Whoa. It’s been awhile, huh? Sorry about that. Things have been SUPER busy around here, and now I’m finding that I have to force myself to get this post cranked out here before we take off for another weekend of fun. These kids have me running around!
I have tons of photos to share with you from our long weekend camping trip down at Silver Lake State Park. It was such a fun adventure! Silver Lake is a special place to Jim as his family would travel out that way multiple times during the summer when he was a kid, but even though I grew up only a little way from there, I can’t remember going even once!
Our campsite. The trailer was a BIG help! It still got a little tight, but we were able to bring Charlie along with us this time AND all four bikes. Yippee! The campground was really crowded when we got there on Friday. It took forever to wait in line to check in, and we couldn’t help but chuckle that we drove for so long to go to a place with more people and less nature. One great thing – no mosquitoes! And there was also a great park that the kids couldn’t wait to try out:
I was able to get away for a ten miler on Saturday morning and it was just beautiful! I got to run past marinas, corn fields, cherry orchards, and vineyards all within the first three miles. Stunning!
Then it was time to hike somewhere around 1 1/2 miles out to the big lake – Lake Michigan. No one really knows how long it is because it depends on the path you take, and there isn’t a good path through the dunes that is marked or anything. So it came in handy to use the built in compass in my watch. I believe it helped us stay straighter:
So pretty!Oh this guy. We heart him. Grandpa joined us later that morning and we ventured into Pentwater for lunch. Then, back at the campground, we had more time for games and relaxing: It’s important to shake hands and have good sportsmanship in four square:
And then it was time for the long drive back home. Charlie had had enough. It was too much for him – all the fun, less sleep, noises, people, other dogs, and on and on and on. He was very agitated and all worked up in the car, so Cat and I took turns riding with him back in the third row. He finally calmed down and just laid down. Cat has the magic touch 🙂
In other news…
Lewis, Cat, and I went to a protest/awareness event down at the park this week about how important it is to keep our great lakes clean and to research them. It’s so sad how this is even an issue that needs to be fought for right now.
The organizer of the event opened up the mic to anyone who wanted to come up and talk in front of the crowd, and of course Lewis jumped right up there. He spoke about how he wants the beaches to be clean because he likes swimming in them and that we need to keep them clean. He did a great job! Here’s a link to a news story about it. You don’t get to hear Lewis’ talk, but you do get to see him up in front with the mic: story
And that’s it! Phew! Thanks for reading!!