Sometimes you just have to get away…
My absence on this blog is the direct result of being sick in addition to working two 50+ hour weeks at work in a row. This is exactly the reason that my husband and I decided to get away even if it was only for one night.
Because of previous plans, we couldn’t leave town until about 2pm on Saturday. This, along with the projected rain all weekend, almost made us cancel the trip. In the end we decided that it was still worth it to relax for one night because we would be physically out of the house and away from the chaos surrounding it. We made it to the Sleeping Bear Dunes area around 6pm. My stomach had been upset most of the drive so we quickly decided we would stay in for the night after grabbing some easy meals at the grocery store.
We made the last minute decision to try and catch the sunset, and I am so glad we did! I had been feeling pretty bummed about the trip considering my stomach ache, and the rainy weather, but there was just enough of a break in the clouds to see the sun. It only lasted a few moments before disappearing behind clouds again, but it was at this spot that we ran into a dear friend that we hadn’t seen in over a year. Completely unexpected, I almost squealed with delight (I restrained myself). Those precious few minutes spent catching up made the entire trip worthwhile for me and I was thrilled that we had acted on impulse and gone to the beach. If you know me and my indecisiveness, you know this was pretty unusual for me! 😉
Upon returning to the house for the night, we settled in with our dinner and a movie on my laptop (We really know how to rough it!).
Our initial plan for Sunday was to go to some antique stores in Traverse City, but we quickly decided that with all the rain, we’d rather spend more time in the car than out of it so we kept heading north.
After a snap-and-run stop in Charlevoix by the lighthouse, we continued on to Petoskey where we stopped for lunch before heading home. On the way home we drove past a spot we hadn’t been to in years, and were delighted by what we found still thriving there:
Years ago when my husband and I were still dating, we stumbled upon this tree full of shoes on one of our adventures. Not to be left out, we made sure we came back another time to leave our own pairs. Many rumors surround the origins of this trend, and more than one person has complained it is an eye sore, but for my husband and I, it served as a perfect piece of nostalgia, bringing us back to those carefree days of dating and driving for hours with no destination in mind, just to be together.
I would have loved more time up north, and of course a little sun would have been nice, but overall I feel much more calm and better prepared to start back to work, knowing that for at least one night, I was able to get away and clear my head. We’ll be going back up in two weeks for a full weekend and hopefully then I’ll have more fun things to share on here!