Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I'm home. Weekends just aren't long enough, are they? My aunt, my mom, my boys and I took a trip to Mackinac Island [pronounced MackinAW] early Saturday morning. We left the island in the early evening and went to my cousin's home on the beach. I hadn't been there in 30 years - it was magic. We used to go there in the summer when I was a child, and while it had changed a bit, I felt like a kid again. The pic above is their beach.
This is the view from the driveway - the two guesthouses on the left, the house on the right.
The view down the bluff to the beach.
A little something my other cousin built.
He also built a bridge and boardwalk to the beach. It's very, very long.
My camera batteries died before I could get any great shots. He's built a number of homes up there, log cabin mansions...they are amazing. My other cousin's hubby makes these fabulous birdhouses from birch trees....
Oh how I wish I had better pics. Lots more pics on flickr.
But first, we went to Mackinac Island. It was very, very hot and humid - it felt more like the deep south than Michigan, let me tell you! It was nice and cool on the ferry, though, heading past the bridge...
The butterfly house was so pretty!
A hotel on the island....
A picture in a shop that I LOVED....
And Arch Rock.
I was so disappointed, my camera batteries died soon after snapping these pics. We took a carriage tour of the island, so I couldn't pop off and get more batteries. You'll have to take my word for it, it's beautiful!
I'm ready to go back up north. When you live in a big city, it's easy to forget how much beauty is just a few hours away. And living in a state with so many beaches and gorgeous lakes, [the longest freshwater shoreline in the world, and more shoreline than any state except Alaska] you'd think I'd enjoy it more often. But I enjoyed it this weekend, and I'm very thankful for that!
I hope you all had a good weekend too. I'm probably not going to try to comment on all your blogs - you've been BUSY while I was gone, lol - but I'll read them all! Enjoy your week!