Alanson Aerial with Poem
Alanson is noted for its location on the famous Inland Waterway. It also is the junction of U.S. 31, and M-68. Nestled in the river valley, it is a most picturesque Village. Most remarkable of all, are the people who live here. The Village is just one square mile in size, and less than 1,000 people live here. That so few can accomplish so much is a great testament to volunteerism. The Alanson Hillside Gardens has gained national recognition, and The Alanson Riverfest has won many State awards. The Crooked River Firefighters sponsor an annual antique car show that is first class. Additionally, the Inland Waterway Museum is an attraction and focal point of the Village. Recently, The Alanson DDA & the Alanson Improvement Group, have installed a board walk along Crooked River. Visit www.villageofalanson.com for more information.
The Only Boat
For many years, we heated with wood. One cold winter day, I went outside for an armload of firewood. As I bent over to gather the wood, this line came out of nowhere, "The only boat on a fresh water sea." It took a few days for the rest of the poem to come. It took over 30 years to match it with the right photo. Living here in northern Michigan, there are many opportunities to photograph boats in blue skies and water, but none seemed to match the photo. Finally, on a trip back from Mackinaw Island with family, there it was in the Straits of Mackinaw. Even the boat is blue.