Monday, June 29, 2015

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore


We started out at our cabin close to Munising, working our way east. Our first stop of the day was Munising Falls, where we hiked around and enjoyed both the waterfall and the nearby beach at Sand Point. Still on the lookout for my wolf, I spotted tracks in the sand. Sure, maybe they were probably left by a dog, but the nearby deer tracks had this Harry Potter fan imagining that Padfoot, Moony, and Prongs were riding again.

Monday, June 22, 2015

UP We Go


The weather was beautifully sunny when we left Mackinac Island. The ferry sped us back over to Mackinaw City, where we hopped in our car to head over the 'Mighty Mac', the bridge that connects lower Michigan to the Upper Peninsula - or 'UP' in local parlance. It's the third longest suspension bridge in the United States, after the Verrazano-Narrows and the Golden Gate.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Mackinac Island

 

The ferry ride over and our walk around town the evening before had been gray and drizzly, so waking up to blue skies for our first full day on Mackinac Island was a treat.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Michigan's Lake Huron Coast


I had that dumb Kid Rock song stuck in my head, yet again. As the date of our road trip crept closer, it seemed to pop up with increasing frequency. It was summer of 2010 and I had just quit my first teaching job to move up to New York in the fall. While I was enjoying my last few months at home, my mom had been planning an epic two-week road trip around northern Michigan. At one point, she had been second-guessing her choice of destination ("I may have gone overboard - we could have gone overseas for all the planning this trip involves and what it's costing"), but in the end, it turned out to be one of our favorite family trips ever.