Throw Back Thursday – Yes, Michigan!

From age 6-18, my parents took us to Michigan every summer for a week of relaxation. We always rented the same cabin during the same week (first Saturday to second Saturday in August, so … now), and often saw the same families there every year. Fun fact: my first kiss was during a game of spin-the-bottle there when I was around 10 years old. (Dad, if you’re reading this … sorry.)

Anyway, once we were all grown, my mom decided she was done with family vacations … sure, they were relaxing for the kids, but they were a lot of work for her. A few (5) years later, one of my bros and I started heading up to Michigan on our own, sans parents. Here are some pics from our trip in 2006. Maybe someday I’ll scan pics from our childhood trips.


Jack-dog LOVES fire. And snapping at the embers. We stopped and camped near Holland, MI on the drive up. It was an excuse to visit New Holland Brewery.


The most awesome beach ever. Kind of remote, so quiet and clean.


My happy place. This exact beach.




Staying on the “west coast” of Michigan = sunsets over the lake. The great thing was, you could watch the sun start to set while at the Lake Michigan beach, then head back to our cabin on Bass Lake and watch the end of the sun set.


Every night ended this way.


The dogs loved the beach. (This is my bro and his now-wife and their dogs.)


Sunset over Lake Michigan.


Car ferry leaving Ludington.


Gone fishin’


One of the most gorgeous sunsets ever. Sadly, I didn’t know how to properly set my camera settings and can’t print this photo very large.


Why yes, my shirt does say “where my peeps at?” Also, this is my college roomie Jess, a native Michigander.


One of the cabins we rented at Smerts Resort. (I’m not really sure where the “resort” part comes into play, but this place is great and we love the owner. The cabins are a bit … rustic. But cheap.)


The Sailor is always deflating something … weird.



Me & my then-boyfriend in front of Bass Lake 🙂


Bro & now-wife & dogs


My love of this part of Michigan (the northwestern part of the lower peninsula) was one of the main motivators to sign up for the North Country Trail Run later this month (in Manistee, which is about an hour from the places pictured above). Unfortunately with my new job and a lack of vacation days right now for both of us, we won’t actually get to spend much time in the area, but there is always next summer. Maybe it’s all the fond childhood memories, or just that any time I went to this place it was relaxing and wonderful, but this really is my happy place.

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13 Comments on “Throw Back Thursday – Yes, Michigan!”

  1. I love Michigan. Even growing up a mile away from it, I never really appreciated how awesome it is until I started going up to my in-laws’ lake house. It’s just so fun and relaxing there! I hope you get a chance to spend some more time there soon, and obviously I’ll be reporting back on the wine trail half 🙂

    1. It is relaxing. When I would go with my bro, our days were basically = sleep in, beach, grill some dinner, chill by the campfire, repeat. Occasionally we would take a trip to a winery or “into town” for shopping or to visit a brewery or maybe do an excursion like go on a sailboat or on a dune ride. But lots of sleeping, beaching, drinking beer and eating meat.

  2. I love going to the lake. I haven’t been to Michigan in years, but This reminds me of all my trips up to the lake in northern minnesota. We would always go with my mom’s whole side of the family (it was a small family). We always had a blast but it was a lot of work as well!

    1. I’m debating doing the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend … if I do, I hope to stay up there for a week. They also offer a half. And traveling in groups is always more fun! And Anne is going to scout out the Wine Trail Half & 5K that she’s doing later this month in southwest Michigan as a possible blogger destination race next summer. PLUS … let’s not forget our Lake Geneva sausage race in January! 🙂

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