After trying to narrow down the 1,000-plus photos we took on vacation to a reasonable amount for a blog post, I decided to give you little tastes, rather than the whole thing all at once. So here's a glimpse of our trip from Ann Arbor to the Mackinac Bridge. We drove west through Grand Rapids and then up along the coast of Lake Michigan, passing through Traverse City. We continued to hug the coastline as closely as possible, including M-119 — the Tunnel of Trees — that runs north of Harbor Springs to Cross Village. This was my favorite part and where most of these photos were taken.
|The boy was in charge of provisions for the car. Not only did he roast a chicken for some tasty sandwiches, |
but he made several snack trays like this one of ham, cream cheese and scallion rollups.
|This was the first of several dream homes we saw along the way. |
It's absolutely perfect, right down to the tree swing. Sigh…
|We knew we were officially on vacation when we hit no service!|
|Welcome to the Good Hart, MI General Store. Home of pot pies and good old fashioned charm.|
|The baked goods looked amazing.|
|They even let me have a look into the kitchen at the day's batch of pot pies!|
|At the General Store, they tipped us off to this beautiful old Mission church and Native American burial ground.|
|With high winds and sweeping clouds, it felt exciting to explore the beaches along the way.|
|The reason why this is called the Tunnel of Trees.|
|The winding scenic drive leads right to Legs Inn in Cross Village.Built in 1921 by Polish immigrant Stanley Smolak, the Inn is filled with handcarved curiosities and bits of naturein every nook and cranny. We didn't eat there, but it had an impressive Polish menu that sounded divine.|
|Even the landscaping at Legs Inn — looking right out over Lake Michigan — is whimsical and filled with curiosities.|
|And so we reach the end of Leg 1 and crossed on over the Mackinac Bridge into the Upper Peninsula.|