Summer Vacation 2022 {Part ONe}

Hello, my friends!

I have quite a long post today! Back at the beginning of June (Yes, I’ve been waiting a while to post this. I may have to start posting more than once a week or take fewer photos. πŸ˜‚), my family, along with my grandparents and aunt, went on a trip to Lake Michigan. It was a wonderful time, even though it was a bit chilly and the water was too cold to swim, and I took 654 photos. *shakes head* Which is why we’re going to split this into two parts.

Enjoy!

DAY ONE:

(I’m going to divide this post into days and two parts to keep it decently readable. :))

We started out the trip around Eight in the morning and we arrived around One O’clock so just in time for lunch. Grace and Malachi rode with my aunt (Well, Malachi drove.), which was strange but nice–since we weren’t crowded for once!

The trip was pretty boring. . .I read This Changes Everything by Jaquelle Crowe Ferris on the way there; it’s an amazing book, and if you haven’t read it, I’d totally recommend it. But other than that, not much happened.

I took tons of landscapes and raindrop photos on the way there, but somehow, they all got deleted. πŸ˜… ‘Twas quite sad and I still have no idea how it happened, but thankfully, a few were saved!

We passed by this place that had tons of windmills. There were so many and they were all so huge!

And then, at last, we reached our destination! (Well actually, first we had to stop at Walmart to pick up some things, and then we went to Subway to get sandwiches. But we were there!)

We stayed at the cutest little cottage right on the Lake, which was amazing. All we had to do was cross this small lane and we were at the beach.

Right away we got out of the car (Without bothering to unload all of our things, except the sandwiches) and ran to the beach. Everyone was starving, so after a few of us had run around the beach like crazy, we settled down to eat. And then promptly, we got sand in the sandwiches. (Guys, sand gets everywhere. I mean, I still have sand in my shoes from this trip. *rolls eyes*)

The water was so blue and bright! ❀ It was a really neat color that day. It was funny because each day, the water was a different shade of blue.

I LOVE how the clouds look in this one. They were so wispy and neat.

I always enjoy standing by the edge of the beach and watching the waves come in, and then having to jump away from them too! It even gave me a new story idea. 😁

Later, after the car had been unpacked and we were somewhat settled, Dad, Grandpa, the twins, and I went on a walk on the beach.

It was a bit cloudy, but still so bright and beautiful! At the end of our beach, there was a pier and a little further down from that was a lighthouse. (Keep on reading for more about that later in the post!) We walked to the end of the beach but couldn’t figure out how to get to the lighthouse so we went on a trail in the woods. (Possibly a bad idea. πŸ˜‚)

After nearly 20 minutes of walking, I was starting to think that we were lost. Finally, we decided to turn around. Oh, the adventures we have while looking for things. XD (Remember the search for the lake at Lutsen?) Well, we never found the lighthouse. πŸ˜› But we did have a nice walk!

The clouds and sun on the beach were all gorgeous. ❀

Once we came home from our walk, and I took those photos, everyone was tired so we just spent the rest of the evening hanging out in the house and just chilling.

DAY TWO

The second day of our trip was Sunday, and we usually don’t do a lot on Sundays. For most of the day, we just hung out at the beach, and then we went to Target and TJ Maxx before we got to meet one of my writing friends and a pen pal. (Which was fantastic but sadly, I didn’t get any pictures.) Anyway, I have a lot of beachy photos for this category.

There were so many fish! A lot of them were dead but we caught some live ones too. All you had to do was dunk a bucket underwater and you’d almost always bring up a fish. It was crazy.

It wasn’t very warm out, but all of us kids went into the water anyway and waded. ‘Twas quite chilly, but a lot of fun!

There was this little beach / cove in the water, about 5 feet in. We all had a lot of fun walking on it and jumping back and forth. All of my younger siblings took to calling it an island. I wouldn’t go that far. πŸ˜‚

The water between the “island” was all silvery from the sun. I think this photo is really neat. πŸ™‚

Sitting on the beach is the perfect time to read, eh? I read 5 books on this trip, and most of them were read seating on the beach.

(Credits to Mercy for the last photo!)

DAY THREE

Our third day on vacation was also Ezekiel’s birthday!

For the morning, we hung out at the beach since it was supposed to rain, but it didn’t.

Then for lunch, everyone got into the car (cars, I should say–There were 13 of us! πŸ˜…) and we drove to a restaurant to celebrate Ezekiel’s birthday! It’s one of our favorite restaurants to go to up there, it serves some of the best ice cream and huge shakes//malts. It’s super cool inside too, all these old signs and things. Sadly, I didn’t bring my camera inside. πŸ˜›

It rained on the drive there, and I got some more rain drop photos! Not my best ones, but I think this one of the windshield is neat. 😊

After we had eaten, we went shopping in some little stores downtown–This ice cream shop reminded me of something you’d see in a movie or book. 😁

There was this huge bear outside one of the stores! Buddy, my grandparents dog, kept barking at it. πŸ˜‚

Along with plenty of pretty flowers. I don’t know what kind of flowers these are, but I love them and now I want to plant some. *grins* I love this photo so much. ❀

There were all of these fun animals around the town. Apparently, his name is Cusco! It’s from a picture book but I don’t remember the name–Anyone remember it? 😜

Hello, Mr. Pig! πŸ˜‚ This pig wasn’t named though, unlike Cusco.

After shopping, we got back in the car and drove home. Now, onto the lighthouse adventure, I mentioned earlier in the post! Everyone wanted to figure out how to get to the lighthouse and go see it, so after looking it up and finding directions, we headed toward the lighthouse.

On the way there, we had to walk on a street // road that had an area for the public to walk, and a spot for the private. The younger ones of us kept putting toes over the line and being crazy about it. πŸ˜‚

We walked out on this concrete pier, and it was a bit nerve-wracking but still very safe. πŸ˜…

I love the B&W version of this photo. I had to edit it a bit strangely to try to get Mercy out since she was photobombing, but I still love it.

All of the rocks along it were so pretty, and neat. It was so loud there, with all the waves crashing against them.

Guys. . .it was so neat there and the weather and fog just added to the effect.

I kind of want to write a short story of flash fiction off of these photos. What do you think?

Across from us, there was another pier where plenty of seagulls, pelicans, and other birds were all over it. It was really cool to watch the birds.

Ahh. . .this is probably my favorite photo from the whole trip. I love it SO so much. This was one of, if not my favorite, places to go when we went up there.

Anyway, that brings us to the end of this incredibly long post. 😜 I hope you enjoyed it and keep an eye out for part two next week!

What was your favorite photo from this post? What are your plans for the summer, have you taken any summer trips yet? Do you like the beach or mountains more?

Have a beautiful week and thank you for reading!