Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer Getaway 2016: Mackinaw City | Mackinac Island

A couple of weeks ago, the mister and I took special trip out of our norm of camping and road tripped it to Mackinaw City, Michigan.  Once we got there, we had to cross over THE bridge from the Upper Peninsula to the lower.  It's one of the longest in the world and I may have cussed a little bit while driving over it--don't judge, I was frightened for my life.

We stayed at a quaint little mobile home right near the strip and could walk to EVERYTHING.  It was amazing.  We learned about a lot of the history of the city and the island and saw some pretty cool historical sites and attractions.  I loved watching the local Karaoke show and just hanging out people watching.

The island was as blissful as I thought it'd be and riding a tandem bike the 8 miles around it was my favorite part.  Besides its glorious views and timeless appeal, it's also rich in fudge, candy and t-shirt shops! :P 

I would definitely love to go back to visit Mackinaw again as well as more of the lower peninsula.  But one 17 hour round trip road trip per summer is good enough for me for now!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Camping Trip #4 (2016) Lutsen, MN

We headed out to Lutsen this week for Curt's bike race in the Lutsen 99'er (though he only did the 19er).  On our way there, we stopped for a night at Bent Trout Lake Campground a couple hours north of us and it was quite the hidden gem.  We were bummed we had to pack up and be on our way so soon--we'll definitely visit there again.  We headed off to adventure at Lambs Resort near Lutsen and enjoyed the sights and sounds of Lake Superior just a stones throw away--literally.  And a lot of stone throwing we did! We also had the greatest time hiking around Temperance river and up the hidden falls.  It was a public park, but as we were hiking it, it felt like we were the only ones there!  It was easy to imagine that we were not in Minnesota anymore with sites we got to take in! We took a quick detour to Grand Marais to eat lunch and indulge in donuts before getting back to the campground.  We finished off our weekend away with the big race and cheering daddy and other family and friends on.  It was a short 4 day getaway, but always an adventure! Can't wait for our next one, though we'll have to do some work on the 'ol Nomad first as the doom and gloom weather took a toll on her on the way home :(


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