Thursday, August 28, 2014

Grand Island 2014

We drove to Munising on Friday the 25th of July and stayed at our favorite Hillcrest Cabins for the night.  We also picked up the running packet at the Holiday Express.
The hubby decided on running the half marathon this time. 
This is the picture of the medal.  It is handmade from wood and is the same medal the hubby received last year.  Good thing the hubby likes running in the trail because of the view and not for the medal.
Above is the picture of our ferry.

After the race, the hubby swam in the cold lake and off we went back to Munising.  I have to remember the mosquito spray the next time we come back.  The whole island is just infested with them.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Ludington and Platte River June 2014

We got a little behind schedule for the drive but we arrived at Ludington State Park and finished setting up our camper by 4:30 pm.   Weather was perfect, cloudy, windy and cool.  We walked to the beach and the kids played in the water.   Then we visited the campground gift shop, checked out the  bathrooms and then Vyn entertained us with his magic tricks while Lyn and guama made loom bracelets.  The first night was quiet and we slept soundly until the neighbor's dogs started barking.
The second day, we went downtown Ludington, Lyn and I climbed our first lighthouse the "North Breakwater Lighthouse".  We stopped by House of Flavors for lunch where we also had a huge serving of ice cream for dessert. 
The hubby got excited when we happened to park right in front of a coffee roastery by chance.  Although they serve coffee drinks, they ran out of roasted coffee beans for sale which was a huge disappointment.  So we ended up buying his roasted coffee at a local organic store.  We ended the second day watching a campground concert by "Mike Lynch".  Who happens to be a very entertaining local guy.
Third day was a great day for playing in the beach, it was warm and sunny.  Then we walked to Hamlin Dam where deers were just watching us by the trails.
Fourth day, we drove to Platte River Campground.  We drove by a few smalls towns that were very picturesque.
Since we were not able to make reservations early enough, we got the rustic campground site.  Much to my delight, we were right next to the bathroom which includes shower rooms operated by tokens that cost $1.00 supposedly for 6 minute showers, but everybody was able to finish before the token ran out.    So the rustic part was just that there is no electricity available in our sites.
They were doing some construction in the Dune Climb parking lot.  Something to look forward to when we visit the area again.
Mama climbed her first sand dune and made it to the first plateau.  The kids and dad went all the way up.
 Fighting the gravity.
Fun run on the way down.  Mama and I just walked.
The next day was raining, foggy and windy in the morning.  We drove by the dune and as you can see in the picture above, people still climbed it.  I wonder if it actually would be easier to climb wet, packed sand.


It was foggy and windy in the morning but we still drove the loop just in case the weather gets worse. 

The afternoon was sunny and so we visited Glen Haven which is a historic village.  We stopped by the blacksmith's shop, the general store, the hotel and the cannery/boat musum.  Lots of history to the place but it was also loaded with black flies which were vicious.

Since it turned out to be a beautiful sunny afternoon, we drove up the scenic drive again.

So glad we were able to share these view with mama.

We also visited Glen Arbor and stopped by our favorite coffee roastery the Leelanau Coffee a roastery where we can really buy roasted coffee and have drinks as well.  We also visited some stores and of course The Great Lakes Tea and Spice shop  for my tea supply and our last stop was The Grocer's Daughter for some delicious chocolates.

Until the next adventure.  Thank you for visiting.


Hartwick Pines June 2014

This was my mom's first ever real camping in a real campground at Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling, Michigan.  We had a nice sunny day for travel and for setting up of the camper.  Had a few nights listening to rain or woke up to rain.  But we luckily always had a sunny day to just walk the trails or stroll downtown.

We walked the trails while the dad ran.  Went shopping in downtown Grayling where I bought a dress, the kids bought stuff toys and the dad bought duck decoys.  We had a meal at the 50's diner "Dawson and Stevens" which has now become our yearly stop as well. 

During rainy mornings, we played LCR, Apples to Apples, built log cabins, had indoor s'mores, and other indoor games or just hang around.  This was the first time we used rectangular shaped marshmallows.
Thank you for stopping by.  Till the next adventure.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Memorial Weekend Camping

 First camping for 2014 and we had my mom join us.  We spent Memorial weekend at my mother in law's lakeside property.   We kayak, pedal boat, fish, and other outdoor activities.

We each made our own pizzas.

 Watched bald eagles flying over us as we played in the water and just hang around chatting and catching up with family.

Observed baby snapping turtle.
This weekend was my mom's first time to sleep in a camper.

Turkey and Poblano Chili


From real simple.



  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion and poblano and cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to soften, 4 to 6 minutes; stir in the cumin.
  3. Add the tomatoes (with their juice), the beans, 2 cups water, 1¼ teaspoons salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 12 to 15 minutes.
  5. Add the turkey and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips, if desired

Monday, May 19, 2014

Dow Weekend of Races

Lyn and I joined our first ever 1 Mile race this weekend and had great fun.  She wanted to sprint most of the way but I needed more practice.  I can't even jog the whole way but rather walked most of the mile.
This was Vyn's second 1 mile race and he did better than last year.  He planned to do better next year and beat his current time.
The dad, decided to do the half marathon for this race and did better than his half marathon in the Lansing Half Marathon a couple weeks ago.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Fried Morel Mushroom

Vyn spent the weekend with a friend's family and went morel mushroom hunting among other fun activities.  He can't stopped talking about the weekend.   They were able to find some morel mushrooms and Vyn brought some home.  Thank you very much "J".
I searched for a recipe online and found this from allrecipes.   Made it for dinner and we all loved it.  It's crunchy and tasty.  The aroma while they were frying was mouthwatering.
Fresh Morel Mushrooms, rinsed and cut into halves ready for flour and frying.