May 23, 2016

I'm alive!

Yes I'm still alive. I took a few days to enjoy just being home. It took me 8 loads of laundry to catch up haha. Then I finally picked my needle up again. It felt great.
I was able to get May finished from the Year of Whimsy leaflet. I was worried I wasn't going to get to this one but now she's done and still in May.

Saturday we got our tomato garden planted. We also got some other pretty flowers planted. Of course now my hurt hurts from all the bending and exercising muscles evidently I don't have haha. I'm still busy busy. I have a lot to do before Thursday. Then I leave and go with a friend to a concert. Friday afternoon hubby is coming up and we'll camp with our friends for the holiday weekend. Can't wait but have a lot to do first. So there's my quick update. I know I missed WIPocalypse and Gifted Gorgeousness. I'll have to jump back in next month hopefully. I'm also a million behind on blog reading. Just haven't been spending time on the computer lately. At least I got one blog update in. Now I'm off I'm off.

May 13, 2016

Vacation Day # 16

Today we went out to the island...
 
We had a great time shopping in all the little shops. Jeremiah bought a bag full of books at a book store. We founds lots of things we just couldn't live without. Since today is my birthday everyone kept telling me I had to have cake but I did better...
Mom got me chocolate covered cherries and chocolate caramels. YUMMY!!! I also got some other fun souvenirs and some t-shirts. We had a great day. It's supposed to get really cold now so we decided to head home tomorrow. So we have a 5 hr travel day and we'll be home. Fred (hubby) and Izzy (our dog) will be very glad for us to be home finally!! Thank you to everyone who traveled a long with us. I really had fun reading all the comments. I appreciate each one. Now I can get home and do all the chores that I haven't been doing but also I can finally pick up my stitching needles again. I've missed it.

May 12, 2016

Vacation Day # 15

Today was a rainy day but it didn't stop us from having fun. We had planned a shopping day today here around our hotel since we heard about the rain. We got some souvenirs and even an early Christmas present. The rain didn't bother us much at all. We had a delicious meal at a restaurant we hadn't tried before. We had fun watching the fog build up and totally hide the bridge from our site and then we were amazed by the bridge slowly poking it's way through the fog again.
 
 
Also guess what my mom found today at one of the lighthouse stores...
A kit for the lighthouse right here by our hotel in Mackinac. Tomorrow we are going out to the island here. The weather is supposed to be chilly but no rain.

May 11, 2016

Vacation Day # 14

Guess what we found today? 2 more lighthouses!

Yep 22 lighthouses now!! It was a long travel day but we made it without any problems. It's just a long travel day when there is NOTHING for hundreds of miles. We crossed back over the Mackinac Bridge...
And now we are going to do some sight seeing here since things are open now.

May 10, 2016

Vacation Day # 13


Our 20th lighthouse for this trip! This is our last night here. We will hopefully get one last lighthouse tomorrow on the way out of town. We've sure had a great time here and so far. On the way home we are going to stop back at Mackinaw. Where we stopped for night 1. A lot of stuff wasn't open yet and we are hoping that by now we will have better luck. So tomorrow is another 5 hr travel day.

May 9, 2016

Vacation Day # 12

We found 5 new lighthouses today!!!

So now we have seen 19!! We also spotted several deer and this cute guy...
A porcupine. He didn't really appreciate me taking photos of him and quickly got into the woods.

May 8, 2016

Vacation Day # 11

We went up to Copper Harbor area today. We found 3 new lighthouses!!
This one was bought by a family and is now a private home.
We also found this beautiful waterfall...
 On the way back to our hotel I found this amazing snow ruler...
That's a crazy amount of snow!!!! The arrow for this winter was pretty darn close. So our lighthouse count is now up to 14 for this trip.

May 7, 2016

Vacation Day # 10

We were done with everything we wanted to do in Duluth. So this morning we loaded up and headed out. We did have one last thing we had to do real quick. We grabbed a picture with this Floating Copper. It's a Geocache and we like to get one if we travel to a new state. Now we have Minnesota colored in on our map of finds. Now we are back in Upper Peninsula Michigan...
We are in Houghton right in the middle of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Do you wonder why we decided to come here...
We are surrounded by more lighthouses to hunt down! So tomorrow we start our new hunts.

May 6, 2016

Vacation Day # 9

It's our last day in Duluth, MN. We heard on the news it was going to be their hottest day. It's normally in the 60's and today it hit 94!!! It was hotter here today than Mexico they said!! They broke several records they said.

We also heard on the news this morning they were talking about this scenic train tour that started up today. So we decided to look into it. We found the depot and got our tickets. We could tour the depot too so we decided to do that even though it's not really an interest of ours. We had time to kill. We all ended up having a blast!! Jeremiah knew a lot of old trains from an Xbox game he plays. So he had a really fun time looking at the old trains and telling us about how it works in the game he plays. A lot of times the history we learned about them matched what he was teaching us. I always laugh and how people say video games are bad for kids. Maybe they aren't really all that bad. It was really surprising how much we all ended up enjoying the depot and the history we learned about it. Here is the train we rode on...
They had this neat elevator that got Jeremiah right up to the train car. So neat how they can make even something this old accessible for him. We really enjoyed the 1 and a half hour tour. Here is a picture we got inside the depot...
Jeremiah climbed up about 15 steps to be able to sit inside this train engine. It was so worth it. Sure nothing he's ever done before. So many valves and buttons and what nots. Crazy. After the train tour we went to eat and then went to an arcade for a little bit...
We ended up winning 450 tickets. Then we hurried back to the room. The record breaking heat caused some bad storms. Hey we've been really lucky with the weather so it was understandable. It was really the end of our day anyway. Now tomorrow we are heading to a different area. Back to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. There is another area with several more lighthouses for us to find. Wonder what other fun stuff we'll find to do. We've sure been having a blast so far!!!

May 5, 2016

Vacation Day # 8

Today we saw 3 more lighthouses. Brings our total so far to 11 new ones. We headed up the coast today. Our goal for this vacation was Split Rock Lighthouse. My mom has wanted to see it for probably 10 years she said. On our way up we stopped at a beautiful state park...
Gooseberry Falls State Park. We enjoyed the nature/visitors center and then hiked a little bit to see this beautiful waterfall. I walked a little farther down several flights of steps to see a few more waterfalls. It was so beautiful. Nicest part is for a bit it was just me in the wilderness and it was so breathtaking. Then we finally made it our goal...
Split Rock Lighthouse!! My mom was so excited. It's on top of a cliff and the scenery is just amazing! They also had a history/gift center so we got to go through it too...
They had this Lego Split Rock. We want that Lego kit!! Of course I would hate to know how much it would cost haha. On the way back to our town we stopped and saw two more lighthouses...
Two Harbors Lighthouse and ....
Two Harbors Breakwater. I picked on this last one a bit. It looks like it's missing half it's lighthouse. It's a lighthouse though so it counts. So 11 new ones to our find count now. We're doing great!! We came back to town and are finally resting. Boy we did a lot of walking today. It was fun but I'm tired.

May 4, 2016

Vacation Day # 7

Today we got to take a boat cruise...
I thought it was going to just be just inside the harbor. We got to go through the canal! So we got to go under the aerial lift bridge. Jeremiah enjoyed that a lot. We also got to hear a lot of history about the area and we learned a lot. We went through the harbor area too and got to see several freighters up close including the one we saw come through the canal the other day. One was loading up with coal. It goes to Chicago. It takes the boat 36 hours to get to Chicago from here. Chicago uses the ship load of coal in less than 24 hrs. But shipping it by boat is still cheaper than by train. Amazing.

The place we left on the boat cruise had an amazing gift shop. Mom wanted one of everything because they sold a lot of nautical things. We got several souvenir t-shirts. Then we walked over to another building with a lot of stores inside. It had several stories so we were waiting for the elevator to go up to the 2nd floor. I noticed it wasn't moving very quickly. There was another lady waiting and she said something about it not running well earlier today. So I quickly said Oh...with my fear of elevators already I said I would just wait for mom to get done shopping and then go up the stairs while she waited with Jeremiah. She came down and I turned to go up the stairs and they were open stairs (where you can see through)....yep another fear. So no going up to the 2nd floor for me haha. It was really funny and Jeremiah enjoyed the laugh at me and my luck.

Then we walked over to eat at a cute Mexican restaurant. When we were walking in a guy in a suit smiled at my mom. We ate our food and was getting ready for our check and the waiter said it was already paid for. Um. The guy in the suit paid for our meal. So Jeremiah is now picking on mom for flirting and getting our meal paid for. Who knows why he did it but we sure appreciated it.

After we got back to our hotel we walked out to the lake walk area behind our hotel. From the boat cruise we had seen this wall and heard the history about it. So we wanted to go check it out. Here is the info...
Here is a few panels of the wall...

Amazing!! So glad we knew to walk over to the see it up close.

May 3, 2016

Vacation Day # 6

Well it was another fun vacation day. We went to explore the Great Lakes Aquarium. It wasn't as big as some aquariums we've been to of course but we enjoyed it. Here are two cute otters we found haha...
I tried to get a selfie like my husband does but his arm's are a lot longer than mine.
I got a bunch of pictures through the all aquarium. If we are friends' on FB you will see a lot more. Love these seahorses.
We also got to watch another freighter go back out the canal bridge. We had a delicious lunch at Famous Dave's BBQ. It was unbelievable fantastic. We did some shopping. We also got a boat tour booked for tomorrow so that's exciting. It was yet another wonderful day. It did rain a little bit today but since we were inside the aquarium it was fine with us.

May 2, 2016

Vacation Day # 5

Today we arrived at Duluth, MN. We are staying right on the Lakewalk by the Aerial Lift Bridge.
We found a ton of restaurants and shopping right within walking distance from our hotel even. Also we found not one but 3 lighthouses down by the bridge...
 
 
We hit the jackpot to see 3 within sight of each other. We also found another fun maritime museum and enjoyed looking around in there. We got checked into our hotel and had a delicious lunch. This evening we got to watch a freighter go through the canal...
So amazing! 1,000 ft American Integrity pushing just feet away from us. We have a lot to do in the area and we are really looking forward to it. We will start exploring more tomorrow.

May 1, 2016

Vacation Day # 4

Today is my mom's birthday. We decided to explore Ashland, WI today. I treated mom to our hotel free breakfast to start her birthday celebration haha. After breakfast we drove around town. They have this amazing Mural Walk. Instead of walking since it's so cold we drove. They were so amazingly detailed.
We found this awesome visitors center. It was better than some museums we have paid to go into. We were there for more than an hour. The exhibits were wonderful and we learned a lot. Jeremiah really enjoyed himself. On the way back into town we spotted two kite boarders...
My mom just loves watching these guys when we are in OBX. I tried to convince her I had hired them to perform for her birthday present but I don't think she believed me haha. It was like 40 degrees out so you can't tell me it wasn't freezing to be out in that water!! We had a really great time watching them. They would pull themselves way up into the air a few times. No way I would be able to do that.

We also found another lighthouse...
This is Ashland Breakwater Lighthouse. There was a plaque about a shipwreck beside it we learned about too. So sad to think how many wrecks are in these Great Lakes. We ate a delicious meal and now we are back at our hotel. We've sure had a fantastic day. Tomorrow we are heading over to Duluth, MN.