Our destination: The Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor on the coast of Lake Michigan.
My intention was to sleep in every day, drink coffee, followed by reading on the beach, lunching, a laze by the pool, relaxing in the hot tub, dinner, wine, and watching the sunset. Nothing but peace, quiet and rest for me.
So when Roxanne arrived and started making a list of all the things we needed to do and when . . . well, I plugged my ears like a toddler and started singing "Lalalalalalalala I can't hear you!" Then grabbed a beer from the fridge and found a lounge chair on the deck.
I should have known better. Things NEVER go the way I plan. As it turned out I was up by 7ish every morning and filled nearly every minute of the few days we were there with hiking, biking, exploring, kayaking, followed by even more hiking, biking, . . . you get the idea.
I won't bore you with a blow-by-blow of the week, I'll share photos instead:
|River for tubing and kayaking in front of The Homestead. Flows into Lake Michigan.|
|Short board walk to beach.|
|Michelle, Shelly, Me, Laurie and Kelly ready to tackle THE Dune Climb (Roxanne is taking the photo)|
|Our sturdy, large calf muscles enable us to destroy those dunes!|
|Look how teeny-tiny they look at the bottom.|
|Miles and hours later we arrive at Lake Michigan.|
|Kelly and Laurie biking the newly opened Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.|
|Kayaking Crystal River.|
|Having an engaging, intelligent conversation. Michelle, Me, Kelly.|
|Roxanne and Laurie at the Scenic Overlook.|
|Me, mid-hike on an explore to find the Ghost Forest.|
|Kelly at the Ghost Forest. We wore everyone else out. They stayed at the condo to "rest" and "relax." Wimps.|
|Kelly and I stayed to watch the sunset.|
Links for more information on Glen Arbor and Sleeping Bear Dunes: