Between Niles and Coldwater, I kept getting out of the car at various points.
Continuing east, just outside of Galien, the fruit picking commenced at Springhope Farm. I hopped on a tractor ride with families out for some late-season fun and picked bright orange Redhaven peaches as they were in season.
My Michigan road trip started on US-12 at the state line with Indiana. Heading north, I was quickly in the heart of New Buffalo along Lake Michigan. The swim trunks, flip-flops, and beach towel came out.
Walking in and now amongst the homegrown preserves, jams, breads, and other treats, I ordered a deli sandwich with a summer theme, The Picnic Basket.
While the coffee was refreshing, I desired a true warm summer day treat. That next led me to downtown Niles and the Paris Soda Company.
I parked the car near Campus Martius where Michigan Avenue begins. I experienced the beach (you heard that right), landscaping, city vibe, and the surrounding skyline.