During my last weekend before college my family decided to take a trip. We began by traveling through the Green Bay area to visit my cousin's baby shower and then headed up to the Michigan border to grab my grandparents and take them on a trip to some of their favorite places!
First, however, a teeny tiny recap of the days before we left on the trip! I helped my mom base paint dragons, fish, and other sea creatures in her studio and enjoyed a wonderful lunch of takeout Chinese with her. We also had Dove chocolates and I was delighted that I got the "Treat Tuesday Like Friday" when it was actually Tuesday!
I also cut a mango for the first time ever. It's weird because you have to cut as close to the oddly shaped seed as possible to get it away and then cut it into bite sized bits.
Ryan and I also played disc golf and then made mint chocolate puppy chow.
Since we grew so many cucumbers in the garden this year and people were starting to get tired of pickles, my mom began making little cucumber sandwiches as well (she even left off the dill for me)!
Dragons are still taking over the kitchen!
On my last day in town before the trip, Ryan and I got coffees at Chocolate Temptations and then hung out at his place. Tippy was the queen of funny faces that day!
When I got home I scrapbooked like crazy. I printed so many free photos from Shutterfly and had to face the consequences. I'm glad for it though because it will give me a creative project to work on in my free time in college. (Hopefully I didn't just jinx myself out of spare time...)
Now for the trip!
My family took two separate vehicles so we could haul up a boat for my cousin. The ride went pretty well, though it did sporadically downpour.
My cousin's property was so cute! He and his wife have a giant pond in the backyard along with a self-made ATV trail. Their home is also a prefab that they're fixing up nicely! I loved seeing some of the features they've added such as making a magnetic spice rack to hang up over the counters.
We played a variety of lawn games and walked the property until the food was ready. During that time my family decided we need to make a giant game of lawn Yatzee! For lunch we had grilled chicken on a stick along with grilled veggies and a variety of salads and dips that everyone contributed.
After eating came the typical baby shower games and predictions. I predicted that the baby would be born at the exact date and time as I was since it's supposed to be due around the same time. Then we tried to cut a piece of string the same circumference as the pregnant woman and wrote down as many baby related things on a list of letters of the alphabet as we could. I actually won the last one and received a giant striped mug full of warm drink mixes and chocolates!
After watching the couple open presents we left to continue north to my grandparent's house. It was a relief to stretch our legs when we got there because we spent about six hours in the car that day! We caught up with my grandparents (who were happy to meet Ryan again) and spent a lot of the evening playing and cuddling with the dogs. The little miniature poodle was such a cuddlewumpkins!
Ryan and I took the most energetic of the dogs, Regis, for a nighttime stroll through the neighborhood. We walked down to the grotto by a nearby church (which looks so much creepier at night) and then admired the Bluff lights, which looked like thousands of fireflies flitting about.
We hit the road the next morning for Escanaba, Michigan.
We made it to our beachy destination just in time to have breakfast for lunch. While food was cooking, Ryan, Katie, and I decided to walk down and admire the water.
For brunch we had mom's buttermilk pancakes, bacon, and fresh fruit.
After eating we drove to Indian Lake State Park.
We found a swing set while walking along a path and my mom, sister, grandma, Ryan and I all went on the swings! I was super surprised when my grandma hopped on!
After that we went to see a natural springs at another park! The water was naturally green because of some element inside it and the lake floor bubbled! We took a raft/boat out into the center of the lake to get a better look.
I couldn't believe this color was naturally occurring! There were also fish swimming around under the water! You can't tell from the photo, but these green spots were bubbling!
It was getting later in the day so we decided to finish the drive up to Manistique and check in to our motel. We went to an adorable mom and pop place that was really well taken care of.
We enjoyed a picnic out of the back of the truck. We unfolded lawn chairs and sat around the patios of our little rooms and just enjoyed the evening.
After eating, Ryan, mom, Katie, and I headed out for an excursion along the boardwalk.
We brought along a bag for beach treasures and I took home this awesome piece of driftwood!
We walked all the way out into the water so we could see the lighthouse up close.
Then we headed back to the motel, stopping to get ice cream to finish off the evening. Vanilla soft serve all the way!
For breakfast the following morning we went to a restaurant called The Big Boy. The food wasn't very good, but I was very entertained by the giant moose outside the building!
After driving back to my grandparent's hometown to drop them back off, the rest of us drove out to Pier's Gorge to see the white water. This excursion makes me really want to go white water rafting in the future!
After these amazing sights we finished up the rest of our eight hour drive home. Our weekend trip contained a lot of action packed adventures in a very short time but was still an amazing experience. I think the best vacations are with family and when you can eat and enjoy the beauty around you!
Hi my name is Emilee and these are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!