We just got back from vacation near Traverse City, Michigan. It was our fifth year renting a place with my parents and we found some absolutely incredible, out of a "Pure Michigan" radio spot places to play on this year. Tim Allen and his sultry voice were just down the beach from us, I'm almost sure of it.
We stumbled upon this near secluded beach of Lake Michigan fabulousness in Good Harbor. Please notice that Georgia is wearing pants here.........
.....but not here. You see, when my mom gets involved in anything having to do with Lake Michigan she believes you need to fully experience all parts of it. If it means running free and pantless on the beach.....so be it.
And Georgia really couldn't agree with this Lake Michigan philosophy more.
Her shrieks and squeals of delight at this wardrobe change were awesome. And they almost convinced me to let her run totally naked, but it was a little cold that day--although I don't think she would have noticed if had been thirty degrees she was having so much fun.
I think she's raising her hands in thanksgiving here that she's half undressed rolling around in sand in what were sure the perfect makings of a visual "Pure Michigan" commercial.
Pyramid Point in Good Harbor, Michigan. One of the best "off the beaten path" finds I've ever been privy to.
A lot of people believe that there is nothing better than the ocean. And oceans are amazing, I can't deny that. But when you're standing up here on top of Lake Michigan it's hard to remember why the Great Lakes aren't just as amazing. And an added bonus--when you're swimming in them--you won't get a mouth full of warm salt water.
We did lots of other great things too back at the cottage we rent.......boat rides, walks in the woods, catching minnows, a little hair styling........
And of course a lot of "putting up shows." Georgia used the end of the dock as her own personal off-off Broadway stage and I'd catch her out there all dressed up like Rapunzel singing "Mother Knows Best" to the lake.
Vacations are the best. And the good part about them ending is that it makes you reflect on how perfect it is to spend a week doing nothing but just hanging out with your family.
I'm so thankful to have mine.