Beautiful Fall Weekend

Pictured Rocks

In celebration of our 30th wedding anniversary, Kevin planned a trip to Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula where we enjoyed a Pictured Rocks cruise and many other scenic areas.

Silver Lake State Park

I’ve been wanting to visit Silver Lake State Park and finally got to see it yesterday afternoon. Kevin suggested we drive to Lake Michigan after lunch yesterday. It was a beautiful drive and we had fun hiking around the dunes.

Ludington

Anniversary Trip

Kevin and I celebrated our 25th anniversary a little early last week in Glen Arbor. The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed the gorgeous Leelanau Peninsula.

UP Travels

Yesterday we went to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and had a picnic lunch at a roadside park, next to the Cut River Bridge. We hiked under the bridge and crossed it on foot. We enjoyed some beautiful views of Lake Michigan. We planned to visit Tahquamenon Falls but as we were driving along M-123 we started seeing smoke which grew increasingly thicker. When we got to the park to see the Falls we were informed that they were closed due to a large forest fire. The Duck Lake fire has burned through 18,000 acres of land. Since we couldn’t visit the Falls, we enjoyed a pretty drive on the Whitefish Bay Scenic Byway. We saw part of the North Country Trail that Kevin M. hiked last September. We stopped by Point Iroquois Lighthouse and enjoyed the view from the tower. Then we headed to St. Ignace for some supper. We made our way home as the sun was setting on a beautiful day. Luke did all the driving and even got to drive across the Mackinac Bridge for the first time.

P.H. Hoeft State Park

We are on vacation this week. We would have preferred an earlier fall vacation, but October was a busy month. We stayed at the lodge at P.H. Hoeft State Park near Roger’s City. We enjoyed discovering cool looking rocks, hiking around the park, and seeing some local attractions. Our first night the stars were bright and beautiful along the shore of Lake Huron. We had a fire and made s’mores. The kids enjoyed some star tipping too. We spotted freighters on Lake Huron and some of us enjoyed a beautiful sunrise. We went to Ocqueoc Falls, 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, a local apple orchard and viewed the biggest open pit limestone quarry in the world. We had fun playing games and enjoyed lots of laughter. It was fun exploring a new part of the state we hadn’t seen yet.

Mackinac Bridge

Kevin’s parents came for a visit yesterday and we went to see the Mackinac Bridge. We had lots of fun seeing the sights in the Straits of Mackinac. We ate supper in St. Ignace and couldn’t pass Murdick’s without stopping to buy some fudge. We didn’t swim but the kids did stick their feet in Lake Michigan. We love the beach along Route 2 west of St. Ignace. It was a beautiful day for a trip.

Point Betsie Lighthouse

Wrapping up our vacation this weekend we enjoyed a tour of this lighthouse and some spectacular views of Lake Michigan.