I can’t believe how quickly the month of June went by! I feel like it was just the start of 2017 and then I blinked and missed half the year. But last week, I had some time off (which always flies by) to go camping in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was a nice trip. Though some of the days were cold, it was really nice to get away!
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a beautiful place, and if you’ve never been there, it’s time to make a roadtrip! There is still a lot of it I wanted to explore, but this year Damien was insistent that we do a trip very similar to last year’s for some reason, staying at Little Brevort Lake (you’ll find out WHY below. hint: it’s worth scrolling for).
Camping is nice because it can be very budget-friendly, and it also forces you to unplug from the craziness of everyday life — which was much-needed. It’s a simple way to travel, and can be done in an affordable way.
We camped near St. Ignace, in Moran, like we did last year. The first time I went to this area was with my family, so it has a lot of memories. In my opinion, this town is a more laid-back version of Mackinac Island (which is awesome and worth taking a trip to if you haven’t been before), with some touristy attractions (like this deer farm) but not as much of the crowds.
l love the downtown area, which is right on the water! One of my goals is to live somewhere that I look out the window and see blue for miles, just like this. This year we went into town a few times because of rainy days, and I enjoyed exploring it more.
Camping isn’t camping without s’mores! We ate too many of these on our trip, but at least the meals we cooked were healthy to offset it. I also couldn’t resist buying fudge, but unlike last year, I bought less and still brought a lot home to put in the freezer.
One of the shops in St. Ignace had a bunch of awesome loose-leaf teas at an amazing price. So far I’ve tried the red fruit cocktail I bought there, and a gunpowder green. Both were tasty.
I wanted to buy all the teapots, but I only got one! Will share a photo of it in a blog post later this week. But here’s a hint: 🐝 also picked up some local tea, so I’ll be reviewing that, too 🍵 #lifesacupoftea #latergram #puremichigan #travel #upperpeninsula #breakfastspot #cafe #teapots #cute #pretty #kitsch #teablogger #teablog #tea #teatime #teaware #dishes #glass #pretty
Also in town, we stopped and got a snack and coffee at this breakfast spot called Java Joe’s, that I discovered online and wanted to check out. I’m so glad we went, because they had all these adorable teapots, and I bought one! I’ll share it in a future blog post, but it’s super cute. 😉
So as I said earlier, Damien really wanted to do a similar camping trip to the one we did last year (basically exactly the same). I thought that was kind of weird but I went along with it. On our second night camping, we went to the beach at sunset for a walk, and I was taking photos of the sky. I turned around to take his photo, and he was standing on one knee to ask me an important question. I said yes! Last year, we walked across the beach along U.S. 2 every evening at sunset, and for my sunset-loving self, this was the perfect way to propose.
The weather wasn’t perfect while we were up there, it was still springy, with a few rainy days and cool evenings, but it was still so calming and relaxing to get away, and will definitely be remembered as one of my all-time favorite trips. 🙂