There's thunder rolling and lightning streaking across the night sky as I sit here typing, a chocolate chip cookie and milk for dunking at my side. Snuggled into the couch. Everyone tucked into their beds. Just back home from four days camping and blissfully tired. Fulfilled but exhausted. You know...like after Thanksgiving dinner.
The five of us had such a wonderful, memorable time being together and experiencing the wonders of God. Sitting here editing my photos, my bleary eyes are smiling recalling our days. But, honestly, I was having doubts about sharing about our trip here in this space. I mean...I was wondering if it's a bit like, "Come on over and see my vacation slides". But then while perusing (and savoring) a wise blogger-friend's words, my doubts seemed silly as she brought me back with the reminder that this blog is a journal of my days to be stored up and treasured. A place for God-glory-giving. Thanks, Susan!
Thus, here they are....into the wild.
This time my sister-in-law generously loaned us her trailer. Oh JOY! I had never camped in one before and it was SO great....comfy and convenient and DRY (of huge importance to me). I was able to make some meals ahead and just pop them in the oven when the weather didn't cooperate for a campfire. And not having to walk to the bathroom in the dark of night? Priceless.
We stayed in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. Northwest Michigan is just gorgeous. The flora, fauna, and terrain diverse and majestic. The first evening we trekked a mile to the beach on a hushed and lush trail, the gem of Lake Michigan the end reward. As it was chilly, we hadn't planned on swimming but the pull of the glassy water was too strong for the kids to resist.
endangered piping plover. These bug-filled divots were everywhere close to their nesting grounds. Interesting.
Gift, gift, all gift.