Wow - what a great weekend here in the Mitten!
How often do you get to go to the beach, let alone play in Lake Michigan, at the end of September?
Welp - that's exactly what Dream Boy & I did this weekend.
Sunday was our 35th wedding anniversary and it has been for.ev.er since we have gone away alone. We go on vacations, but it's to Seattle to see our kids, and we've gone to Florida, but it's been with friends.
So I decided mid week that we were escaping together, all alone, and I booked the reservations and surprised him on Thursday night that we were heading out right after work on Friday.
There were plenty of people along the shoreline of Ludington State Park and every one was taking full advantage of this final gift of summer.
Those blue skies and plenty of sunshine was just what we needed to relax and unwind. Even though the flies were driving us nuts, we managed to still have a beautiful day, walking the shoreline & playing in the surf.
We drove up to Ludington after work on Friday and on Saturday morning, we got up and rode our bikes downtown, which was just a few block away, and had breakfast. Then we set off to explore some of the local sites.
This boat is retired, but it's brother, The Badger, is still in working order. This is a car ferry that transports vehicles & their owners across Lake Michigan to Wisconsin. I took this ferry, or one like it, across the lake with my mom, dad, grandma, grandpa & big sister once upon a time.
I remember that it was a cold, rainy, dreary day & we were bored to tears in a very short time once the excitement of the trip wore off.
We took off on our bikes and headed back to the motel to lock them up and then walked the quick 1/2 block over to the beach. We hung out on the pier for a bit, deciding what we were going to do the rest of the day.
It didn't take us long to head back, change & pack up & head out to the state park and stake our claim for the day.
After a gorgeous afternoon we drove back to the the motel and cleaned up - jumping back on our bikes and heading downtown to a local brew pub for a beer and an appetizer.
We rode around the marina before dropping our bikes back off & grabbing my camera gear to head down to the pier to watch The Badger come back in & the sun set.
The sunsets in Michigan are amazing.
And this seagull just HAD to be in the picture, it flew through my shot on more than one occasion.
But still, that sunset?
So on Sunday we slept in and then drove home on the back roads, eating breakfast at a mom & pop place, finding the biggest cinnamon roll I've ever seen & bringing it back for D1, as she LOVES cinnamon rolls.
We stopped at an apple orchard & picked up a couple small bags of apples before heading home. We actually ended up at a small orchard close to home to pick our own apples.
I love red & golden delicious right off the tree, the only time of year that I eat them. They have the best *snap* to them and the sweetest flavor when they are fresh from the tree.
We then picked some Melrose apples, which we were told were the biggest of all apples.
We got home in time to fix a wonderful little celebratory dinner, before snuggling in to catch up on Scandal.
Did I mention what an amazing weekend I had?