June Travel Round Up

June brought me back to Grand Rapids, Michigan to visit family. We explored the lower peninsula including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the largest Christmas store in the world, and Kalamazoo Nature Center. We ventured on the edges of the upper peninsula, staying the night in St. Ignace and visiting Mackinac Island for a day trip. June also brought new and exciting adventures in home ownership. 

DESTINATIONS VISITED

Michigan

HIGHLIGHTS

Wandering around Mackinac Island. Michigan is a state with a lot to offer: great beer, plenty of lakeshores, and beautiful scenery throughout the state. One special place is Mackinac Island, a popular tourist destination straddled between the lower and upper peninsula. Accessible only by ferry, the island allows no cars making it a peaceful retreat despite the crowds of people. We spent at least an hour exploring the buildings of historic Fort Mackinac learning about the island's military, fur trade, and fishing histories. We enjoyed a lunch of whitefish chowder and pierogies at the excellent Millie's on Main. Then we followed the road signs to the arch and finished off our tour of the island with a stop at one of its many confectionaries. It's a fun, family friendly destination in a beautiful setting. 

We're buying a vintage 1958 travel trailer.  We'll actually have a place to live, temporarily at least, on our property. This 14' trailer has been lovingly restored and includes all its original vintage appliances including an icebox. I've never used a travel trailer before so this will be a learning curve and bring all sorts of new, exciting adventure to our lives. 

MOST POPULAR POST

People loved learning about Istria and I loved being there. 

MOST POPULAR INSTAGRAM

This photograph of Slap Sopot in Croatia got more likes than anything I've ever posted on Instagram. 

WHAT I READ

Currently, I'm still reading the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I'm on Book 5 of the Series, the Wolves of the Calla. I'm enjoying it much more than the third or fourth books. I'm hoping to finish the series before the movie comes out in early August. 

WHAT I WATCHED

I finished watching the first season of The Handmaid's Tale, I began watching this season of Master Chef, and re-watched all my favorite episodes of Firefly. I'm going to lose some of my nerd cred here but I don't like most of Joss Whedon's television shows or films. I've also been keeping up on this season's Parts Unknown. I have to say Anthony Bourdain's interviewing techniques are getting with each season, though the Los Angeles episode was horribly stilted and I couldn't finish it. His episodes on Oman and Trinidad were some of the best yet. 

WHAT I ATE

This is more about what I drank. Cafe miel is a big thing at Grand Rapids coffee shops and I've got to say I'm really digging it. The honey lends a more complex sweetness to the coffee and milk that's lacking from regular sugar. The best was from Ferris Coffee and Nut in downtown Grand Rapids. 

COMING UP IN AUGUST 2017

I'll be heading to Astoria, Oregon the first weekend of August.