It’s been a while since my last post, and I think there are a couple of reasons behind it:
1. I’m still trying to figure out the identity of this blog and what I want it to be. That’s going to require a little bit more planning from my fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants personality. So just know I’m working on that.
2. I was on vacation for eight days last week and I only checked my email once and did absolutely no work, personal or otherwise, other than reading. It was LIBERATING!
But now that I’m back at the grind, it’s time to turn my attention back to this blog, too. Before I really get into it, though, I thought I’d share a bit about my family trip, if only to show off all the pictures I took 😉
The Norell family vacation is full of tradition, and while I’m rather partial to trying new things, I love the things we do each year — especially where we do them. Kyle is still deployed for work, so this was not my year to introduce him to the madness, but fair warning to both him and my family that the day is coming!
We left on Friday and spent a night in Traverse City, Michigan. After about a four-hour ride, we begin with lunch at the Mackinaw Brewing Company, then hit the shops in downtown TC.
After checking into our hotel and freshening up, we spend the evening with a round of putt-putt (which is possibly my least favorite activity on the planet, but I suck it up), followed by dinner.
I started off Saturday with a run — 5.5 miles toward half marathon training. I had planned on 7, but ran out of sidewalks and was not wild about running in circles for 1.5 miles, and I’m completely fine with it. For some reason, it is so much easier to get up and run at 5:50 a.m. when you’ve got these views.
Then we headed up the peninsula to check out the Old Mission Lighthouse and General Store. The store is always a big hit because my dad can find his “conversation starter” weird beer to bring to football tailgates and, this year, my brother stocked up on their exotic selection of jerkies (elk, alligator, kangaroo !!!). The lighthouse is pretty, too.
Then it was off to Glen Arbor for the week.
Glen Arbor might be my favorite place in the world. It’s a small little town with the most gorgeous lake situated right next to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which was named the most beautiful place in American by ABC few years ago.
A few quick highlights:
- Saturday dinner, Wednesday lunch and following Saturday breakfast at Art’s Tavern. A national treasure (go for the chicken jalepeno soup on Wednesday!)
- A day trip to Leland, Michigan, for shopping in town and down in the historic fish town area
- I kayaked for the first three days when the weather was nice
- Thursday breakfast at the tiny Foothills Cafe, where I got something called "The Bomblette," and it was delicious
- Followed by a climb up the Sleeping Bear Dune itself
- I got in a great, hilly 4 mile run on Tuesday and a 3.3-miler on Friday. Can’t beat the views
- I finished two books — The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling and NW by Zadie Smith. Both highly recommended!
- For some reason I woke up before 6 a.m. on Sunday and Tuesday, and each delivered some epic sunrises — and my favorite photos of the trip
- One rainy night, we busted out Scrabble and then the girls beat the boys in Catchphrase 😃
- Enjoying a fire outside the cottage on Thursday
- Nights spent enjoying live music and drinks at Boonedocks
It is real easy to feel like a kid again when I go on vacation with my family, which can be a good thing and a bad thing, but at the end of the day I wouldn't change it for anything.