Monday, January 19, 2015

Summer 2014

I never posted my summer vacation photos, and when better to do it than the middle of January?  Six months ago it was warm, and six months from now it will be warm again.  (Although this current winter so far has been much milder than last year's, so I am careful not to complain.)

Our tradition of spending time in Sleeping Bear Dunes every summer was altered in the summer of 2014. In late June, my husband's relatives came to Michigan from all across the country for a family reunion, and we, as hosts, decided to have everyone meet in Traverse City.  We only spent one day at the Dunes with our children; the rest of our Up North time was spent in Traverse City and the Old Mission Peninsula visiting with assorted aunts, uncles, and cousins.

We spent one day driving around vineyards and visiting wineries.  The adults enjoyed this more than the children.  I'm not a wine drinker, but I was looking forward to the opportunity to ask the vintners (or sommeliers; whatever those winery bartenders are called!) for samples of wine for the person who doesn't like wine.  Alas, the wineries were so crowded and loud that it wasn't the right situation for me to be needy, so I sat in the corner with my kids and wished we were on a tea and chocolate tasting tour instead. 

In August, both of my children spent a week at music camp, and my husband and I took the opportunity to go to the Dunes by ourselves. It was wonderful and horrible at the same time.  No children!  How nice!  No children!  We miss them!  

We hiked a trail we had never hiked before and saw the lake from a new vantage point.

There was a supermoon while we there.

One night we drove to Leland for dinner and then found the beach to watch the sunset.  Finding the beach in Leland was trickier than we expected!  The marina is easy, but the beach required finding a narrow footpath in a neighborhood and walking through waist-high dune grass.

As always, I took way too many sunset photos, but sunset on the beach is my most favorite thing in the world.  I love the colors and the angle of light and the shadows.

We hope to return for a regular family vacation with all four of us this coming summer.  It will be our last trip together before our son moves off to college.