Sweet Summer in Michigan

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.

Biking…Kinda

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.

Miranda picks cherries in Grant, MI

Miranda picks cherries in Grant, MI

Harrison cherry-picking the cherries in Grant, MI

Harrison cherry-picking the cherries in Grant, MI

The picking was good!

The picking was good!

Miranda picks one of her faves - red raspberries.

Miranda picks one of her faves - red raspberries.

Crissa being picky.

Crissa being picky.

Which one of these is not like the other..

Which one of these is not like the other..

Biking in Baldwin, MI

Biking in Baldwin, MI

A misplaced caboose in Baldwin, MI

A misplaced caboose in Baldwin, MI

A classic Dog-n-Suds meal in Montague, MI

A classic Dog-n-Suds meal in Montague, MI

Boyink testing the temps of Lake Michigan in Muskegon, MI

Boyink testing the temps of Lake Michigan in Muskegon, MI

I've always been fascinated with the textures of the Great Lakes.

I've always been fascinated with the textures of the Great Lakes.

Visiting Lake Michigan

We came back to Michigan swearing we would get in some classic Lake Michigan sunsets.

You’ll note a lack of sunset photos.

Not being too bright about it we arrived on the beach in Muskegon, MI about 4:30 PM. We sat in our chairs for a while and had a picnic supper from our cooler. We went for a walk and quickly realized this section of beach is littered with small shell fragments that are sharp and hurt your feet.

About 6:30PM we realized we’d have to sit there another two hours to see the sunset, so we packed everything back in the truck.

We did more Lake Michigan waterfront scouting on the way home and found a great place where a river feeds out into Lake Michigan. We plan to head back there with a kayak. We’ve never had the kayaks in the big lake yet and being able to paddle from an inland lake through a stream out into the big lake sounds fun.

Making Fall Plans

Our fall plans continue to evolve. Harrison is still hoping to hop from the RV and start off on his own somewhere (it’s looking like Dayton, OH. Yea. I know). We’re still thinking of heading west. Past that? Not sure.

How’s Your Summer Been?

The summer is about half gone…how has yours been? Any cool plans for the fall?

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2 Comments Sweet Summer in Michigan

  1. Picture of JenniJenniJuly 17, 2015

    This post made me very hungry.  Hungry for fresh berries, sunsets and some Boyink company.

  2. Picture of Michael BoyinkMichael BoyinkJuly 17, 2015

    We thought about you guys while at the Lake!

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