Monday, July 16, 2012

Vacation Part 1

As mentioned in the Engagement Story post, J began the proposal by surprising me with a vacation.  I was so excited by the surprise and following proposal, it was a good half an hour afterwards that I even asked where we were going!

Given that we didn't have a full week, he opted for a place that I frequented as a child (mainly in the winter time) which was far enough away but not so far we would spend a ton of time traveling:  Northern Michigan.  Many of you may have heard the Pure Michigan tourism commercials, voiced by Tim Allen.  An ad campaign which has brought $1 billion in revenue to the state in 2011 and increased the number of tourists from 2 million in 2010 to 3.2 million in 2011.  Pretty impressive.

On July 4th, we headed to my mom's house where we were greeted by family members for an amazing meal of ribs, pasta salad, cheesy potato casserole, desserts--the perfect welcome for two folks who hadn't had  home cooked meal in quite a while and who hadn't slept in air conditioning for nearly a week.  The following morning, my sister took us to the airport and we headed north.

Greeting us at the Pellston airport:

That would be the ONE baggage claim they have in their two terminal airport.

The town we stayed in was named Petoskey and it sits on Little Traverse Bay.  It's about half an hour from the Mackinac Bridge and is the perfect tourist town.

We arrived around noon on Thursday and spent the day touring Petoskey, visiting the shops, eating whitefish sandwiches and gelato, and just relaxing with an amazing view of the bay:
We had a lovely dinner in town, visited the nearby Harbor Springs, and went back to the hotel for some much needed sleep in an air conditioned room.  It was glorious I tell you, absolutely glorious!

Friday we took our time in the morning and decided to head up to the Upper Peninsula (or UP for those of you familiar with it.)  
We crossed the Mackinac Bridge and stopped in St. Ignace for a lovely lunch of whitefish and chips.  We walked out on the pier and looked around and decided to hit the road and see how far East we could go on the southern portion of the UP.  
We made it as far as Drummond Island, the eastern most point.  Along the way were various stretches of beach and you could just pull off to the side of the road and go swimming if you were so inclined.  We were, so we did!
By the time we reached Drummon Island, it was getting later so we turned around and headed back to Petoskey.  About an hour and fifteen minute drive at this point.  We made a quick stop at the hotel to freshen up and decided to hit the casino just 2 miles away:
We went in with a plan just to spend $50.  We started with $20 which ended up keeping both of us busy for about three hours and after being down to just $1.25, J won it all back (and then some) with one hand of poker:

We returned to the hotel exhausted, but ready for our big road trip the next morning!


Girls Love Fried Pickles said...

Every proposal is different and I love that this was the best day. Just you two and a map.

Shannon @ Bungalow960 said...

Omaha's airport only has two terminals. Can you believe that? A city of over a million people and our airport is complete shiot.

Meg {henninglove} said...

wow looks like a great vacation you two took. man only two terminals and that teeny tiny baggage claim

Melissa said...

It was a fantastic trip away for a few days!

Shannon, I cannot believe that! It's a pretty well known city too!

Meg, the fiance kept wanting to see actual bears after seeing the ones in the baggage claim. Made for an interesting trip :)

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