mandag den 21. august 2017

Back to work......

but not to school quite yet. Sigh.
When we returned from camping I somehow thought there was only 2 weeks left until the kids started school, but I was wrong. 3 weeks to go. We had not signed Luca up for any more summer camps and Teresa had agreed to look after him for a couple of weeks. The deal is that they have 200$ to spend every week and so far they have been eating icecream, gone to Pinball Pete's, made slime at the library, baked cake, and watched movies.
In the meantime Kristian and I get to go to work and fight over who gets to bring the last -ehm - delicious microwave lunch from the freezer..... I won this tasty meal🤢. Beat that Kristian!
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And when we get home we let the teens drive:
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Kristian is super calm while I am confined to hyperventilating in the backseat. I am still not too fond of driving myself and it takes a lot for me to be in a car with teens in the drivers seat. But even I will eventually get used to it. I guess😳
We try to get as much from these late summer afternoons and nights. Luca has become quite the fishing addict. Here he is fishing from the dock in Bandemeer park:
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And here are some recent sky pics:
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I just never get tired of the sky in this state (unless it is January and it is super cloudy and grey every freakin' single day).

lørdag den 12. august 2017

Homebound

We are heading back south with muddy wet tents packed up. It rained during the night and the sun never really broke the clouds this morning leaving no chance for our stuff to dry. It is amazing how much more dirty everything gets and how much longer it takes.
But we had another good day yesterday where we did not have to go far to find a trail by the river. Some of us walked and walked and walked:
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While others went fishing:
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And Bailey got even more brave and went in the water (almost) voluntarily until he was knee deep in the water:
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But I am SO done camping and ready to go home. Once there is no more clean underwear, you crave real coffee, and there is wet sand in the tent, then it is time to go back.
We are on the road as I type after a pit stop at Michigans best donut store: Cops and donuts.
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134 miles to go.
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Over and out

fredag den 11. august 2017

More camping (and lavender farms and thunder storms)

We are still camping. And we are still enjoying it - to the point where I have started to maybe some day consider to get a camper......
We have had a "do nothing day" that turned into "go kayaking day", "flip upside down in the hammock day":
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And "make Luca clean the bowl he dropped on the ground day" (yes, that can easily extend into a looooooong task when you are 11 years old and think it is super unfair)
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We also went spying on Teresa's friends, as many of them are right next door on a local band camp with kids from her high school only:
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And after having heard them practice the same part over and over and over and over and........ again, we were quite happy that we stay on the other side of this campground.
Thursday we drove north. And made a stop at my all time favorite store: the Gunzviller's Spirit of the Woods taxidermy store and museum. How can one NOT love this place:
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We drove ALL the way to Petoskey and did not stop until we reached Cindy's northern craft store. Where they have yarn that my sister has never seen before😱 And where we made her buy her own birthday present. And where we spent an eternity waiting for her to pet all the skeins in the store - sigh😉
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On the way back we took a detour to a lavender farm. We saw the sign on the side of the road and it was amazing:
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They had a shop selling everything imaginable with lavender such as lavender soda/dog shampoo/mosquito repellant/tea/honey etc etc. I am not too fond of lavender aroma - especially not in my food, but I did give in and had Luca cut a bundle for soap making:
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On the way back the clouds started to look dark and a rather big thunder storm came out way during dinner. The poor dog was terrified and we got to spend quite some time in the car waiting for the storm to pass:
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Luckily our tents made it through without leaking, but I have had enough of thunder storms for a while!

onsdag den 9. august 2017

Cirkus Frikke camping edition

We have gone north (or actually north-west) to one of our favorite camp sites here in Michigan: Interlochen state park. It is close to Traverse City, sleeping bear dunes, and Lake Michigan.
Our first day was spent in Traverse City visiting the giant Cherry Republic store (warning: cherry puns galore)
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We also found an awesome candle store:
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And had lunch at the brewery:
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Before heading up to a scenic winery on the peninsula. Cherries and grapes and lake views in all directions.
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Yesterday we went to Glen Arbor (more cherry republic and more wine tasting)
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And after that we had the greatest surprise of all! We went swimming in Lake Michigan and gave it just one more try persuading the dog to get in as well. And he did😱 Without looking like we tried to kill him!
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He was exhausted after being so brave and spent the evening in a coma.......
We also managed to visit the dune climb:
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Before putting this young lady behind the wheel to go grocery shopping for the night!
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