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!

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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.

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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!!

northern-michigan-dune-jumping

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.

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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 :)

Marget
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!

Susan
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

Rob
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.