Michigan holds so many memories for me. My mom grew up there and both my grandparents still live there, so we’ve made countless trips up there over the years; and I’ve loved every single one of them.
This summer we made another familiar trip up to Northern Michigan to visit Grandma and Grandpa at there home on a hill. The week was filled with fun day trips, outdoor projects for Grandpa, and, of course, playing cards.
A little later on I’ll be sharing some photos from our day trips to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park and Mackinac Island, but for now, here are some photos from our days there.
Below is the Vanderbilt Community Church, where my grandma attended as a young girl, and now where my uncle is a Pastor.
Close by to Vanderbilt is another small, but slightly larger, town called Gaylord. The main street is lined with chocolate shops and antique stores, all sporting the beautiful Swiss architecture.
One night of the week, Eric and I went on a date. We spent part of the evening walking down these streets and then driving through neighborhoods to look at the beautiful homes!
Over the 4th of July we went to town to watch the Vanderbilt community parade! Because the town is so small, the parade is made up by the townspeople, which I love. They bring their decorated vintage cars, tractors, or bikes and ride along in the parade!
Lori, Eric, and Roger actually got to be in the parade, tossing candy from the trunk of my Aunt and Uncle’s Kabota. It was amazing, and its not everyday you get the chance to be in a town parade!
Later on in the week we trekked up to the Upper Peninsula to Sault St. Marie (pronounced SOO – Saint Marie). Its actually the second oldest town in the United States, right across the channel from Canada. Sault St. Marie holds the lochs that freighters use to get from Lake Superior to Lake Huron, and vice versa.
It was so neat watching the huge ships slowly enter the lochs and see the water level rise and lower based on where they’re going. My dad and I actually made a time lapse of it because it can take over an hour for the whole process!
Later on in the day we traveled over to a small park near Sugar Island where we had a picnic and watched the freighters go by. The weather was cool and breezy, and sitting there with my family in this breathtaking place felt so peaceful.
My dad, Lori, and Eric ended up driving over the bridge into Canada for a couple hours and went thrift shopping. Lori and Eric both say they almost got a maple leaf tattoo too, haha!
The day before we left, we took out Grandpa’s fishing boat to Otsego Lake in Gaylord for a few rides. Eric was in heaven, haha! We all took turns boating around the lake, stalking the shoreline to peak at the stunning lakehouses.
It was a wonderful time in Michigan, spending it with family and exploring around the state. I truly feel at home there.