Weekend Recap

Even though we're supposed to be unpacking boxes today, I am unpacking the truck and doing laundry all day to rid our apartment of the post-camp smell.  I am okay with this, because we had tons of fun.  Instead of sitting at home and dwelling over what should have been, we opted for an adventurous weekend out of the city and into the wild.  Some highlights include ::

  • Dinner + drinks with lovely friends on Friday night
  • A beautiful Saturday morning drive up Lake Michigan on the Michigan side
  • Drinks + lunch at New Holland Brewery, getting a growler for camping
  • Finding one last camp site by a National Park on the Saturday before the 4th (even if it was at a Jellystone, hey, it was only for one night!)
  • Easy, easy camping surrounded by funny children 
  • Meeting the sweetest ranger on Sunday who directed us to our own private campsite in Manistee National Forest that was free and only a handful of campers knew about it!
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes - we hiked the giant dune, which was super difficult and tiring.  Then we watched kids who were at summer camp hike the dune 10 times while we laid on the sand and took the view in
  • Hiking, hiking, hiking! 
  • We drove to Traverse City after our hikes just to check it out per a friend's recommendation.  There happened to be a big festival/carnival going on so we walked around briefly (it was confusing switching from the forest to a small town like that)
  • The most peaceful night camping ever.  Barely any peeps from the neighboring campers (except a few barks out of the pooches) and delicious Traverse City beers by the fire.  Does it get any better than that?
  • Canoeing down the White river - we worked our butts off but it was fun.  We canoed 16 miles in 2 1/2 hours!  
  • The best ending to a weekend ever - we climbed up on the roof of our apartment building and looked in awe at the panoramic view of fireworks throughout the city.  It was pure magic.  
Definitely some silver linings in there, eh?  How were your holiday weekends? Wonderful I hope!


Kristin July 5, 2011 at 11:29 AM  

Ohhhhh, Lake Michigan. I bet that was lovely!

stephanie July 5, 2011 at 12:00 PM  

Your weekend sounds amazing. What a great way to turn what could have been a bummer of a weekend into a totally awesome one!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts July 5, 2011 at 12:10 PM  

sounds like fun- we've been doing a bunch of hiking in Utah and Colorado- still one more week of vacation.

rebecca July 5, 2011 at 12:12 PM  

we climbed on our roof and watched the fireworks as well. so perfect to not go anywhere to see some fireworks. your outdoorsy weekend sounds so fun!

Erika Lee Sears July 5, 2011 at 12:14 PM  

Loved your weekend! The only way I can convince my husband to do any hiking is promising a brewery stop :)

jillian :: cornflake dreams. July 5, 2011 at 12:18 PM  

sounds like a great adventure! i miss taking canoe trips :) xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

Rebecca - A Daily Something July 5, 2011 at 12:42 PM  

Ah, I looove the post-camping bonfire smell :) Also, rooftop fireworks sound amazing!

theolivetree July 5, 2011 at 12:45 PM  

We used to go the the sleeping bear dunes all the time with my grandparents! My hubs brought a sled with him last time in the attempts to slide down the hills...didn't work but got lots of laughs ;)

Tang July 5, 2011 at 2:18 PM  

I love canoeing lately! So calming and fun.

la petite coquine July 5, 2011 at 2:19 PM  

Boy did I have some stuff to catch up on-I was reading all this camping business thinking, "HUH?!?"

I'm sorry you guys had a hiccup in the plan, but it sounds like this weekend was pretty amazing, and even better that you allowed yourselves to enjoy it! It'll all come together before you know it!

xox, Lena

Jenny in Ohio July 5, 2011 at 2:31 PM  

glad you made the best of it! Sounds like an excellent outdoorsy weekend. Can't wait until my schedule opens up to go camping...if that ever happens. haha.

Amber Blue Bird July 5, 2011 at 2:42 PM  

16 miles?!?! That sounds intense and awesome

s + b July 5, 2011 at 5:26 PM  

love that photo. sounds like an awesome weekend. thanks for stopping by :)

Dancing Branflake July 5, 2011 at 6:29 PM  

That all sounds so magical!

mapleandvine July 5, 2011 at 6:55 PM  

sounds like a great weekend! beautiful photo :)

Punctuation Mark July 5, 2011 at 7:55 PM  

glad to know it was a fun weekend... have a fantastic week ahead!

Lynzy July 5, 2011 at 8:03 PM  

First of all I have to say that I just adore your blog, so much inspiration! I have been reading older posts of yours for a half hour already!
Oh, and I will take the panoramic view of the fireworks, that sounds fabulous! :)
xo Lynzy

Caterine July 5, 2011 at 8:05 PM  

Fantastic times there!! :)


Jaime @ La vie...J'aime July 5, 2011 at 9:38 PM  

beautiful weekend! i bet the fireworks view was awesome :)

alli/hooray July 5, 2011 at 9:41 PM  

the dunes, traverse city, and camping - sounds like our summers! glad you had a great time.

Silver Strands July 5, 2011 at 10:02 PM  

Easy camping with wonderful children??!!? Can't get better than that!

April July 5, 2011 at 10:27 PM  

Sounds like such a great, busy weekend!

Justine @ Urban Scarlet July 5, 2011 at 11:09 PM  

sounds like you had an epic weekend in the end :) great photo!

Anonymous,  July 5, 2011 at 11:12 PM  

yayy for beautiful summer weekends! :) xx

classiq July 6, 2011 at 4:46 AM  

Hiking, camping and canoeing, this sounds like such a relaxed and fun weekend! Hope you're having a wonderful week! :)

Emily Marie July 6, 2011 at 8:30 AM  

Sounds like a great weekend! A lot like mine. I saw the panoramic views of the city fireworks too. Absolutely gorgeous! And, we got really lucky with the weather in Michigan, didn't we?
Happy Wednesday!

Liz July 6, 2011 at 9:21 AM  

Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Michigan! Hope unpacking is going well! xo

Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** July 6, 2011 at 11:08 AM  

Ah, sounds amazing. Glad you got out to enjoy the weekend. I'm getting the camping itch. And not the mosquito kind! ;) xo

Johanna July 6, 2011 at 5:28 PM  

That sounds lovely. I miss camping! And smores!

Lynn {hearted girl} July 7, 2011 at 8:02 PM  

ah yes, post camp hickory scent lingers on and on. gosh though, every moment sounds rad - you are such the adventurer. nice one! ♥

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