Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Kickoff to SUMMER!!!

What a fabulous weekend!!! First and foremost I would like to say thank you to all of the service men/women who have gone off to fight for our freedom.  We use this weekend to remember those who have fallen.


Now for some fun!!!  Smalls and I got to go camping with his brother and family up north in one of the most beautiful places in our great state.  Petoskey is a wonderful town that is located right on Lake Michigan. 

No wonder why we are called The Great Lakes State, they are magical!!!  We saw and did so much that I wanted to share some pictures with you.

It is about a 4-hour drive up and over the state and this is where the adventure started.  We decided to take the little car over the truck ($4 a gallon hurts) so we packed till there was no more room left.  We did leave a small space for the dog.

We ate a quick yogurt as we walked out the door that morning but by mid-day we were hungry again.  Our options were small for quick eating and we hit the place that makes me super embarrassed to share.  I will just let the pictures do the talking...

Every time we drive north Smalls has to make a stop in Pinconning MI.  They are known for their sharp cheddar, especially this one...

Smalls loves this cheese and it is super funny to eat it!!! It squeaks when you chew it!!! Who knew? This is just another place of Michigan that makes us famous ; )

Once we finally got to the campsite we had to unload and set up.  We stayed for 2 nights and the first night was our night to cook dinner.  We decided to make chicken and steak fajitas.  Since our car was packed full we did not have room for a grill and the fire pits didn’t come with grill grates.  Uh-oh, what do we do now?  Not to worry because the wonderful town of Petoskey has a Wal-Mart.  So off we went to get a $10 grill.  Between us and bro’s family there were 10 of us and 3 dogs!!! We had a lot of mouths to feed!!!  We brought guacamole and salsa to nibble on while the meat was cooking.  I think there might have been a fear we would not have enough chips.  What do you think?

After dinner we went to the beach to watch the sunset.  The kids loved taking photos on the beach with the sun setting behind them.  I am sorry but there are only a few places you can see the sun set behind large bodies of water and we are lucky enough to have that opportunity.

The weather was nice during the day but it got chilly at night.  This was the temperature we woke to the next morning!!!

On Sunday we took a trip to the Oden Fish Hatchery.  This place is amazing!!! The DNR raise trout to help fill inland and Great Lake waters.  These creatures were so funny to watch.  You could toss them pellets of food (it smells and looks like the food we feed our cats) into the pond and they would jump and fight to get it.  

Plus these guys were HUGE!!!

Nighttime is my favorite because we sit around the fire and tell stories.

And of course make...

This was fun little getaway to spend with Smalls and family.  We love to camp and see our beautiful state.  We love the adventures that nature can throw are way.  Sorry for such a long post.  Here is the last picture I am going to share (promise).  We brought some festive cookies to help celebrate this memorable holiday. 

I hope everyone had a great weekend.


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