We sojourned “Up North” this weekend to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and make small hiccups of stops in some of my favorite towns in the history of small towns–Glen Arbor, Leland (Fish Town), Empire, and Traverse City. (Note: Traverse City is not really a small town–but I’m lumping it with the others because I don’t know how else to classify). We knew the Cherry Blossoms were supposed to be blooming and we wanted to take a trip up there prior to little Baby making his appearance so we figured, “hell, why not” and drove up on Saturday morning.
We saw, what I would consider, an unsighly amount of roadkill on the way up. Many deer and raccoons in various stages of rigor mortus….its actually kind of unnerving to see all these animals because, ya know, hitting a deer is apparently a big deal and can really be a scary and dangerous experience. These are the things you need to worry about while driving up north in Michigan. That and the speed traps that the cop set up–GEEZE.
Saturday we stopped by a cherry tree orchard that was in full bloom. I was also in full bloom.
Help...I'm Lost in a Cherry Field
Cherry Blossoms and Baby Bumps
We did a *very* small hike (only approx. 1.4 miles round trip) to Pyramid Point and it was a little challenging. I am having major problems walking faster than a drunken child–but at least I did it! It was also frigging COLD–and we were *NOT* dressed appropriately. Standing at Sleeping Bear Dunes overlook with the wind whipping the sand in my face and eyes and the cold air chilling my toes was NOT fun. Oh the things we do for love. It was okay, though–because after all that rigorous exercise (HA!) we ate at Arts Tavern in Glen Arbor and nom nom nom was it good. We topped it off with warm raspberry crumble and vanilla ice cream. I swear–its like a little oasis of wonderful food in the middle of the tiniest cutest little town in Michigan.
We spend the night at the Sugar Beach resort in Traverse City. Our plan was to not book ahead and just find a hotel–this worked mostly to our advantage as when we called SB, they only had suites left and they gave them to us at a discounted rate. We had a giant room with a king bed and then a child’s room attached to our room that had a bunk bed in the shape of an elephant. I’m not really sure how else to explain this–but know that I RARELY sleep well in hotel rooms and I slept through the night at Sugar Beach. It was A-mazing.
Sunday brought another small hike to Empire Bluffs (this one was 1.5 miles roundtrip) where Lars took a photo of me and my baby bump overlooking the dunes of Sleeping Bear. This is the “release” photo of “Meggo is Preggo” on his photo blog. We shall see if this makes his viewership spike or plummet.
Meggo is Preggo (and at Empire Bluffs)
Drove back to Ann Arbor and made it home by about 6:30pm tonight. Am v tired and watching some basketball now. Part of me wants the Celtics to lose because I harbor some strange anger towards them….but part of me wants them to win so that LeBron James can destroy them when they play the Cavaliers. Part of me just doesn’t care but is happy to watch sports of high intensity where I can multi-task and watch TV at the same time.
Back to work tomorrow and then to San Diego on Thursday!!!