I must confess…this ‘schedule’ thing is… well…difficult. 6 am was not happening this morning. But 8:30 was.
Lets get back to the honeymoon- shall we? Actually, lets take a time machine back to the actual thing. I would WAY rather be back in Michigan, on the water with husband.
Anyways, Michigan recently had a baby boom…
of these cuties. This was the momma by our estimation. And the SIX fawn she carted around were everywhere around the lakehouse. We had to drive half the speed limit because we would turn a down a winding road and BOOM! Another baby standing there!
We spent a lot of time taking photos, and trying to scare them deeper into the woods.
Were looked through antique shops- where I scored a FABULOUS lamp I am giving new life. The antique shops in the town were creeeepy to say the least. The shops were in building that had to have been condemned and they had large posters in the windows warning “enter at own risk”. Sadly, it was owned by people who thought all of the stuff was incredible, and the prices reflected that. 1800$ antique clocks?! I dont think so. It was also the type of shop that did not have prices on the items- you had to ask. I HATE that. Usually I won’t shop in stores like that. Since the town was fairly ghost, and we did not have a lot of options though- so we bartered. And I stayed very close to husband.
That afternoon we went back to the beach to kayak for a couple hours. We also attempted to use the wind surf board. And after finally figuring out how to both stay on it at the same time, we played “can you do THIS!?!” Which was a game boys are very good at- challenging each other to do stupid things by demonstrating it first… then laughing as your partner attempts this death defying trick.
Obviously I was the one who ended up wounded. He knew I was dorky and clumsy when he married me!
On friday, we pulled out a map and decided we would drive more north to Glen Arbour, which was beautifullll. Everyone in Michigan knows how wonderful it is- and due to that beauty, there was no hotel available within miles. So we planned to drive up and just walk around for the afternoon.
That was until we passed a lazy river tube ride…
I insisted. Dan complied. And three hours later we were back in the car, on the same spot on the map. It was a lot of fun, and refreshing. However! … we didn’t bring sunscreen. The lakehouse had some… and we totally forgot ours. Husband knows better than to let me outside longer than 5 minutes without SPF 170 (dork alert)… So he asked a nice family if we could borrow some, and I covered- quickly and sloppily. Have you ever applied sunscreen in front of strangers? …. It is USELESS! I missed a spot near my arm pit… a little spot in the keyhole of my top, a bit on my hip. And then I did the dreaded “SWIPE
on my thighs….BIG MISTAKE. BIG. Husband said he could see me getting burnt. I ended up with a super strange tribal tattoo effect on my legs. And since my legs havent seen the sun since I was about 11, they got fried.
Anways… we were back in the car… on our way to Glen Arbour, where we walked through cute little shops, bought a coffee mug (which we collect to mark new places we have been together), had some icecream, and learned how to be a good wife…
This book boasted some good tips. Like “when your husband gets home from work, he is tired- and doesn’t need to hear about the little stresses of YOUR day. Although you have dishes to be done and a kitchen to clean, make yourself available for conversation. However, do not talk too much, be too witty, or have too strong of opinions… allow your husband to be the expert in every topic”
Dan thought it was rubbish and wouldn’t even look at the book. He was more interested in the awesome log cabin in which the bookstore was located. I love his admiration of good craftsmanship. He has an incredible eye for great buildings, and difficult architecture. He inquired about the history to the lady running the book shop and then we headed back out to walk some more.
We eventually decided we were satisfied with what we had seen in Glen Arbour, and went back to the car where we picked Traverse City as our next destination point and hoped to find a hotel when we arrived.
We snacked on leftover caramel corn from the wedding. Cheese, Mary’s crackers, fruit and “turkey sliders” I made on the spot for Dan.
LOVED that drive.
We pulled into Traverse City around 6, dropped into a couple hotels – $500 a night kinda rooms were all that was left. Praise God we finally found something in our price range- the last room the hotel had left. We checked in, and headed right out for aloe gel and dinner. Traverse City was my favourite city BY FAR. It happened to be the weekend of the film festival, and the city was showing The Dark Knight on a jumbo screen by the water for free. Such EXCITEMENT. After dinner we rode our bikes down to the water and watched for a bit. After that we just rode the paved trails along the water in the moon light.
We planned to head out early the next morning, but on our midnight bike ride I saw a kitchy little shop I wanted to stop in on. This adventure ended up being a half day event, and we shopped ALL the adorable little shops and then stopped in at a mexican restaurant for lunch (which was the ONLY thing I asked for out of the honeymoon, I love mexican food)
After lunch we walked back to the car to get our bikes. And I feel in love with Traverse City even more. It was SO beautiful, and so well taken care of.
Look at that grass!
The women at the front desk of the hotel suggested we visited the Asylum built in 1885, which was shut down in 1989. The buildings were left vacant and were left to fall apart. Over the past few years, developers have begun to transform the grounds and the buildings into a commercial and residential property. We looked through the little shops inside, had iced coffee and then biked around the many buildings.
The history of the Hospital was fascinating. And their methods of therapy were in line with all things Holistic- loved it.
Many of the buldings still look like this…
way cool eh?
Okay… I think thats all for today. Reminising this makes me miss my Husband. Who went off to work to “make the bacon” as he told me this morning at 6 when he left. I think I will go home to make him a carrot cake. Or cut the grass… or something.
Make today beautiful friends!