Two weekends ago, Charlotte and I drove to Traverse City to visit the Taylors.
We left Rochester after Charlotte's school got out, we jumped in the Mustang and shot up I-75. First stop was Spike's Keg o' Nails in Grayling.
Yes. We sat at the bar.
After dinner, we drove west from Grayling to the Taylor's house in Traverse City.
The next day, the Taylors took us hiking in a lakebed. This was formerly a lake, but Traverse City recently removed the dam. The Boardman River settled back into its old riverbed. Neat place to hike.
Aunt Lisa pointing something out. I'm not sure what she's pointing at . . . because I was busy taking a picture of her while she pointed.
Charlotte heads down to the riverbed.
Mishi (did I spell that right?) had a blast.
We found a cool birch tree with massive mushrooms growing off it.
Charlotte on an observation deck.
Charlotte and Aunt Lisa exploring.
Afterwards, we shopped Front Street a little bit.
Like these glasses?
Aunt Lisa, Charlie, and Ellie.
We found some cool food trucks and watched the Kentucky Derby together, which is a Taylor family tradition.
What is this pose, Charlie? After dinner, we headed over to West Bay and the new breakwater.
Me and Charlie.
Ellie and Charlie. Ellie was so good to Charlie on this trip!
The next morning we woke up to snow. Because . . . Traverse City.
On Sunday morning, we ate at a pancake breakfast at the East Bay Firehouse.
And then we got back on the road . . . we cranked tunes on the iPod (Charlotte developed a taste for Beastie Boys), and we stopped for pizza in Midland - Pizza Sam's. (It was great!)
It was great to spend time with Uncle Dave, Aunt Lisa, and Ellie, and tremendous fun to take a trip with my little Charlotte.