Summertime in Northern Michigan

8 July 2013

John and I just got back from our first big trip of the summer – a week in Northern Michigan!


His family shares a cottage on the shore of a small lake near Lake Michigan. The accommodations are rustic, but that’s okay, because the surroundings are spectacular.


We didn’t spend much time inside at all, actually. The beautiful weather turned this past week into one of my most active in the last few years: we biked, hiked, climbed dunes, jumped off dunes, ran down dunes, waterskiied, knee boarded, kayaked, played tennis, swam… my muscles were feeling it by the end of the week!!


We did make time to visit a few favorites: Cherry Republic (they carry their theme to perfection!), the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Frankfort, Inspiration Point, and Riverside, among others.


We also had a campfire (and s’mores!) every night, and saw some jaw-dropping sunsets while doing so. One night, we even saw a smoldering sunset in one direction, and a double rainbow in the other! Amazing!

sunset and double rainbow

I hope y’all had an amazing Fourth of July!

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July 8, 2013 8:05 am

Wow!! What a cool, all-American vacation. Looks like it was the perfect way to spend the 4th!

July 8, 2013 10:21 am

Looks amazing! i just got back from a trip in Michigan too :)

July 8, 2013 10:51 am

Sigh. It was so lovely!

July 8, 2013 4:22 pm

I loved following along with your trip – Northern Michigan looks absolutely lovely! I cannot wait for your upcoming trip to Maine :)

Uncle John
July 8, 2013 6:26 pm

Lovely pictures; I’m glad you all had such a wonderful time! Love!

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Aunt Martha
July 9, 2013 9:09 am

What beautiful reminders of our fun times in Mich.

July 9, 2013 1:54 pm

Looks like an amazing trip! Those sunsets are amazing!

July 9, 2013 6:50 pm

Good to see your pictures even though we didn’t get to see you! Amazing shots and it looked like fun…perhaps a bit cooler than the Island? See you in August! XO

July 9, 2013 8:07 pm

We missed you, but it looks like a week very well spent! BTW, I love cherries, but tell the Republic to go easy on the bananas…

July 10, 2013 9:41 pm

Looks like my kind of summertime.