Friday, August 31, 2007


Agate Beach

Did you miss us? Actually, don't answer that. Maybe I should ask if you noticed we were gone? Shoot, don't answer that either.

We had a nice break; well, truthfully it wasn't really a break it was more like a change of scenery. Some families go to resorts where their children can be enrolled in classes while the parents drink margaritas on the beach, but not us. That type of travel is far too easy for us - we like a challenge. We are more like modern day nomads exploring the U.S. with our three children and what looks to be every single possession piled into the back of our car.

Having lived in Michigan for five years, we decided that it was really time to see some of the Upper Peninsula. Three years ago we stopped in the U.P. during our return trip from Door County, but that was just to make the kids run up and down the sandy beach so they would sleep for the rest of the trip. Being a car vacationer, you pick up these tricks very quickly. Anyway, after our brief time on the beach, we were hooked and have thought of this beautiful place ever since. So, we made the trek. We hunted for rocks,


splashed in the water,


saw waterfalls,


watched sunsets,


in one of the most beautiful parts of the country I have ever been.

I must say though, nothing looks as beautiful as our own home after spending the 6 days driving up, down and across Michigan.


restyled home said...

What a beautiful family you all make, and yes, you were missed...
Glad you had a nice time making memories.


Thimbleanna said...

Of course we missed you! The UP is gorgeous -- love your pics. What a cute family!

Greenie Gardens said...

I am glad your're back! Love, Mom

Blog a Blurb said...

Great trip! Glad you were all out having fun exploring together. Have a great first day at school Spencer!

Leeann said...

Welcome back!
You certainly WERE missed! In fact, I was starting to get worried about you!
Your trip looks gorgeous and your kids, even gorgeous-er. lol!
So glad you went, had a wonderful time, and are back safely.

MKHKK said...

I wondered where you were! Terrific pictures. I completely understand how good home looks after a few days away. I always end up saying "there's no place like home, there's no place like home" toward the end of a trip with the monkeys.

Aimee said...

You have an adorable family! Looks like a fun adventure!

Marianna said...

I was starting to wonder about you! Glad you had a good trip. I've always wanted to visit the UP. We are car vacationers too...I laugh when people get worried about being in the car with kids for more than 4 hours. Ours have been on no less than 12, 12+ hour trips in the last 5 years! And that doesn't include the 24-hour trip by plane! They are travelling pros.

Glad your back!

Gigi said...

Beaches, boats, water, swimming, summer heaven. Recalled the many summer jaunts fm suburban ILL to the Indiana sand dunes. Now, the wonderful ocean to enjoy. Hope Laney found a shell she thought was wonderful. Lv Gigi

Trudi A said...

I just love your photos the scenery is beautiful. I live on the Indian, Michigan line so we head the souther harbor Cities for day trips three to four times a year. We just love it. We need to go north after seeing your shots. Hope you had a fab. time.

Carmen said...

The first picture can't be seen, the rest are beautiful ;-) as always!!!

Kathy said...

The pictures of your family are precious! LOVE them!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I've just read back this far and have to are one great photographer! That was a sweet vacation too. I'm all for staying with the kids. People don't know what they miss out on.