Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Family Road Trip

We set out on an adventure to celebrate six years of marriage this past weekend. It took lots of planning and a disgusting amount of packing on my part, but for once we had everything we needed (and then some). After much searching and debating our final destination was picked, reservations were made and we hit the road for Charlevoix.
My mess waiting to be loaded up

There's room for us in there... just barely!

After we arrived and checked out our house rental (which was perfect for us!) we walked to downtown Charlevoix to check out the sites.

The weather was perfect and the beach was beautiful, even if the water was frigid.

Easton's first time down the slide
We ended up heading back after a few hours to grill some hamburgers I brought along and wind down for the evening. Jason had a late night at work on Friday and the kids' schedules were goofed up, so everyone was in bed early!

On Saturday we checked out Castle Farms. It was beautiful and everyone had a good time checking out the sites. Emma decided this was where she's going to marry her beau Wes, but she told daddy, "We'll talk about that when I get a little older"... Oh boy!

Everyone loved the Railroad Garden
After that we planned on driving to Petosky, but after riding in the van for a while Jason realized there was a bike path going parallel to the water so he voted we ditch the vehicle and start peddling. I'll admit I wasn't a fan of the idea at first, but it was definitely worth it.
The kids rode so well together and Easton loved the ride!

How many bike paths have a gorgeous view like this?!?
Overall we biked a little over 7 miles. Everyone slept good after that!

On Monday morning we decided to pack up and take the scenic route home. We stopped in Traverse City first to walk around and stretch our legs. Then we hit Sleeping Bear Dunes. So beautiful, yet so deceiving! I swear no matter how high you climb you will NEVER reach the water.

Easton screamed all the way up and all the way back down. He doesn't nap well in the car and was in desperate need of some sleep.

He will stop and smile if you get a camera out though. What a ham!

Our last stop was Silver Lake. We used to spend a lot of time there, in fact that is where Jason and I had our first 'date'. At first we were going to get dinner in town, but then Jason decided we should try out the Mac Wood Dune Rides. I was all for it and so was Emma. It was a bit chilly and even rained on us at the very end, but we had a blast and even learned a few things about Silver Lake.

We had a great time and were a bit sad to come home. At least we have a camping trip with great friends to look forward to!

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