For Labor Day , we decided to get up super early and drive up to Michigan for the day, with Dominic’s parents. They’re always talking about how much we’d love it up there and since everyone was off that Monday, we decided to get up and go!
I am such a fan of road trips. I love seeing new things, I love the road trip snacks, I love waking up and driving somewhere while it’s pitch black and slowly starts to get light outside, I love listening to so much music….even the coffee somehow tastes better! It made sense to leave early so that Olivia would sleep through the car ride….or so was our thought process. In actuality, she stayed up for half of the drive there, singing and dancing with us and of course, drinking her coffee (vanilla milk).
Once we arrived in South Haven, Michigan, our first thought was breakfast. It was a little cloudy and we drove up there full well knowing that there was a huge chance of rain, but at least it would be hot rain, I thought. Nick and Nancy said they knew of a cute place by the water and while we were walking to the restaurant, I would stop along the way to take pictures. Everyone was a little bit ahead of me, but I didn’t mind. It had kinda been forever since I had pulled out my big camera so I was just walking along, snapping pictures, loving life.
All of a sudden I see the 4 of them turn around and they’re yelling, “RUN!!!!!” And we literally saw the rain coming, making it’s way toward us. It was hilarious, and I’m so glad I got their faces on camera. We pulled under a little shop, and waited for the rain to pass. It was pouring! It definitely slowed down, but didn’t show signs of stopping anytime soon, so we ran to a different place for breakfast.
After breakfast, full and satisfied, we made our way to the beach. As soon as we got there, I knew I wasn’t going to want to leave. I am truly not much of a beach girl. The sand, the hot weather, the dirty water. Just not my thing. But guess what? In Michigan, the water is so freakin clean. Like SO clean. I was thoroughly amazed. Also, it was still cloudy, so no sun. And the sand was wet so it wasn’t burning our feet while we walked to set up camp. Olivia and I ran right for the water. It felt like we had the beach to ourselves because it was so early, and hardly anyone was there yet. I immediately took out my camera and started to take pictures, a lot of pictures (as you’ll see below….whoops.).
There was a beautiful lighthouse, there was wispy grass throughout parts of the beach, and there was just enough fog in the distance to make my pictures look mysteriously beautiful ;)
We were probably there for almost three hours, before we packed up and decided to drive down to St. Joseph, MI. On the way there, it started to pour again and we worried our trip was over because the rain was so cold. We decided to stop at a cute little cafe for lattes and some sweets, praying that the weather would come around just a little big and thankfully, it did. The rest of our day was sunny and warm–perfect for walking around downtown St. Joseph.
Next stop was New Buffalo, MI. On our way there, driving from one town to the next, we noticed a sign that said “tourist views here” or something like that, so we stopped. I really am so glad that we did. The view was absolutely incredible. It was like Narnia or something. The worst part was only being able to see from afar, but I didn’t complain. I just took as many pictures as I possible could so that I would never forget that view. It really was so amazing. And then off we went.
When I was younger, I had a really good friend who used to go apple picking with her family every year. I went with her a few times and they’d always stop at a burger joint called Redamaks (sidenote: if you click that link, make sure you’re speakers are down because there’s music and it seriously just scared the crap out of me) after apple picking. That’s where we went in New Buffalo. Dominic and Olivia were the only ones that had never been, and they were both pretty satisfied! It seriously is such a good burger place with a surprisingly good toasted ravioli appetizer…
Our last stop before we headed back home was to get ice cream. Nick and Nancy were really excited to take us there but when we asked why, they simply responded with, “you’ll see”. It’s called Oink’s Dutch Treat and it was hilarious. The minute we stepped in, we saw that it was covered in head to toe, everything and anything you can think of, PIG gear. It was so fun and so quirky and I loved it! My favorite part, though, was the ceiling. There were so many different ice cream scoopers, it was so cute! The ice cream was pretty delicious too :)
Oh, Michigan, I love you. I already can’t wait to go back. Although we’ll probably have to wait until next year, since it’s already starting to get cold around here!
P.S.Every time I write a post, I always come back to the same struggle- Do I post too many pictures?
Probably. Actually, yes, yes I do. I truly cannot help myself and in the end, I post so many because it’s my blog, it’s a place for my family to come and see what we’ve been up to, it’s kind of a modern day baby book for Olivia and twenty years from now I’m gonna be kissing myself for having this space.
I’ll always apologize for so many pictures, but I’ll never stop actually posting them!