Back when I was a full-time working gal, I was privy a strange phenomenon in the American workforce – the guilt associated with using vacation days entitled to us through our benefits package. Furthermore, there was an aura of pride that surrounded the idea of being too busy to take a vacation. Now that I am older (and dare I say wiser?), I realize the importance of taking a break and stopping to smell the roses. And because we would much rather spend money on experiences than ‘things’, Clay and I have gotten into the habit of taking one big vacation each year in addition to trips to visit family back in North Carolina and Georgia. Money well spent, in my opinion.
Montreal – 2005
In the past, we’ve done Montreal, the Bahamas, San Diego, and Alaska among other places as our big cheese vacation and now this year we’re heading to northern Michigan. So now this is where I point out that I am sure some of you are thinking Michigan?
Glen Lake – 1990
Yes – Michigan. This vacation will be slightly different than ones in the past because we’re joining my parents and siblings in Glen Arbor, Michigan for a week-long rental on Glen Lake. You see, Glen Arbor is a special place for my family because we went there every summer growing up and it became a home and away from home. Having spent 10 years of my childhood in Phoenix, Arizona, the summers in Michigan were a welcomed break from the heat. My mom’s family had a cottage in the area so our days were filled with hikes along the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, swims in Lake Michigan, kayaking on the Crystal River, and bike rides around Mackinac Island. I am sure some of it has to do with childhood memories but northern Michigan is truly a magical place. Maybe even more so than Disney World. And you know what? I am excited to finally share it with Clay and Weston.
Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes
The Cherry Republic – Glen Arbor, Michigan
Cherry soda? Yes please!
We’re off tomorrow. And because we’re those type of dog owners, we’re driving to Michigan so our little girl could accompany us. She is not one to pass up a vacation on the water. And you know what? Neither are we!
Are you taking a vacation this summer? If so, where?
Any place as exotic as northern Michigan? 🙂