Thursday, July 27, 2017

Short Vacation {Pics}

If you've read this blog for any length of time, you know I am a glutton for punishment. I am ALWAYS busy. Being a mom and teacher is busy enough but then I go and decide to get National Board Certification. Not even 7 months after finishing that, I decide to get my doctorate in Education. I am definitely crazy!

All of that busy stuff means I rarely, if ever, have time to just sit and relax. And usually I don't. During the rare times I don't have school work to do, I'm constantly reading for professional improvement or hanging with my fabulous grandson or doing something related to my job or personal aspirations. It is so very rare for me to go entirely off the grid.

I did just that on Tuesday. The Husband and I drove 6 hours north to Lake Superior on Monday. We stayed Monday and Tuesday night and came home yesterday. We packed a TON into our day and a half in the U.P. (Interestingly I had two people on facebook ask me what "U.P." stood for...they know I'm from Michigan. So now I'm curious if Michiganders are the only ones who say "U.P."? I also discovered people FROM Michigan don't know that if you live in the L.P. (lower peninsula) you're a troll because you live under the bridge....how do these folks not know this?? :)

For a few years I had a real itch to get the hell out of Michigan and live somewhere else. I have lived here my entire life basically. My mom tells me we lived in Texas for 9 months when I was three. I don't count that because I don't remember it (although weirdly I do remember going to a weird watering hole there...mom was shocked I remembered because I was three!). Alas, all of the traveling I have done in the past two years has really helped to curb that desire to move. Good thing too since The Husband is never going to agree to move...at least not until he retires. :| 

It is short trips like this one that make me so glad I live here though. Michigan is absolutely beautiful in the summer. We visited Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and were just blown away by the beauty. Monday we did the Pictured Rocks cruise tour and it was the perfect way to see all of the shoreline. Tuesday we went entirely off the grid (I seriously had zero cell service pretty much the entire day--it was awesome!) and hiked through the various trails back to some of the waterfalls. Gorgeous but tiring. (For the record, we clocked just under 12 miles! Much of that was hiking up through crazy tree root trails!) It was so fun though. Unfortunately it was just nasty and rainy Wednesday and we were so exhausted that we just drove home. I was kinda bummed because it would have been cool to do the Glass Bottom Shipwreck Boat Tour also but the lake was really choppy and we didn't want to chance it being cancelled. 

Alas, here are some pictures of our trips. [And to be fair, these photos DO NOT do this trip justice at all. So beautiful in person.]





This is a wide angle picture from Miner's Beach of the Lake Superior Shoreline. Absolutely gorgeous!


The picture below is part of the trail! This is mild. I don't think you'd believe me if I told you the stuff we climbed over and around and we were ON the trial! :)

But these beautiful waterfalls were the reward for all that climbing so it was worth it!

1 comment:

  1. Glad to see you took time to fill your cup. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

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