Then, again, driving driving driving. All the way to Grandpa's house, where we chatted for a bit. Gramps let us stay at WANATOSTKADA for the night. That was a sweet situation. Snacked and watched Fight Club, then again, early to bed, early to rise. Now that we're in the U.P. I'm doing most of the driving. We head to Fob's, a restaurant I've been to a dozen times, for some breakfast, then...fortune lake! We're only there for a bit, take some good pictures, soak up some sun and memories, listen to bible songs drift across the red field, smell the cafeteria mix from the dining hall. I was kind of overcome! That place always makes me feel a lot of things. It was hard to leave, but what are we supposed to do there? Pray? hahahha. Ok, so, on to Bond falls! Pictures of course,but it's warm and sunny and we need to find a place to swim! Fill the thermos and head downstream. Kind of a trail, kind of a deer run. Did some tripping around in the water, bashing feet on rocks and then- the falling starts. Had such a good time, but it was more wading than swimming. We found a million, million tiny, tiny toads! That was quite a treat for me. Fell once or twice more, adding to the bruises, on the way back. Let Tony drive us in to Ontonagon. Fun filled teeth cleaning there, Tony impressed my dad by fixing an electrical issue just about as soon as we got there, Dad even missed his meeting for it! Had some tasty homemade enchiladas for dinner, then sunset and bonfire on beautiful Lake Superior. Bed kinda early, had dad make us breakfast before he had to leave for work. Very yummy, but Torv was sleeepy. Drove out to the Porkies, a little rainy but it is a pretty drive. Did the memory lane thing on the way, hit the old house, pointed out Ellen's old place, stopped at that little cave off m64. Lake of the clouds is always beautiful, and then we hit the trails so make it to Mirror Pond. It was a little wet out there, and we forgot our bugspray. Planned on a 7/8 mile hike, a decent stroll in the mountains. Pretty intense hiking, roots and water and mud and bugs, and we had a great time, lots of toads and frogs. Maybe got a little turned around, on about hour 5 and I'm feeling a little sore, tired, grumpy. No stops for resting because the mosquitos were insane. I think we're pretty close until we round a bend and- parking lot, 5mi. Is that .5? Fuck, no. So I still love hiking out in the woods, as alone as we could be, but those last miles were a trek! 13 miles, about 7 1/2 hours in all before we make it back to the car. Only a little worried about the single bottle of powerade we brought in the last little bit. But I do love being up high, in the woods, surrounded by green and my love. Had dinner at Pauls, looking at the spot my parents got married. Terrible service but decent food, and all those memories. Got ice cream at Connies, and that kid- "plenty of nuts in this town". Ha. Back to dad's house for more relaxing, showers and bed. Watched a lot of home improvement TV. Another early night, early morning. Parted from dad and Pam to go have breakfast in Houghton with Liisa.
Food was so tasty! Lots of breakfasts on this trip. Bummed around Houghton a bit, always enjoy Liisa. Hit a couple head shops there and Marquette, back room got raided! So, they are no more. Eh, fuck the police. So. Left that side of the state- we just had to voyage to Munising, for the pictured rocks! Hit lakenenland, of course, a bruise from skeleton man and that convoy of old guys in gators. Another lakeside stop to watch the angry clouds roll in. Stopped to fill up the thermos, and the drive in it started hailing. Bad, bad storm. Watching all the other cars leave. It only took us three trips back and forth from the car, and one bad fall, and one outfit change, one cigarette bummed to a stranger before we finally got on the one mile trail to the lakeshore beach. It was pretty wet. One or two forest bathroom stops and we make it to the lake! Gorgeous, and barely anyone there. We stayed hydrated while digging our own little river, so much fun, and collected about a thousand pretty rocks. Had to do some big lake swimming, Tony hollering at me while I tried (unsuccessfully) to climb atop this slimy big rock. Oh, more bruises. But I had so much fun in that icy water, I alllllmost made it up! More waltzing about collecting rocks. A LOT of rocks. Eventually back to the car, let Tony drive. We had wanted to go camping but it was too wet everywhere. So we just cruised all the way to Lost Lake, a gorgeous hot red sunset behind us, millions of frogs jumping on the road before us. Fun to cross the bridge at night, all lit up.
Had to scare Rob awake to get in to the house, the right to bed. Imagine that, another early morning! Spent all day wandering around the club, drinking redpop, eating button mushrooms and candy rocks. Feeling all crazy when Rob came back from golfing, spent all evening chatting with him and tyedying my sweeeeet pants. Decided I love Rob and love Tony's family. Karen came up that night, and we had club pizza and Tony and I went swimming. Breakfast in town with Karen the next morning, and we worked on painting that wall! Made some taco salad, mmm. And then later Chelsea and Casey came up! Went to a bonfire with more of Tony's family, fell in love with them, too. Oh, and of course, my fall down the hill (the worst one of the trip, even though they warned me it was steep!), and fall into the chair at Jim and Jean's. My memory of that night is particularly fuzzy. Horseback riding the next day, kind of early, then a fine nature watch around the lake. Photographing mushrooms and climbing trees. All of us seemed to have a weird summer cold thing going on, but it didn't last all day. Thank god for medicine. Lots of wandering and giggling, playing on that boingy tire swing. Chelsea and I went swimming together, drove Karen's car to the beach, while the boys did whatever. Started to make dinner with Karen though none of us were very hungry. That was an awkward meal. then the adult went to glow golf so we put our glow gear on and started a bonfire! Sparklers, stars and smiling. A really beautiful time on that hill. Redpop and cream soda. Jim came by for a bit while Chelsea and I were night painting, after much deliberation we headed down to their place. Fun time but those annoying neighbors were there- the guy who kept pissing Jim off and all I wanted to do was cheer him up. Aw well. Back to the house to wind down. The last night of vacation. Made it back the next day for the Guregian family brunch in one piece, still high of my up north joy.
We started a bit late on Thursday, heading North after working, getting up early to paint those peoples' house, then I packed while Tony worked on a deck. Stopped at Great Lakes Crossing on the way up, bought white things to tyedye- my AMAZING swim pants, white sports bra, and Tony got a button down since we have a lot of tyedye tees. Ate some cheap asian food at the food court, then back to the road! Fairly enjoyable ride, Tony drove and we had some whipped cream which made it a bit tastier. Made it to the cottage after dark and unloaded, pretty much went right to bed to start the next day bright and early. Quick run in to town for snacks and drinks, then broke into our lunch of portebella mushrooms! And more delicious whipped cream of course. Got stuck standing and waiting in the house for a bit, started feeling silly so we went for a walk. Made it to the bridge and the water looked sooo tempting...I had to jump in! Only half naked, only slightly cold, while Tony basked in the sun. What an amazing feeling. Hidden under the bridge, swimming slowly against the current, river flowing against me, I am SO happy. I could have stayed there forever. Smoked a cigarette gazing downstream, tiny fish nibbling at my toes. Eventually headed back to the cottage to relax, more dessert. This is where I get all wacky,Tony and I start talking about love and marriage and whatnot, had some apple cider and then the fuckin' waterworks started. Convinced my boyfriend is an alien because he is just TOO GOOD to be true. "Is this really just the first day? maybe this is what this trip is about..." good couple hours of that. Then, because our antics on the porch convince me the neighbors are all against us, we retire to the bedroom and pass out. The next day we painted the garage, had some tasty lasagna and garlic bread for dinner, fished and relaxed. The garage was kind of a big job but I know my Aunties will appreciate it. Kinda early to bed, sleeping on the porch of course, and up at dawn (!) for some canoe fishing. Really beautiful out, even when it started raining. I pulled in quite a few of the little guys, I am a lucky fishergirl, Tony managed to have 2 swallow the hook. Came back to finish up the garage, round up all our nonsense and head even further north! A day for Mackinaw city! Did some shopping, tiny Mackinaw Bridge museum above a pizza place, fudge at Alices, of course, a picture with the copper human statue. Tony bought me a (not exactly engagment) ring at Twisted Crystal. Lab opal, sooo pretty. I seem to be a spoiled girl. Spent all day staring at it. We also visited the Michilimackinac Fort, which is something I hadn't done before. Kinda cool, fun poking around. Actually saw Jay and LeeAnn on the way out! Small fuckin' world.