For quite a while, Ben's wonderful sister and brother-in law, have been talking about having our kids up to stay with them in Grand Rapids for the weekend. A couple months ago, they set the date for this past weekend. I'll be honest...I wasn't necessarily counting the time down. I love my kids and I feel like I already don't see them enough, so the idea of spending a weekend away from them when I am already away from them far too much during the week was tough for me. I had threatened Brooke that she might just see me hiding behind the pinball machine at Craig's Cruisers...watching them from afar. Not at all because I didn't trust them, but just because I would miss them.
I'm guessing Brooke took this as some sort of hint, and found a last minute travel deal and forwarded it to Ben. So...on Friday afternoon, we dropped the kids off in Grand Rapids...on our way to Mackinac Island. Pretty awesome sister-in-law, huh?
We had an amazing weekend. I have a serious love for Michigan. You know, when I was younger I always assumed that I would move away to some other better state in our country. After years of travel for fun and for work...I really realized...the grass isn't always greener somewhere else. This state of ours is pretty darn amazing. I'm in love with it and every time I get the chance to wander through this awesome state, I take it. This weekend was no different. Wanna see a few pics?
There is one way to Mackinac Island. Over the water. So...you can leave from either Mackinaw City or St. Ignace to reach the Island by ferry. So...we left from St. Ignace, which is part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. You know why? You have to go over the Mackinac Bridge to get there! It may be 15 minutes longer to drive. Well worth it.
Here is another view of the bridge, from the ferry.
Our Bed and Breakfast for the weekend. It was beautiful.
Our transportation for the weekend. No cars on Mackinac. Bike, walk, or horse-drawn carriage. Your choice.
We took a bike ride around the Island (about an 8 mile trek). It was my favorite part of the weekend. The views were amazing.
My favorite guy.
We visited The Grand Hotel.
It's like the saying, "When in Rome." In this case, it's "When in Mackinac...sit on the porch at the Grand Hotel and drink Big Porch Ale and Lemonade."
It's the largest porch in the United States, you know. If Bell's names a beer after it, it must be famous.
We even found an executive putt putt course with 18 pins and real greens to conquer. He beat me.
The whole weekend together was wonderful. I missed my kids like crazy, but I loved our time together. That's what it's all about. Love.
Oh - and back to that amazing sister and brother...yeah. Well, I was getting wonderful texts with photos like these of my kids having fun. So cool. They made memories to last a lifetime too.
Hope your weekend was fab.