It is…Tuesday? That means I’m t.w.o. days late in sitting down to write my update on the trip. I’ve been in a “funk” lately. Not really into taking pictures of every.single.thing we do/eat…and even giving my *stellar* photographer resistance each and every time the GoPro/Drone/Camera surfaces. Ever been there?
I’m becoming acutely aware of how much I relish being in a city, having a normal workout/eating routine and my girl time back in Baltimore. Tom & I encourage visitors but that’s proven to be more difficult than we anticipated. Anyway(!), since I last wrote, we conquered Lake Michigan. (what?!) The week flew by….Ports of call included: Mackinac Island; Charlevoix; Frankfort; White Hall aaaaand Chicago. Mackinac Island was like stepping back in time – in a good way. The lack of motor vehicles, the plethora of horses and the constant lingering scent of fudge made the entire island feel like a scene from an old movie. After a little research, Tom discovered that the island entailed almost 60 miles of bike trails….so we decided to slip off the grid and ended up spending the majority of our time hiking and biking.
From there, we were off to Charlevoix. This stop was on our wish list from day one – but it turned out to be totally different than we expected – in a perfect way.
While I had anticipated boutique shopping and top notch farmer’s markets, what we found was tranquility.
There, on the shore of Lake Michigan, we were completely alone on this gorgeous beach! We walked, and talked and even did a little paddle boarding. And the water! So pristine. Seriously, who needs the Caribbean when you have this? (shark free!) hehe
From Charlevoix, we were on a m.i.s.s.i.o.n to get to Chicago. There were two overnight stops due to the relentless rough lake conditions, but we pushed through bright and early each morning. Everyone offering advice about our journey on the loop says to make sure we are OUT of Chicago by October. We didn’t want to play chicken with the lake, so we didn’t waste any time in getting to the bottom of the lake. AND, my Mom is coming to visit us this weekend. (yaaaass!) So, with that, we’re here! In Chicago!
We haven’t had a chance to get the lay of the land. I knew I needed to blog and we had some errands to run. But that means i’ll have PLENTY to talk about next week! 💁🏼