Earlier this month, Erich and I went with his entire immediate (and growing!) family on a vacation to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I had never been there. Well, that's not true: my parents keep saying things like, "Oh, you've been there!" but at the time I was less than two years of age. Doesn't count! So I got to experience everything anew, and I really enjoyed what I saw.
The first day of our trip was a Monday, and a rather cool and blustery one at that. Since many of us had gotten in late the night before, we took it easy. In fact, we took it so easy, I forgot to bring my camera along, so all my pictures from this day are actually from my phone.
Except for this one, from my MIL's camera:
There we all are (clockwise from lower left: Me, Erich, Andrew, Megan, Emily, Paul, Lexi, FIL, and Michael [and Mom's taking the picture]), eating real UP pasties from the local supermarket for lunch. We had pasties several times that week, including from "as seen on the Travel Channel" pasty joints, but these from the supermarket were by far the best. And obviously, we could use the nice hearty meal on a day like this. Look how bundled up we are! And this was JULY!
After our picnic lunch, we walked over to the local lighthouse in Manistique.
I marveled at how clear the water was! Little did I know this was nothing compared to what I would see later in the week.
Before heading back to the house, I froze my toes on the beach for a while, still very much impressed at the aqual clarity.