Cool Weather Summer 

Living in hot Georgia and visiting Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee the past several weeks, we looked forward to getting north, and Michigan did not disappoint. With highs in the 70s and lows in 40s, we accomplished what we set out to do…which was to escape the southern heat!

We stopped for about an hour to visit the World’s Largest Christmas Store in Frankenmuth, MI. Kelly loved everything about the store and cannot wait to go back…hopefully with her sisters!

We planned on stopping for the night, after visiting the Christmas store but the weather was so beautiful, we just decided to keep driving, arriving a day early in Mackinaw City,  MI.

We were right on the lake and it was gorgeous.

We spent some time downtown!

Everyone who we talked to, before our trip, told us to try the Caramel Corn and Fudge in Mackinaw…so, we did!! And, we LOVED it!!

We love picnics in the park. In Mackinaw, we were able to have our picnics with a gorgeous backdrop. We even tried flying a kite, for the first time.

After several days in Mackinaw City, we crossed over the Mackinac Bridge into the Upper Peninsula. We camped in Manistique, MI on the Indian Lake.

We tried our hand at rafting in the lake, and though it was fun, everyone was itching significantly within minutes of getting out and did so for several hours.

Before leaving Michigan, we visited two state parks: Kitch-iti-kipi and Historic Fayette.

Kitch-iti-kipi is Michigan’s largest natural freshwater spring. The name means “big cold water” and is sometimes referred to as The Big Spring. The water was crystal clear. It was simply breathtaking!!

Fayette State Park is a living museum with many restored buildings. We were able to walk through the buildings to learn about life in Fayette during the late 19th century.

Michigan was the destination of this trip, but we had fun coming home, too. We stopped and had a blast at the D&B’s both in Milwaukee, WI and Nashville, TN. We saw multiple firework displays while driving through Chicago on July 4th.

The kids got to learn a little bit more about camping from the Rangers in Shelbyville, IL.

And, of course, we had to go to Savannah’s Candy Kitchen in Nashville, TN to load up on taffy, pralines, and chocolate covered pretzels!

 We made it back home safely from our trip to Michigan and after attending to some matters with the kids’ schooling and going to church (which we’ve missed tremendously), we will be headed back out on the road.

We have a tentative plan of where we are going but having a ton of fun adjusting the route as we go. Until we get there…