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Traverse City 2009 July 22, 2009

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Well, Bill and I took the kids to Traverse City, MI this summer. We met up with my parents, my brother, sister-in-law, nephew, niece, and sister. My sister’s friend Travis came up and spent one night there, too. We stayed at The Villas at Sugar Beach. The place we stayed was huge! It slept all of us comfortably. There were three bedrooms and bathrooms, which was a big factor in our comfort!

Grandma and Emma Relaxing

Grandma and Emma Relaxing

Here you can see Grandpa and Emma playing.  In the background are Andrea and Eric on the couch with Emma, and Travis is relaxing in the chair to the side.
Grandpa and Emma playing

Grandpa and Emma playing

The sunsets were a sight to see… It was quite a treat to sit out and enjoy the beautiful night as the sun went down.
Sunset on Sugar Beach

Sunset on Sugar Beach

 We also went to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore with the kids.  They had a blast running up and down the dunes!  It’s been many years since I’ve been there, and we had a great day.  Here the boys are at the bottom of the sand dunes waving to Grandpa Lueck before they went up.

Nash, Jack, and Drake Waving with Grandpa

Nash, Jack, and Drake Waving with Grandpa

Drake and Jack are both very talented – they blink at just the right time!
Silly boys blinking away the bright sunlight

Silly boys blinking away the bright sunlight

Here are Nash and Drake at one of the Scenic Overlooks at Sleeping Bear Dunes.  As you can see, the sun was quite bright that day.
Nash and Drake at Scenic Overlook

Nash and Drake at Scenic Overlook

The boys wanted to give the Steep Bluff a try as soon as they saw the sign….
The Warning...

The Warning...

…until they saw exactly what it meant!
...and the Reality!

...and the Reality!

Needless to say, we did not attempt the Steep Bluff with the boys!

We also got to stop in and see Bob & Lil MacEachern, the boys’ great-grandparents.  That was a very nice visit, and one that doesn’t happen all too often since they live in Irons, MI.  It was only about an hour from Traverse City though, which made it a very nice day trip.  We really enjoyed seeing both of them again, and the boys did as well.  Nash and Drake even got a big box of shells to share from Grandpa Bob.

This is Drake posing for a picture with Lil.

Drake with Great-Grandma Lil

Drake with Great-Grandma Lil

 Can’t you see the resemblance?

Great-Grandpa Bob and Drake

Great-Grandpa Bob and Drake

We finally got the boys to sit with Lil and Bob and relax for a few moments… before they were off and running again!
Lil and Bob relaxing with their great-grandsons

Lil and Bob relaxing with their great-grandsons

On the way back home, we made an extra stop in Grayling because we wanted to take the boys to Hartwick Pines.  Other than a snowshoe making workshop this past winter, I hadn’t been there since my parents took us there as children — so it’d been a while!  We spent some time at the Visitor’s Center looking around.  Craig, one of the employees I met while at the snowshoe workshop, spoke with the boys for a little while and sent them on a scavenger hunt to find three different kinds of pinecones while we walked the trails.  We stopped and looked at The Monarch, which is just a shadow of its former self… and we also visited the historical logging museum.  While there, Nash played a game of Give Away, which is the opposite of the traditional checkers game, with one of the interpreters.  We lucked out and got to participate in Animal Soup, an interactive activity about identifying animals.

Here the boys are posing for a picture with a large cross-section of a tree at the Visitor’s Center of Hartwick Pines.

Posing at the Hartwick Pines Visitor's Center

Posing at the Hartwick Pines Visitor's Center

Nash wanted to know what this contraption was for.  An interpreter told him that if he was living at the time of the loggers, hauling buckets of water from the river would have been one of his chores.  Luckily for Nash, the buckets in this exhibit were empty!

Water Boy at the Logging Museum

Water Boy at the Logging Museum

 Nash got to play a game of Give Away with the interpreter at the Logging Museum.  It’s a game the loggers played to pass what little free time they had.

Nash playing Give Away at the Logging Museum

Nash playing Give Away at the Logging Museum

 We got to stay for the Animal Soup interactive activity.   Craig ran it, and the boys were blindfolded and had to try to identify various animals (or animal parts, in this case) after touching the pelt and hearing clues.

Drake identifying a bear claw for the Animal Soup activity

Drake identifying a bear claw for the Animal Soup activity

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