Sunday, July 24, 2016

Camping Trip #5 (2016) William O'brien State Park with Riverway Church

We were excited to venture on another camping trip this weekend (scorching heat aside) to William O'brien State Park with our friends, new and old, from our church, Riverway.  It was such a fun weekend of community building, simple living and an appreciation for the nature around us (though we could have gone without the torrential down pour).  We spent our time at the beach on Lake Alice, playing games, walking around Stillwater, eating, throwing knives (yes, really), enjoying bonfires and s'mores, scavenger hunt style hiking, fishing and we even had our own cooking competition--"Chopped" style (the boys won against the girls, so that means they are now required to show off their expertise in cooking dinner for their families all week).  This weekend was another wonderful opportunity for the mom's and dad's to socialize while we let our children run free and rampant for hours with other kids and just hope that none of them get lost or hurt.  Thank you to the Prices for putting together such a fun event!  We are already looking forward to next year's trip!

Throwing Knives (press play!): 

Cooking Competion (boys vs. girls):

Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer Getaway 2016: Mackinaw City | Mackinac Island

A couple of weeks ago, the mister and I took special trip out of our norm of camping and road tripped it to Mackinaw City, Michigan.  Once we got there, we had to cross over THE bridge from the Upper Peninsula to the lower.  It's one of the longest in the world and I may have cussed a little bit while driving over it--don't judge, I was frightened for my life.

We stayed at a quaint little mobile home right near the strip and could walk to EVERYTHING.  It was amazing.  We learned about a lot of the history of the city and the island and saw some pretty cool historical sites and attractions.  I loved watching the local Karaoke show and just hanging out people watching.

The island was as blissful as I thought it'd be and riding a tandem bike the 8 miles around it was my favorite part.  Besides its glorious views and timeless appeal, it's also rich in fudge, candy and t-shirt shops! :P 

I would definitely love to go back to visit Mackinaw again as well as more of the lower peninsula.  But one 17 hour round trip road trip per summer is good enough for me for now!


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