Black Lake (Part 1)










This is Black Lake.

My parents used to come up here back in the day (about 30 years ago) and our family has now gone for the past 11 summers. It sits on acres upon acres of wooded land in northern Michigan, as a private UAW education center built in the late 60s. Nature enthusiast Walter Reuther designed all of the buildings to run harmoniously throughout the woods and blend in with their surroundings, and they do.

There are classrooms, the main lodge, hotel rooms, a gymnasium, pool, and dining hall all with floor to ceiling windows and incredible wooded views. Each building is connected by above-ground tunnels lined with windows, too. There is also a campground (where we stay), cabins, beach, and golf course. Crazy, right? You can easily find yourself lost here, indoors or out. It's also a haven to beautiful deer, hungry raccoons, and cute chipmunks.

8 comments:

Naomi Bulger said...

These are absolutely beautiful photographs. I want to be there (and sit under a tree and read a book).

monsterscircus said...

Very beautiful photos! Sounds great, it's really nice to keep family traditions. Sounds so lovely and great with All the animals! Have a nice day and looking forward to hear about part II

Gloria said...

What a beautiful place to do some family bonding!

Laicie said...

Beautiful! I'm ready to go. :)

rooth said...

Black Lake feels like a peaceful nature retreat. How did it get its name? Something romantic and steeped in stories, I hope

Alison said...

11 summers?! Wow that's a cool family tradition and impressive that you have kept it up for so long. I love camping as a family, it's like living home again but dirtier.

Meagan said...

This place looks INCREDIBLE! Those windows must be perfect and that shot of the deer...makes me squeal!

Marsi @ The Cottage Cheese said...

Wow, so beautiful! What a wonderful tradition for your family to return to this special place year after year.

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