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Alabama–> Indiana–> Michigan!

June 11, 2013

Hi, friends!  Over the weekend, we traveled from Alabama to Michigan, with a pit-stop in Indiana.  We’ll be here in beautiful Michigan for the next two weeks.  My blogging has been less frequent these days (I know, I know), but I’m going to try to blog regularly on this trip (even though we don’t have internet, ha), because I LOVE looking back at our past travels through the blog. 

The drive from our house in Huntsville to the cabin we’re renting in Michigan was almost exactly twelve hours, with Indianapolis SMACK dab in the middle.  It made the perfect spot for an overnight pit stop…which was lucky for us, because it also meant that we got to visit our good Purdue friend, Mindy!  Indiana will always hold a near and dear place in our hearts, because it’s where we first met, as grad students at Purdue!


Looking good.  Looking real good.  That’s a fireman’s hat I have on.  I won it at the fair.  Respect.

Anyway, we had plans to meet up with Mindy upon our arrival into Indy on Friday night.  Remember this beautiful baby quilt that Mindy made for Lila? 


So pretty!  We were so happy to be able to meet up with her and “meet” her baby boy who is due later this summer!

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Doesn’t she look great?  I was definitely not that stylish when I was pregnant.  Oh well.

We made it to Indianapolis by about 5:30, and headed over to meet Mindy at a food truck festival, where these delicious Indian tacos were enjoyed:

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Yum!  The food festival was also nice because Lila was able to burn off some of the CRAZY energy she had built up from the road trip.  She didn’t end up going to bed until 9 o’clock!

The next stop on our road trip was Saugatuck, which we used to break up Saturday’s drive. 

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Saugatuck was about four hours north of Indy, which made it the perfect stop for a lunch break.  We pulled into town and immediately found a cute waterfront park, perfect for a picnic. 

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I stayed with Lila and the dogs while Ryan got us food at a nearby restaurant.  I told him to just choose something for me, and he came back with these seaweed salad tuna nachos:

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Definitely not what I would have probably ordered myself (ha), but surprisingly delicious!

We spent about an hour walking around Saugatuck—SUPER cute town, with lots of shops and restaurants.  And lots of tourists.  Winking smile

Before we headed on our way, we had to share a little ice cream:

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Lila was a fan.  Winking smile

I was sad to leave Saugatuck—such a cute town!—but we knew that we needed to get on our way in order to get to our final destination (our cabin!) before dark.  Or at least, I THOUGHT so—I didn’t think about the fact that it stays light here in Michigan until about 10:00 pm!

We made it into town about two hours later and checked out our super cute house—I’ll post more pictures of it as the trip goes on, but I’ll just say it goes above and beyond our expectations!

We unpacked, took a trip to the local grocery store, and returned home just in time to make an easy dinner: pasta with turkey, veggies, and tomato sauce, plus salad and bread.  Nothing fancy, but it hit the spot after a few days of eating out.

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Sunday held many adventures…including Ryan’s birthday! After a blueberry pancake breakfast, enjoyed especially by Lila:




…we headed out for a hike!


We’re about 15 minutes from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, and are really looking forward to exploring some of the many trails that the park has to offer.  This morning, we did the Old Indian Trail, which started in beautiful woods and culminated with a sandy climb up (and then down) to a beach on Lake Michigan.

The wooded trail was about a mile:



I know it isn’t long, but everything feels a lot longer when you have a toddler strapped to your back! I was happy to see this sign:



…until I realized that it meant we had to climb over the dunes.  My legs got quite a workout!




But it was worth it…to get to the beach!  So beautiful! The beach was totally deserted—we didn’t run into a single other soul!  Lila was a little nervous at first:


…but soon enough she got over her fears and was running EVERYWHERE, exploring the water, the sand, the rocks—everything!






I’d say it was a successful trip.  The only mishap occurred when Lila wandered a little TOO far into the lake and totally soaked her clothes.  She ended up completing the hike back in Ryan’s t-shirt:


…which meant Ryan had to hike topless! You’re welcome, Michigan!

WHEW!  Longest. Post. Ever.

But, one more thing.  Happy Birthday to Ryan, my ever-patient travel partner!


I’m glad we’re on this road trip (and ALL road trips) together! I love you!

Thanks for sticking with me if you made it to the end of this post.  More Michigan fun to come!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Kristi permalink
    June 11, 2013 2:59 pm

    Looks like a great time! Great shots of the dogs and Lila. I especially like Lila hanging onto Baxter’s leash and El coming out of the water with her prize. Thanks for sharing.

  2. June 11, 2013 3:16 pm

    I am so glad that you two have not given up your love of traveling! Lila is such a sweetheart!

  3. June 11, 2013 4:46 pm

    What a great trip! MAJOR props to you for doing all that hiking with her on your back. Those kiddos can get HEAVY after a while. The tacos look amazing. nom nom

  4. Patti permalink
    June 11, 2013 10:32 pm

    Loved reading this post. It sounds like a beautiful place for a vacation. I hope you continue to enjoy each day just as much as this day

  5. June 12, 2013 12:09 pm

    Yes, that is a gorgeous place. Have a wonderful time!

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