That’s right, another state I underestimated before living in the Midwest — Michigan. As we were talking about getting out of the city on one last vacation as non-parents, there were several things that drew us up the coast of Michigan and here they are, one day of our trip at a time (don’t worry, only 3 days):
1. Onekama, Michigan: We woke up on a Thursday morning and stopped off at Walgreens for tylenol and lumbar heat packs (turns out you are not supposed to lift heavy things when your pregnant). Then we drove 5 hours up to Onekama, a cozy little lake village where Tim’s Aunt Mary and Uncle Bill have built a beautiful home overlooking both Portage Lake and Lake Michigan. We were treated to fresh, homemade food, pine trees, rolling hills, a walk on the beach, and a beautiful sunset.
2. Our second draw to Northern Michigan was Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore which was voted as the most beautiful place in America last year on Good Morning America!! Check it out if you have never heard of it before (I know, I hadn’t) — “Most Beautiful Place in America Revealed!” We spent the afternoon driving the Pierce Stocking loop and hiking a short loop around the Dunes. There is one “Great Dune” that people walk up but we just enjoyed the view from the bottom:
Back at the campsite we had set up a nice “luxury” site. I wish I had a picture of Tim carrying the queen air mattress through the woods 200 yards, but this will have to suffice:
It was nice, chilly camping weather and we were treated to another beautiful sunset that evening. Our campsite was about a mile walk out to Lake Michigan where we had our own private chunk of beach. It was one of those times that truly felt holy as we felt our son moving around and watched God’s gift of creation change shape and color.
3. Our third day and destination took us to Traverse City. I have to admit that my fascination started last summer when I read an article in Bon Appetit on this foodie town. Granted I think the photographers at BA could make you want to go anywhere, I have had it on the top of my Midwest travel list ever since. We made it in time to wander around the Farmer’s Market and pick up local honey, Amish cheese, a bag of Honeycrisp apples, and some deliciously unhealthy caramel dip. Traverse City reminded us of a little Bellingham, WA (which is one of our favorite places). We spent our time watching college football, meandering in and out of shops, and eating and drinking our way through town at Union Jacks, Brew, Bistro FouFou, and the Omelette Shoppe the next morning. Overall, the babymoon was one of the best little weekend trips we have taken and it left our clothes smelling like campfire but our bodies rested and relaxed.
We continue to anticipate Baby V’s arrival as we hit our 26 week mark. He karate chops a lot these days and we enjoy watching my stomach move. More updates to come. Leaving you with a few pictures from the Farmer’s Market… Fall is here!