We got home on Wednesday, but I didn't make it back to sewing room till Thursday. After being gone for 10 days, plus being sidelined due to the long hours at work the week before we left, I had to spend a few minutes figuring out where I was on everything. This month's one monthly goal is to get Zombies in Paris to the finished flimsy stage. I found those blocks, plus the parts and pieces for three other projects that were laying around the sewing machine.
So the plan for this afternoon is to make a bit of progress on these four projects.
That's it for the quilty content for this post. I took a ton of photos during our vacation and decided to share just a few. So continue on if you want to check out a few scenes from the Upper Peninsula and northern shores of Michigan.
We started out in Traverse City, which is close to Sleeping Bear Dunes. We spent our first morning climbing and hiking in all that sand. From there we drove up the coast to Mackinaw City.
Our hotel room there looked over Lake Huron, which was peaceful and gorgeous at sunrise.
You can't go to Mackinaw City without taking the ferry over to Mackinac Island. The Round Island Light house marks the entrance to the docks.
We rented bikes and rode around the island. But our favorite spot ended up being a coffee shop looking out over all the sailing boats.
After the detour to Mackinac Island, we took a day trip up to Tahquamenon Falls in the Upper Peninsula.
The golden yellow water is due to the high level of tannins that come from the surrounding vegetation. The water really sparkled in the sun. After our day trip, we headed back towards Traverse City, but spent a few days in Charlevoix. We spent one day hiking along the Lake Michigan shoreline. I've not been able to identify these pretty wildflowers, but they were everywhere.
Our last day in Charlevoix we headed to Boyne City for a kayaking trip down the Boyne River.
This was the calm part of the trip, it was a lot more exciting upstream of here. Let's just say that we spent some of the trip hanging on to the kayak rather than riding it in. The end wasn't completely without excitement. In order to reach the dock, we had to go under the bridge where the flowers are sitting. It looked like this:
We had to lie down in the kayak to get through that. But it was pretty smooth sailing after that.
Our last day in Michigan found us back in Traverse City where we had the most distinct feeling we were being watched.
It was a very relaxing vacation. The Great Lakes are beautiful, the food was really good (I have enough pictures for post just on the food) and the people were really friendly. We had a great time. But now it's time to get moving on back to school stuff for DT and on finishing up a few things before a big project deadline on Thursday. I'm already ready for next year's vacation!