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July 27, 2014

Fresh Cut Flowers

Ken and I found an adorable farm near us that allows you to cut your own fresh flowers and make a fresh cut bouquet for only a few dollars. My beautiful bunch of fresh cut flowers only cost me $1 and had a few sunflowers (my favorite) in it.  I plan on stopping back at this farm very soon and continue to keep fresh flowers in my home for the bright, summery feeling and for the fresh fragrance the flowers bring to the home.

July 24, 2014

Thursday Evening Walk

It is amazing, the beauty you can find when you are looking for it 

 Nature is the most talented artist

July 21, 2014

From Coast to Coast

After spending the past few weekends vacationing along the coast of Lake Michigan, Ken and I ventured East to visit Lake Huron for the weekend. Growing up in the Detroit area; Caseville, Port Austin and other cities along the thumb were the hot spots for summer vacations. Since my dad was a kid, he and his family of 7 would rent cottages for the week one week a year in the Caseville area to spend a week relaxing and spending quality time with the family and Michigan's Great Lake, Lake Huron. The tradition is still going strong some 50 years later, the family is still doing it. This year, my brother and his girlfriend came up from Miami to partake in the annual tradition. What a wonderful weekend of relaxing, drinking and spending time with my amazing family.

While in Caseville, we are able to try a new brewery called, Thumb Brewery. They did only have one beer of theirs on tap, which was quite good, but I was slightly disappointed that they ran out of their Oatmeal Stout (these are my favorite!)  

When Ken and my brother, Jeff get together they just play like they are 10 years old. They bring mitts and balls of all types, frisbees, etc so they can just run and play together. Between Jeff and his girlfriend, Ken and I - we had so much fun with each other. 

And like any good Michigangster, we took every opportunity to walk the beach and watch the sunsets. Here are a few photos from our journey.

July 12, 2014

Day Four: Fame M-22 Journey

We woke up Sunday to strong winds and grey gloomy skies. We spent the morning debating whether to stay in the Leelanau area and later head home that day or to continue our journey north to Michigan's Upper Peninsula for more days of adventure. The decision was made to make our way home due to the storms and rain coming our way.

Our first stop of the day was a quaint little breakfast diner in Leland; a place we had been to together when dating before our South Manitou Island backpacking trip. After loading up on pancakes (my favorite) and coffee, Ken went biking and I stayed in Leland to walk around this adorable town and hang out with Peugeot. I love this old fisherman village and the shops that surround the town are darling.

And of course, you cannot be in the Leelanau Peninsula without going to wineries... We only did make it to one winery, a place Ken and I had not been to before. It is an all organic winery called, Good Neighbor. Although they did not have a huge selection of wines, they did have really good ciders on tap including a Chai Cider and some kind of Raspberry Cider - both were excellent!

Following our wine tasting we drove around a bit and stopped in Newport to see what that little town was about, briefly then began our journey home. Heading South on M-22 we stopped in Frankfort again to fill up our growler with Stormcloud's epic beer and catch one last glimpse of the lighthouse here and my new little favorite Michigan town.

It was a long drive home with strong winds, heavy rain and one epic light show of lightning. We were glad we made the decision to head home with how bad the storms were Sunday and Monday. M-22 was very good to us and our van held up like a champ. It was the absolute perfect holiday weekend with my family, Northern Michigan and one 1981 Vanagon.

Happiness is Free.

July 10, 2014

Day Three: Fame M-22 Journey

By day three, my electrical devices were dead. Besides the lack of photos taken on day three, we still had a very busy day of exploring and living the Pure Michigan life. After coffee, we made our way into Traverse City to catch the Blue Angels perform - this was so cool and a highlight of the trip. I had seen the Blue Angels when I was a kid, but only now did I truly appreciate it. I felt like a kid again with a huge smile on my face and giggling as the screaming jets flew over my head. Watching this air show was worth the traffic congestion getting in and out of town. Although I do not have any photos of this event, I do have videos that I am still working on editing and will share soon.

Once the air show finished we headed south to Arbutus Lake to visit our friends Tim and Lisa. We spent time boating and playing in yet another beautiful Michigan lake until sun began setting and we found a camp site right around the corner from their cottage. Since we found our camping spot early in the evening we had time to relax, grill and finally celebrate the holiday with sparklers. Post celebrating, we jumped in the van to hide from the mosquitos and played cribbage for the rest of the night.

"Never go on trips with anyone you do not love." - Ernest Hemingway