Monday, September 21, 2009


Good Morning Douglas and Saugatuck, Michigan. It's official today is the last full day of summer! sad but true, so get out there and enjoy the day. First Day of Fall...autumn begins with the September Equinox on September 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm EDT.

On the equinox, the sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west. So on this day of the year you can find the exact cardinal directions of East and West by using the sun. The ancients did this when they set up their calendars at Stonehenge and the Mayan pyramid, among others.

The autumnal equinox for the northern hemisphere is the vernal equinox for the southern hemisphere. Another way to say this is that when fall begins for the northern hemisphere, spring begins for the southern hemisphere. Keeping this in mind can help you remember why we have seasons. If part of the globe has opposite seasons than the other half, then the reasons for the seasons is NOT because of how close or far away we are from the sun. The reason is related to the tilt of the Earth on its axis. As the north pole begins to tilt away from the sun, cooler weather comes to the northern hemisphere because the sun is no longer giving its direct rays to this part of Earth. In winter when the north pole is tilted its farthest away from the sun, we have the least amount of daylight hours and the coldest weather. You can even notice the angle of the sun and how it never gets as high above the horizon.

Today in West Michigan! Temps will be in the low 70's. We should be seeing some great fog by tonight too.

Here at Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast, it's an inside day. But there are plenty of things to do in the area.

Here are a few suggestions...

Head to the The Holland Museum it's located at 31 W. 10th Street in downtown Holland, an awesome place to spend a few Hours!

You can hit the Antique Mall and see all you grandparents old stuff, wander over the Lakeside Lanes in Douglas, they have 8 lanes and a pretty good lunch too.

Breakfast this morning is Baked Blueberry Pancakes, fresh fruit salad and banana bran muffins. Of course Italian Espresso organic coffee (yes-free trade too).

Don't forget to check out our calendar of events for September at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/news.html

From all of us here at Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast, have a wonderful inside day.