Edited: I wrote this post last week and never posted it! Tomorrow will be the second half of our vacation.
Hello from from northern Michigan!! It feels so nice to be back home, inhaling the air from the bay breeze. There’s something about hearing the crash of waves and feeling the sand between my toes that relaxes me in a way I miss when I’m away from the water for too long. I’m so happy we were able to coordinate a week-long visit to celebrate the 4th, vacation and to spend some quality time with my family!
We decided to start our vacation on a slow note (and avoid traffic) by waiting until Saturday afternoon to make the four-hour drive north. The decision paid off and we arrived safe and sound just before dinner time.
Both Henry and Mitch were absolutely amped when they saw my mom and dad waiting for us! The next few hours were spent unloading the car, playing, catching up and digging into a delicious dinner. Before long, we were all in bed.
Our first full day started bright and early when little one started kicking around in my belly. Right now the movements feel like little flutters and only I can feel them, but they were strong enough to wake me up at 5:30 am. I did my best to rest but I was wide awake. I slipped on my tennis shoes, grabbed a coffee and spent some time walking along the bay as the sun came up. It was the perfect way to kick-off vacation.
When I returned to the house, everyone was up for the day. We dug into breakfast, got ready and repacked for the next part of our vacation.
Mitch fell asleep on the drive up to Petoskey, which gave me a chance to stop into a few shops and grab a late lunch for us all to enjoy. Once he woke up, we put out our blanket at a park down from the hotel we were staying at. Despite a few rain clouds on the drive, the skies cleared and we played outside for a few hours running up and down the hill, tossing Mitch in the air as he shouted “higher!” and looking at clouds.
It wasn’t long after that Mitch was drawn to the boats so we wandered to the water. Once Phil showed him how to skip rocks, he was hooked and we spent the next hour wading in the water tossing rocks.
If you can’t tell by the wet bottom on Mitch, he was drenched by time we convinced him to head to the hotel. This kid loves his water!
Once we were checked in, we dried off and cleaned up for dinner up in Harbor Springs. We ate dinner at The Pier located at the marina and walked around looking at. Pats before calling it a day.
We arrived to the boat launch to be created by a huge line of people also looking to spend the day on the island. Fortunately, there was a large grass area where the boys ran around until it was our turn.
Mitch was begging to be on a boat so his excitement was through the roof when we boarded. We found a spot next to the window and watched the boat cut through the water and then spotted the Mackinaw Bridge.
When we arrived on the island we rented bikes and headed out on the eight-mile ride along the perimeter. With a constant. Jew of the water, Mitch asked to stop and throw rocks or play every few minutes. So much temptation! We stopped a few times to cool down and enjoy the views.
After our ride we dug into lunch and then explored the island for hours. Score heading back to the boat. We had an awesome day relaxing and soaking in the beautiful sites!
Fourth of July started with another delicious breakfast of omelettes and sticky buns on the hotel porch.
Before leaving, we snapped a few photos. Almost eight years ago to the day Phil and I were married in this exact spot.
22 week bump!
I grew up attending this exact parade with my brother and sister (years ago!), so it’s a trip to return with our own kids.
I’ll be back tomorrow with the rest of the fun!
Hope you guys had a great weekend and 4th of July!