autumn Road trip in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Checkout another Fall in Ann Arbor experience I love going to every year in Hello Ann Arbor Autumn! Time to Return to Parker Mill.

What Fall color drive do you like to take every year in Ann Arbor? Michigan? Or wherever you live?

Hello Ann Arbor Autumn! Time to Return to Parker Mill.

It’s mid-October in Michigan, which means it was time for some Ann Arbor Autumn color exploration. The first place I usually head to is Parker Mill County Park on the east end of town. The park reaches its peak early on while most everything else is still green, so there was no time to waste.

Fall in Ann Arbor leaves - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Fall leaves

My spot is on the south end of the park right alongside the wooden fence which separates the parking lot from Geddes Road. I don’t know what it is. The variety of orange, yellow, red and purple leaves plays a part. The change in elevation along the park plays a role, as does the historic Parker Mill Grist Mill in the background.

Fall in Ann Arbor leaves - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Fall leaves

Ann Arbor Autumn - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Autumn

Ann Arbor Fall colors - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Fall colors

Ann Arbor Autumn - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Autumn

The overhanging tree limbs and the way the fallen leaves collect on the ground also paints this as an Ann Arbor Fall spot for me.

Ann Arbor Fall colors - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Fall colors

Fall in Ann Arbor leaves - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Fall leaves

I’ll let the rest of the Michigan Fall colors to the talking.

Fall in Ann Arbor leaves - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Fall leaves

Ann Arbor Fall colors - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Fall colors

Ann Arbor Autumn - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Autumn

Fall in Ann Arbor leaves - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Fall leaves

Ann Arbor Fall colors - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Fall colors

Ann Arbor Autumn - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Autumn

Ann Arbor Fall colors - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Fall colors

Ann Arbor Autumn - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Autumn

Fall in Ann Arbor leaves - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Fall leaves

Ann Arbor Fall colors - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Fall colors

Ann Arbor Autumn - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Autumn

Ann Arbor Fall colors - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Fall colors

Ann Arbor Autumn - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Autumn

Check out my post from this very spot five years ago in Ann Arbor: Hanging with the Autumn Leaves at Parker Mill. Til we meet again next year!

Fall in Ann Arbor leaves - Parker Mill County Park, Michigan Fall leaves

Where do you go to capture Fall in Ann Arbor? Or wherever you live?

Back to Capture More Pure Michigan Sunflowers

It’s late August. Summer is on the downswing here in Michigan and the Midwest. That meant it was time to go hunting for some Pure Michigan sunflowers. Through a friend I learned about the Schell Family Farm just outside Downtown Pinckney. Sunflower score! ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป

Pure Michigan sunflowers - Schell Family Farm

Upon arriving at the entrance along Dexter-Pinckney Road, I took the hilly, lengthy dirt road until arriving at a tent just in front of the sunflowers.

A preview of what awaited me.

Hours for viewing the sunflowers are Friday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It costs $4 dollars, which includes being able to snip and take one home. You can take more sunflowers for an additional charge. Cutters and a bucket filled with water are provided to help you carry them. I learned how quickly sunflowers need water upon cutting or else they will wilt.

Pure Michigan sunflowers - Schell Family Farm

Pure Michigan sunflowers - Schell Family Farm

Pure Michigan sunflower field - Schell Family Farm

I kept the camera ready as I started out taking scores of pictures. They allow you to walk right into the sunflower field, pathway or not. I took advantage, also taking a few of the narrow pathways that cut out.

Pure Michigan yellow sunflower field - Schell Family Farm

Michigan orange sunflower field - Schell Family Farm

Sunflowers of all heights and colors will await you. There was a shorter yellow sunflower field, alongside a much taller orange themed one.

Michigan sunflower farm

Orange sunflower farm

I found time to take a nap amongst the sunflower beauty. ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป

Taking in the sunflowers

Based on previous sunflower visits, I know sunflowers donโ€™t stay in full bloom for very long, a few weeks at the most. The growers did say this is the peak week to visit (late August).

I spent about an hour navigating the Pure Michigan sunflower beauty. I will let the rest of my pictures do the talking.

Pure Michigan sunflowers in Pinckney

Pure Michigan sunflowers in Pinckney, Shrill Family Farm

Pure Michigan sunflowers in Pinckney, Shrill Family Farm

Pure Michigan sunflowers in Pinckney, Shrill Family Farm

Pure Michigan sunflowers in Pinckney, Shrill Family Farm

Pure Michigan sunflowers in Pinckney, Shrill Family Farm

Pure Michigan sunflowers in Pinckney, Shrill Family Farm

Pure Michigan sunflowers in Pinckney, Shrill Family Farm

Orange sunflowers in Michigan

Orange sunflowers in Michigan

yellow sunflower field

orange sunflower

bee on a sunflower

Michigan sunflowers at Shrill Family Farm

Michigan sunflowers at Shrill Family Farm

Michigan sunflowers at Shrill Family Farm

Michigan sunflowers at Shrill Family Farm

Michigan sunflowers at Shrill Family Farm

Michigan sunflowers at Shrill Family Farm

Schell Family Farm is not going to be just a sunflower farm. They are in the process of becoming an orchard and Christmas tree farm as well. You can even roam through a corn maze right now! At Halloween, you will be able to navigate a haunted forest, visit a pumpkin patch, and much, much more. It’s going to become a fun place to bring the kids and hang out. I saw a family eating at one of the nearby picnic tables after picking a bunch of sunflowers.

What a great first visit to Schell Family Farm. You can find them on Facebook.

Michigan sunflowers at Shrill Family Farm

Michigan sunflowers at Shrill Family Farm

Where else would you recommend going to see some Pure Michigan sunflowers? Where else have you come across them in your travels? ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป

An Ann Arbor Coffee and A Drive During the Polar Vortex

We just escaped what was deemed the “Polar Vortex” here in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the Midwest. Temperatures were brutally cold never getting close to 0 degrees Fahrenheit for two days. You add in the wind and it was pure misery. That didn’t stop me from capturing the scene at dawn during an Ann Arbor coffee and a drive.

A lot of shops and places were closed during this time for good reason, but Roos Roast, a popular Ann Arbor coffee shop and roaster, was open. It was a great thing in that it gave people a place to come in and warm up and have some hot caffeinated beverages.

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Roos Roast coffee shop

You could tell how cold it was based on the ice on the windows which you can normally see right through.

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Roos Roast coffee shop

I absolutely love the Roos Roast coffee mugs. The coffee of choice to put in it on this morning was some basic drip coffee made from their signature Lobster Butter Love coffee beans. I always wanted to capture this mug with a Main Street backdrop. It took -16 degree (actual temperature) conditions for me to do so.

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Roos Roast morning coffee - Main Street

Magical. While I was capturing about a block away from the shop, I directed a couple of police officers that were looking for an open coffee shop. They had wondered where I got this cup of coffee.

No worries as I did not drink any coffee out here. My gloves were also on stand by. I took these shots and I was quickly back inside warming up. The good thing is that the bitter cold lad to a lot less traffic which enabled me to stand right in the middle of Main Street to capture.

Ann Arbor bucket list item, check!!!

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Roos Roast morning coffee - Main Street

After freezing with my cup of coffee, then warming up, it was time for a drive. I headed for quick stroll down Huron River Drive. I’ve mentioned this route on nultiple occassions as it is beautiful no matter what time of year. That certainly holds true in arctic like conditions.

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive - sunrise

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive

The sun coming out in full swing did nothing for the temperature. It just magnified the winter beauty that this part of Ann Arbor and Huron River Drive gives off. Again -16 degrees, brrrr.

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive

It was a shivering but fun morning doing one of favorite Ann Arbor activities, getting a coffee and going for a drive down Huron River Drive.

Have you ever found yourself in bitter cold conditions in your travels? Ever come into contact with a Polar Vortex?

The 2018 Coffee Moment(s) for Me

Happy Holidays to all! 2018 is almost in the books. Itโ€™s been another coffee filled year. Shocking I know! Iโ€™ve enjoyed numerous coffees via the AeroPress, French Press and various pour over devices along with an endless number and variety of specialty lattes. That is just the tip of the iceberg.

Ann Arbor coffee in 2018, Michigan coffee experiences

My coffee experiences this year have been confined to mostly the Ann Arbor area in Michigan. Traveling has been infrequent as we got ready for and brought another little future coffee drinker into the world.

2018 in coffee is highlighted by the Pixgram Video below. The background song choice this year is “Waking Up” by Dexter Britain. How fitting since I tend to drink a lot of my coffee in the waking hours of the day!

The cover photo honor and most memorable moment this year goes to a summer experience I had at Comet Coffee. I took part in a Japanese iced coffee tasting as part of Ann Arbor’s first Caffeine Crawl. What a day bouncing between shops, mingling with shop owners, baristas and other fellow coffee lovers. It was also memorable because it increased my interest for learning about cold coffee. In fact you have to love any coffee experience at this shop because it sits right within the architecturally beautiful Nickels Arcade right across from the University of Michigan.

All of the coffee photos in the video came from my Coffee Ann Arbor Instagram account. The memorable experiences in this little part of the world for coffee lovers seems to be endless.

Too many more coffee moments in 2019! I look forward to seeing you all in Ann Arbor and beyond out on the caffeinated open road. Cheers! Aaron

Check out the great coffee moments from last year in The 2017 Coffee Moment(s) for Me.