Trip to Michigan in the Summertime


Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (1)


Deciding to go to Michigan this Summer was a complete spur of the moment decision and I am so glad I made it! Less than two weeks before the trip, my friend Brooke asked me if I would want to go with her and her parents to Michigan!

The trip was mainly to visit family and explore her hometown. She also was needing help traveling with her at-the-time two and a half-month-old son, Clayton James, who also happens to be my godson! And I am always up for spending time with my godson and traveling! It was the perfect excuse for a getaway!

We had talked about visiting Michigan so many times and this time it finally happened. The decision to go was made within minutes! A couple hours later I booked my flight and 10 days later we were on our way!

Here are some of the highlight of our week in Michigan!


My camera was packed away while we were traveling so the first handful of photos are iPhone photos.
 First stop, Tim Hortons, of course!
Then some of our favorite things… Thrifting, Sushi & more coffee!!I was introduced to Bob Evens, or how they call it, “Bob Heavens”! Life changed. Now the real photos begin! 🙂Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (5) The first few days were spent in the countryside. Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (6)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (3)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (4)Gorgeous sunsets. Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (2)


Frankenmuth, Michigan


Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (7) Brooke knows how obsessed I am with Christmas so she made it a point to get us to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland!! They are known as the world’s largest Christmas store! It was HUGE!!Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (11)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (8) This is just 1/100th of the store!! Notice the sign that says “Section 10a”!Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (9)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (10) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (12)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (13) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (14) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (15)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (16) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (17) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (18)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (19) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (20) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (21)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (22) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (24)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (28)The cutest little town!Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (30)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (29)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (43)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (45)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (42)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (32)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (33)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (39)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (44)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (40)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (25)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (34) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (26) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (31)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (27)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (35) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (36)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (37) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (38) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (41) Then we packed up and went over to Brooke’s brother and sister-in-law’s home!

C.J. had many emotions about it! 😉 This kid cracks me up! Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (46) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (48)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (47)


Lake Michigan AKA “The Beach”


Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (64)Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (63)It was quite a hike to get to this “beach”! Over 400 steps (just one way) to be exact. Something this Florida girl isn’t used to! But it was so worth it!Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (49)Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (50) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (52)So so beautiful! Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (51)Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (53) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (54)Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (55)Brooke took my camera from me and captured me eating my favorite—Watermelon!! Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (56) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (57)Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (58) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (59) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (60)Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (61) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (62) After lunch and portraits, we packed up and prepared to make the hike back while we all still had energy!Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (65) Stopping for more portraits along the way! Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (66)That light!! Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (67) Brooke’s sister and her hubby!Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (68) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (69)We ended the day with a campfire and music.Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (70)


The Upper Penisula


Portraits in Michigan (71) We began the day with a lovely family breakfast. Portraits in Michigan (72)Then Brooke spotted this gazebo a block away so naturally more family portraits were in order!
Portraits in Michigan (73)How cute are Brooke’s parents!?
Portraits in Michigan (74) Then a Wagner family portrait!Portraits in Michigan (78)Then it was my turn! Thanks for these Vicky!
Portraits in Michigan (76)Portraits in Michigan (77) Portraits in Michigan (79)Then we hit the road again traveling north towards the Upper Penisula! Portraits in Michigan (80) Portraits in Michigan (81)Right before crossing the Mackinac Bridge we stopped to see the downtown area and a view of the bridge!
Portraits in Michigan (82)Portraits in Michigan (83) We just started walking and found this amazing view! Portraits in Michigan (84) Portraits in Michigan (85)Portraits in Michigan (86) How amazing is that light!?Portraits in Michigan (87) Portraits in Michigan (88)Portraits in Michigan (89) Portraits in Michigan (90)Mackinac Bridge in Michigan Mackinac, Michigan Mackinac Bridge in MichiganMackinac Bridge in Michigan Portraits in Michigan (95) Portraits in Michigan (96)My favorite photo of C.J. and I! Portraits in Mackinac Bridge in Michigan Portraits in Michigan (98) Mackinac Bridge in MichiganPortraits in front of the Mackinac Bridge in MichiganPortraits in front of the Mackinac Bridge in MichiganPortraits in front of the Mackinac Bridge in MichiganMackinac Bridge in MichiganPortraits in front of the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan Then we found a lighthouse!Portraits in front of the Mackinac Bridge in MichiganPortraits in Michigan (101) Portraits in Michigan (102)Portraits in front of the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan Portraits in front of the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan Portraits in front of the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan Lighthouse in front of the Mackinac Bridge in MichiganThen we crossed the Mackinac Bridge and headed to Brooke’s childhood home in Sault Ste. Marie! The Mackinac Bridge in Michigan Mackinac Bridge in MichiganSault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography (115) Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography (116) First stop, Brooke’s childhood home! Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography (117)Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography (118) Then their favorite spot to grab a bacon cheeseburger and onion rings! West Pier Drive-In in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan (119) West Pier Drive-In Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography (120)After hearing so much about this place I was pretty excited to try it! West Pier in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography (122) Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography (123)Brooke was over the moon! 🙂West Pier Drive-in in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography (124) West Pier Drive-in in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography West Pier Drive-in in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan West Pier Drive-in in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Photography (121)Then we head to a friends cabin where we would be staying for the next few nights! Sault Ste Marie, Michigan


Day 2 in Upper Peninsula


Childhood home portraits in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan The next day we stopped by Brooke’s old home again!Childhood home portraits in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Childhood home portraits in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan In her childhood bedroom with her little one! Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Then we have a yummy lunch at a local favorite–Penny’s KitchenPenny's Kitchen in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Penny's Kitchen in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Penny's Kitchen in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Brooke sitting in her favorite chair! The same chair she would sit in as a little girl most days after school.
Penny's Kitchen in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan After lunch, we explored Sault Ste. Marie! Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Pink Peonies in Sault Ste Marie, MichiganTrees and flowers in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Pink Peonies in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan I was in love with all the flowers EVERYWHERE!!Pink Peonies in Sault Ste Marie, MichiganPink Peonies in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Pink Peonies in Sault Ste Marie, MichiganThen we drove back to the cabin as the sun was setting! Sunset in Sault Ste Marie, MichiganSault Ste Marie, Michigan Sunset Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Sunset


Marsha’s Cabin


Dreamy Wood Cabin in Michigan


The Wagner’s friend, Marsha, so graciously opened up her lovely cabin for us to stay a few days. After a few wonderful nights at Marsha’s cabin, she sent us off with a warm delicious homemade breakfast! She made homemade blueberry pancakes with wild blueberries, fresh homemade jam, real maple syrup, sausage and homemade berry-bread!! IT WAS SO GOOD!! Basically, a breakfast fit for a king!

After breakfast, I explored the land surrounding the cabin and we captured a few portraits! It was a beautiful start to our amazing day!


Breakfast in a Wood Cabin in MichiganBreakfast in a Wood Cabin in Michigan Breakfast in a Wood Cabin in Michigan YUM!!Breakfast in a Wood Cabin in MichiganBreakfast in a Wood Cabin in Michigan The cabin was built on the family’s pine tree farm! There were pine trees as far as the eye can see in perfectly lined rows! Pine trees around a Wood Cabin in MichiganPine trees around a Wood Cabin in Michigan Pine trees around a Wood Cabin in MichiganThat morning light was perfect!!Dreamy Wood Cabin in MichiganDreamy Wood Cabin in Michigan Pine trees around a Wood Cabin in MichiganWood Cabin in Michigan Dreamy Wood Cabin in MichiganI loved all the details of this gorgeous log cabin!Dreamy Wood Cabin in Michigan Portraits outside a Wood Cabin in Michigan Michigan FlowerThat’s a bumblebee on that flower!! Bumblebee on a Michigan Flower Bumblebee on a Michigan Flower Pine trees around a Wood Cabin in MichiganSuch an amazing cabin! Dreamy Wood Cabin in Michigan Dreamy Wood Cabin in Michigan Then I captured a few portraits of the Wagner’s with Marsha! Portraits outside a Wood Cabin in Michigan Portraits outside a Wood Cabin in Michigan Portraits outside a Wood Cabin in MichiganPortraits outside a Wood Cabin in Michigan


Mackinac Island


Mackinac Island Photography in the Summertime


After leaving Marsha’s cabin, we headed south toward MACKINAC ISLAND!! Visiting Mackinac Island was a dream come true! This was my favorite part of the whole trip! The perfect ending to our amazing trip!


Brooke grabbed my camera and took a cool shot of her shoes!  Mackinac Island Photography in the Summertime Star Line ferry took us to Mackinac Island!
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Peony flowers on Mackinac Island, MichiganPeony flowers on Mackinac Island, Michigan Sainte Anne Church in Mackinac Island, Michigan Sainte Anne Church in Mackinac Island, Michigan This purple flower was HUGE!Large round purple flowers on Mackinac Island, Michigan Large purple flowers on Mackinac Island, Michigan The INN on Mackinac Island, MichiganWhite flowers on Mackinac Island, Michigan Ladybug.Peony buds on Mackinac Island, Michigan Peony flowers on Mackinac Island, Michigan Houses in Mackinac Island, Michigan Mackinac Island Marina in the Summertime Horses in Mackinac Island, Michigan Then we had a delicious lunch at the Pink Pony!Pink Pony on Mackinac Island, MichiganPink Pony on Mackinac Island, MichiganMackinac Island, Michigan C.J. just looking so cute on a park bench!Mackinac Island, Michigan Horses in Mackinac Island, Michigan Then it was time for Murdick’s fudge! Mackinac Island is known for their fudge and boy, was it yummy! Murdick's Fudge in Mackinac Island, Michigan Murdick's Fudge in Mackinac Island, MichiganMurdick's Fudge in Mackinac Island, Michigan Murdick's Fudge in Mackinac Island, Michigan Mackinac Island PortraitsHorses in Mackinac Island, Michigan Waterfront in Mackinac Island, Michigan Mackinac Island, Michigan LighthouseWaterfront in Mackinac Island, Michigan Mackinac Island, Michigan Lighthouse Mackinac Island, Michigan LighthouseWaterfront in Mackinac Island, Michigan Waterfront in Mackinac Island, Michigan Star Line Ferry to Mackinac Island Mackinac Island Portraits Waterfront in Mackinac Island, Michigan Waterfront in Mackinac Island, Michigan Lavendar on Mackinac Island, MichiganWaterfront in Mackinac Island, Michigan Waterfront in Mackinac Island, Michigan Waterfront in Mackinac Island, MichiganDog at the waterfront in Mackinac Island, Michigan Waterfront in Mackinac Island, Michigan Waterfront in Mackinac Island, MichiganWaterfront in Mackinac Island, Michigan After soaking in the views, we headed to the Grand Hotel!Houses in Mackinac Island, MichiganLight pink Peony flowers on Mackinac Island, Michigan Peony flowers on Mackinac Island, MichiganThen we finally made it to the Grand HotelThe Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan The Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan Mackinac Island Portraits at The Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, MichiganMackinac Island Photos at The Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan Mackinac Island Photos at The Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan Mackinac Island Portraits at The Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, MichiganMackinac Island Portraits at The Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan Mackinac Island Portraits at The Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan Mackinac Island PortraitsWe were running late but we just had to take a few more photos in the phone booth! Mackinac Island Photos Mackinac Island Photos Mackinac Island PhotosHorses in Mackinac Island, Michigan Mackinac Island Photos Mackinac Island Photos Waterfront in Mackinac Island, Michigan Waterfront in Mackinac Island, MichiganHouse in Mackinac Island, Michigan Mackinac Island Photos Houses in Mackinac Island, MichiganMackinac Island, MichiganWe made it just in time for the last ferry off the island! Star Line Ferry to Mackinac Island Star Line Ferry to Mackinac IslandMackinac Island, Michigan skyline Mackinac Island, Michigan skyline Mackinac Island, Michigan LighthouseWe got some amazing closeup views of the Mackinac Bridge! The Mackinac Island Bridge in Mackinac Island, Michigan The Mackinac Island Bridge in Mackinac Island, Michigan The Mackinac Island Bridge in Mackinac Island, MichiganThe Mackinac Island Bridge in Mackinac Island, Michigan The Mackinac Island Bridge in Mackinac Island, Michigan The Mackinac Island Bridge in Mackinac Island, MichiganAmerican flag in Mackinac Island, Michigan Mackinac Island, Michigan Lighthouse Mackinac Island, Michigan LighthouseThe next day we headed home and our wonderful trip came to an end. Thank you, Jim, Vicky & Brooke for introducing me to Michigan! I love Michigan! But don’t tell my Ohioan In-laws! 😉

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