spending time in the U.P.

Mr and I went north last month where Mr helped our son build his sauna.  I kept the guys fed and Sadie and I would walk which was exercise for both of us.




The weather was nice and cool, perfect late spring/early summer days.  A couple days we would spy a pair of loons swimming in the lake.  The blueberries were just starting to get berries on them. Michigan blueberries...yum!  The shoreline was just so beautiful and peaceful, I totally see why people go there. 

elkhorn hot springs~august 2015

On our way west to our daughters wedding, we stopped at a 100 year old lodge that had a natural hot spring.  What drew Mr. to this was that it had a wet sauna.  We actually went off the beaten path to get to this place.   

Hot springs

It definitely was not the Ritz.  If you wanted rustic, you got rustic.  Picking out the cabin to sleep in for the night I wanted to sleep in The Badger, I figured that had to be a good one seeing that we are from the Badger state.

The badger



The view

The creek


Not sure if I showed you the yarn I had found earlier in the day on our way here.  I found it in a yarn shop called Daily Yarn in Dillon Montana.  How cool is that!  Of course I had to buy something from a shop called Daily Yarn. 

So while Mr. went fly fishing I sat on the front porch of the cabin and knitted.

Mountain colors

I have to relate a funny that happened.  We had food in the back of our truck and asked the worker there if there were bears and if we had to bring our food into the cabin or lock them in the cab of the truck.  No, he said. they only have red fox no bears.  Okay so we're good.  Well at 1:00 a.m. the trucks alarm went off.  We both pretty much jumped out of our deep sleep.  Mr. went out to check things and nothing, not sure why the alarm went off.  So, after things were checked out and all was good we settled down to try and go back to sleep.  I then got the giggles.  Mind you I am short and my feet were hanging off the bottom of the bed as well as Mr.'s, we were both sliding off the bed.  The floor in the cabin had a slant to it, if you put a marble in one corner of the cabin it would roll to the opposite corner. We sure had a good laugh.

Would we go back?  Absolutely.




Going back to posting photos of our trip to our daughters wedding back in 2015.  We were driving somewhere out in Montana and came upon what looked like a home that had been dug into the side of a hill.  Though we were pressed for time it would have been neat to stop and get out for a closer look.

last days

Taking a photo of Mr taking a photo of a crab moving in the shallow water.  I'm sorry to say that I did jinx the Packers by buying Packer colored yarn...sorry Packer fans. Our life here down on the island is coming to an end and we'll be heading back to the cold snowy weather, awe poor us you're thinking right (LOL).  We really enjoyed ourselves down here, especially getting to see the kids and grandkids, and I will miss them immensely. 


I wish we had time to have been able to stop and have lunch at this cute cafe, it was open for business too.


Looking down the main street that goes through this small town there is not a car in sight.  


What was, no longer is, as with this old gas station.


On my bucket list of things to do, is to drive through the country and see places like this.  Not just to pass by and snap a photo but to stop and take photos and to actually talk to the people and listen to their stories, and when it's time to say goodbye hand them a bottle of our maple syrup and head on down the road to the next town in Americana USA. 

having fun

Mr and I took a short vacation and headed to Nashville to meet up with some of our kids.  We decided to a bit of sightseeing along the way.  We headed south through Indiana.  We had never been to Terre Haute and thought we'd check it out.

Terre haute

We stayed in Bloomington Indiana the home of the Indiana Hoosiers.


After a night in Indiana, we met some of the kids for lunch.

We visited the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory where we got to see how baseball bats are made.

Ernie banks

After our little stop headed down to see the Shaker Village, where we stayed the night and toured the village.

Shaker quarters

After a wonderful dinner we sat and listened to the live music out on the lawn.


Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of everyone :(


It's been such a busy summer and it's not stopping.

trip west 2014~lava rocks

It's about time I got to posting more photos of our trips.  I am so far behind it isn't even funny.  Here are some lava beds that we found on our way to the Boise Idaho area on our trip west in 2014.  I tried looking online for some more info on this but couldn't find any website that might have talked more about it.  So all I have is the panel here and apparently there were two but for some reason I only took a photo of one :(






In the photo below you can read a bit about the lava rock formation.


Seeing these photos really gets me itching to head west again.

great smoky mountains

On our way to Texas we stayed a night in Gatlinburg Tn.  It was the first time I had ever been there.


Leaving Gatlinburg we drove through the Great Smoky Mountains and had to stop and wait until the road we were going to take opened up.  Not sure what happened only that there was a storm and maybe a tree fell across the road. 

Anyway, we took a hike through the Sugarlands Area on the hiking tails.  We spied a couple of things along the way.

Log bridge


Most of the folks waiting for the road to open up were walking the trails, but no one seemed to walk out to the cabin in the woods, John Ownby's cabin.



We then walked out to Cataract Falls.


I definitely would like to go back and see more of the Great Smoky Mountains.