Upper and Downer Michigan

None of this full-time traveling stuff actually felt real until we were finally headed out of the state, and parking our house in a Wal-Mart parking lot while we shopped for groceries.

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It’s really the most convenient way to grocery shop.

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Our first stop was Wells State Park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  I’ve been to Michigan a few times, but only stayed in the Detroit area. As you can imagine, I had no idea about what beauty Michigan was hiding in the UP. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the parks in the UP, and Wells State Park did not disappoint.

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We only stayed two nights and one full day. We spent the day hiking and exploring treasures along Green Bay. It’s the sort of stuff I wish for every day.

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We don’t let the girls take things from parks. 1. If every person who visited a park took home a piece of that park as a souvenir then there wouldn’t be much left for any of us to enjoy.  2. We don’t have room for it, we live in a 248 square foot house.  Instead I offer to take pictures of whatever they like. They spent about an hour collecting and setting up these shots.  Driftwood, feathers, snails, caterpillars, skeletal remains of various little creatures, it was pretty epic.

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I feel like there’s an album cover here.

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Apparently this is how you enjoy breakfast when your sister won’t get out of your spot.

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Can’t leave the UP without a few Pasties.

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After our visit to Upper Michigan we headed to visit family in Downer Michigan, as Cora kept referring to it, not at all jokingly. We spent a few days with another brother and sister-in-law and more of the girls’ cousins. One of the highlights for sure was an animal presentation at their library.  As you can see my children are clearly terrified of snakes, thank goodness I don’t have to worry about them getting too close to any in the wild.  We even made the local paper.

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We also joined them for a couple days of their Vacation Bible School. It was only supposed to be one, and then we were going to leave the next day. The girls had so much fun they begged us to stay one more night, and so we did. Flexibility is one of my favorite perks of this lifestyle.

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