This past weekend, I went with my family to Union Pier, Michigan. We have been going to Michigan as long as I can remember. In fact, the cottage we stay in, we have gone to for 15 years! It truly is one of my favorite places...as my dad said this weekend, the sky is just bluer in Michigan.
We headed up to Michigan late morning on Saturday. To make the drive go by faster when we got stuck in traffic, we played the license plate game - one of my favorite car games! We didn't even get half, but it did help pass the time. My mom packed us a lunch, so we stopped at the Michigan rest stop/welcome center for lunch. It was a great place to stop - the weather was gorgeous so it was perfect to eat outside and they had samples of fresh Michigan blueberries at the door! After eating, we headed into New Buffalo. It was hopping - I have never seen so many people there. New Buffalo is great, because the main street houses cute little shops and yummy restaurants, with the marina and public beach at the end of it. We shopped around before it was time to meet my grandma at the cottage. Union Pier is the next town over, so it wasn't a far drive at all. Once we got to the cottage, we checked it out. It's always fun to see what is new in the house, or what has changed. The owner actually stopped by, too, with his sweet little pups. It was really neat to meet him, and to hear a little bit more about the history of the area. Apparently the place we stay, along with the surrounding cottages, were for teachers. The teachers would stay there and pick the blueberries, and other fruit planted around the area for the Welch's....as in Welch's grape juice! How crazy is that?! We headed down to the beach just to walk around. Since we didn't get there until late afternoon, we didn't get in the water that day, but took a walk along the beach and just enjoyed the weather. One of my favorite things to do on vacation is get ice cream. There is a place in New Buffalo called Oink's that has my very favorite ice cream - Blue Moon. I hadn't had this ice cream in 5 long years...we made sure to make a trip there Saturday evening before the sunset. I had the waffle cone and it was every bit as delicious as I remember. We headed back to the beach to watch the sunset, although we got there towards the tail end. It was still gorgeous! My mom always brings a puzzle on vacation, so we spent a good portion of the afternoon and evening working on that. We all were tired from traveling, so it was a pretty low-key night.
The next day I started out early with a run. For some reason running outside in St. Louis does not really appeal to me, but running outside in Michigan is a must for me! Years ago we figured out a running route, although I honestly don't remember how far it actually is! After I got back my mom and I decided to go for a walk to see if any new homes had popped up. It's so fun to look at all the beach homes and imagine having one myself. My aunt and cousin came in the morning, but they unfortunately brought the rain with them! It rained the majority of the morning, but luckily it cleared off right around lunch time. We wasted no time getting down to the beach! The water was definitely colder than the day before, but once you got all in, it felt very refreshing! The beach was a bit rocky right by the lake, but once you got in the sand was smooth under your feet. Between time in the lake, walking along the shore and reading, it was the perfect beach day. We had plans to go to one of our favorites, Redamak's, for dinner, so I stayed down at the beach as long as I could, soaking it all in until I had to head back up to get ready. My uncle made it up in time to join us for dinner, which was so nice. Redamak's is an institution - if you are ever in New Buffalo, you need to go there and get a burger. Yum! The wait was only 20 minutes, which honestly wasn't too bad. We ended the night at Oink's for more ice cream. My dad and I left shortly after to head home...we didn't know it at the time, but it was going to be quite the eventful drive. Traffic was great, which was so nice, but there were terrible storms. My dad has a ton of different apps, and the thunderstorm, tornado warnings kept going off left and right. Thank goodness my dad was driving, because I would have been a mess. We somehow timed it perfect, because we got to the affected areas right after the warnings had ended. Needless to say, we were so happy to be home.
I woke up to some more crazy weather, but by the time I was ready to go to work, it had mostly passed. I was about 15 minutes from home, when my dad calls that I forgot my straightener. I am so glad he found that when he did. I pulled off the interstate to wait for him to meet me and saw the most gorgeous sunrise. The rest of the drive was uneventful, thankfully, and it was right to work.
I am super thankful I was able to spend some time in Michigan with my family. It had been 5 long years, and I definitely don't want to go that long ago. Although it was a lot of travel packed into a short amount of time, I definitely think the time spent with family was worth it!
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