I don't think there are cleaner, larger, or more beautiful fresh-water lakes in the world.
The Great Lakes surrounding Michigan are all that. Living away from them makes us appreciate them even more. So this summer, we decided to spend our vacation near the lakes, and near family.
We left very, very early Saturday morning. Laura assumed her regular sleeping-travel pose.
We were at the cabin less than one hour, and they were already in the water. Temps were in the high 60s...brrrr...
My favorite time of the day? My quiet, early morning time with my Bible and coffee, listening to the waves, and watching the freighters.
Early travel mornings and swimming make for tired kids...even the teenager. The bright sunrise couldn't stir this kid!
Breakfast outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine.
In no time, they were back in the water swimming, collecting shells and rocks, and playing in the sand.
That night, Amarin chose BW2s for dinner for his Gotcha Day. 5 years with us! He chose THE spiciest sauce they offered. Someone's mouth was pretty "on-fire!"
While at dinner, a huge storm blew through the area. Boats were damaged, docks were destroyed, and the waves were huge! The north wind blew hard, and made for a cool Monday. We took the kids to a local village to shop, and then to the longest suspension bridge in Michigan. They thought it was a hoot to run and swing across the bridge. I decided to stay put at the end with Laura!
Then off to visit family, and snuggle in the warm house.
Later, well...Laura tried to get in some more swim time. Sorry...no water, Laura.
It's always good to see "old" friends again. These gals visited with their kids. We had such a fun time catching up, and chatting like time hadn't passed at all.
Jacob and his friends...so goofy!
Hot dog roast over the bonfire!
And icecream cones for our friend's 12th birthday.
It's a great start to our vacation!