It’s hard to run a travel blog and then stop moving for 5 months. While a large part of our summer is hunkering down to crank out some work we are trying to make the most of the season and location.
Summertime is the sweet season in Michigan. There have been years where it seems like you only get three good months to be outdoors (unless you happen to be into winter sports, which we really weren’t).
Here are a few of the things we’ve been doing while summering in Michigan:
Picking Fresh Fruit
We missed picking strawberries. The farmers continue to insist on growing strawberries all the way down on the ground so I’m never all that thrilled at the prospect of picking them. They sell them at waist height and I’m happy to pay someone else to move the berries higher up for me.
We did make it out for some cherry and raspberry picking. The latter we picked for $2/pint, the former for $2/lb. We naturally then saw the cherries cheaper already picked at one of the local Amish stores - but you know, the experience and all.
I had to post photographic proof of MsBoyink being on a bike. I think that hasn’t happened for a year.
On the 4th of July we attempted a rails-to-trails ride in Baldwin, MI. We only got a few miles in before the gravel path, intense sun, lack of shade, and overabundant bugs made any attempts at riding and conversation turn into a mobile beat-boxing throwdown.
We loaded the bikes back up and headed back over to Ludington State Park for some walking and reading by the river. The park was busy but it was nice.
Leaving we headed south and explored some little towns along Lake Michigan that we’ve never been in. We had burgers for supper at a classic Dog-n-Suds drive-in in Montague, MI. They have fresh root beer and trays that hang from your car window. No roller skates on the waitresses though.