Great Scott, Great Lakes!

Sunday, April 22, 2012
Well, hello there. We rolled into the cabin after a week on the road yesterday afternoon and are still shrugging off the last bits of road weariness. Let me tell you, it's a long, long ways from the woods to Grand Rapids, MI - about a 15 hour drive each way. Compared with the 2.5 days we spent visiting my brother and his girlfriend in MI, we definitely spent a disproportionate amount of time in the truck. Next time we'll allot more time for the journey.

I didn't do the best job of keeping a photo journal of the trip - we were too busy eating, drinking, and catching up - but brace yourself for a photobomb of the pictures I did take.

Leaving on Monday morning proved more difficult then we anticipated. The night before we had an ice/snow storm, which resulted in many downed trees along the Trail and a nearly two hour drive into town.

The four days, 30+ hours and approximately 1600 miles we spent on the road this past week were dominated by two things: 

Mackinaw Bridge (left and top right)and Blahnik Bridge (bottom right)

Great Lakes:
Lake Michigan (top left and right), Lake Superior (bottom left), and Lake Huron (bottom right)
At long last, we reached the great city of Grand Rapids, MI:
Everything was green and blooming: 
Here's the people I spent the week with:
 While in the lower peninsula, we visited the nature area where my brother worked for the last three summers. It was beautiful! 

We spent a lot of time on the road, but luckily the long miles were punctuated with amusing signs like this one:
Something went very, very wrong with this marketing campaign.
It was a whirlwind of a trip, but it was good to see my brother and I think all that time on the road may have inspired us to start planning for a more leisurely road trip some time not too far away.

Oh, and happy Earth Day! I'll be spending the day celebrating the goodness of Mother Nature by transplanting by transplanting some tomato plants that are ready to burst out of their seed starting tray.



  1. What a trip! Sounds very exhausting but then it surely was nice to get away! Love the pics! Happy Earth Day.

  2. I'm in Grand Rapids, so I'm glad you enjoyed your (whirlwind) visit! Hopefully you were able to enjoy a few of the sights. We're a very cool city ;)

  3. Nice photos! Visiting from 99% Exposure Blog Hop

  4. that is a lot of the country to see- and three great lakes, very impressive! I need a road trip one of these days...

  5. I just got back to my Google Reader from my own time away in April. Catching up on your posts has been a treat this morning. Thanks for sharing your adventures and freelance advice with all of us. :) Keep up the good work!

  6. I think it is the sign of a good vacation when you feel like you haven't taken enough photos! I am still adjusting to the cold coming off one great lake---- can't imagine getting to see 3! very cool!

  7. Fabulous pictures! The water looks amazing! Sorry you had such a long drive but glad the company made it worth it :)

  8. oh, man. i LOVE that billboard!

    for some reason, i really love long road trips but 15 hours is really stretching my patience for a car ride. but what a pretty trip!

  9. I could not stand to be in the car that long! My butt gets numb and my legs get squirrely! I enjoyed your photos :-)


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