Traveling (part 12)

Today we left Boyne and drove to Sterling Heights. It was only three and a half hours and I played Angry Birds Star Wars for the whole ride (nerd!). It is unbelievably hot in Sterling Heights. It is currently 95 degrees, but when we arrived it was 100. Good thing my grandma’s house has great air conditioning! There is no wifi, and I can’t set up a hot spot, (I’m using the 3G on the iPad right now), so I won’t be online as much as I would be. You can’t do much in the heat, so it’s kind of like cabin fever without the snow. Sorry for such the boring update! Tomorrow I’m visiting the Apple Store to look at some phone contracts. I’m hoping to finally get an iPhone, but I’m not sure yet! Wish me luck!
I am going to the store to get some food and other things. I may be uploading a review later, but it depends! Make sure your air conditioning doesn’t break in this heat!

Traveling (part 9)

Today we drove to Boyne! It was a short car ride, only about an hour, and we arrived at this awesome ski-resort. Our room wasn’t ready yet, so we decided to drive down and check out the lake which was also part of the resort. It was great! They had complimentary kayaks, tubes, and the water was super warm! Tomorrow we are hopefully going to reserve a spot to go stand-up paddling. Once again, I tried out their kayaks and kayaked around the lake. We ate dinner at their restaurant (right on the lake too!) and the food was superb. They had the best fries!;)
Once we checked in, we discovered that they had an outdoor AND indoor pool – connected! Let me try and explain (it’s a bit confusing.) Basically, there is an indoor pool and that pool also has a clear curtain-type thing that you can swim under to be in the same pool but outside. Did that make sense? I know a picture would help, but there’s always sooo many people and that’s super awkward. After we dried off, we went to toast some marshmallows and s’mores. There’s so much to do! Zip lining, fitness room, seg-ways, fishing, tubing, etc.! After our treat, we decided to go on the ski lift! We got our tickets and climbed on. The view was amazing! I was a bit nervous though – it was the first time I had ever been on a ski lift! P.S. I’ve never been in the snow either! I guess that’s what I get for being a California-girl!;)
Here is a few photos of the ski lift below 🙂

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Traveling (part 8)

Hey guys! This is going to be a mixed update of yesterday and today.
Yesterday I visited the Sleeping Bear Dunes! This is a popular tourist attraction that has been mentioned by Good Morning America, Sunset Magazine, and more! It was a long, hot hike up the dunes but it was worth it in the end. It has quite the amazing view too! After coming back down, we took a scenic drive and found a picnic table to eat lunch. We continued our drive, stopping at outlooks and admiring the green trees.

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Today I had a very active and fun day! Right after breakfast, we drove down to River Side Canoe Trips to go kayaking! It was so beautiful. The ride was about two hours and boy – it was a work out! The lake was beautiful and it was super fun. We might do another kayaking trip when we travel to Boyne tomorrow! There was also a huge snapper turtle that was harassing some of the tubers! After arriving at the end of the lake, we ate lunch at a park to satisfy our stomachs. We drove home and then I decided to take a swim in the hotel pool. I decided to check out Grand Traverse Bay which is right next to our hotel and the water was super warm! I’ve never seen anything like it! It was shallow and warm and so much fun.
I definitely would want to kayak again very soon! Here are some photos below!

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Traveling (part 7)

Hey guys! Sorry I didn’t update yesterday – I was really tired and I forgot 😦 . This will be a quick update of yesterday with some photos and then I will upload an update of today later tonight.
We visited the city yesterday and looked around at the boutiques and shops. I found this dessert store that sold tons of fudge and had the best-looking treats I had ever seen! After walking around a bit, we decided to check out the Lego museum because my little brother was very bored. The museum also had some information and artifacts about trains, cherries, and Indians which was interesting. The Lego part of the museum was cool! They had many different buildings made out of Legos – Statue of Liberty, White House, Mackinaw Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, etc. It was very impressive!
After, we went back to the hotel and chilled for a bit then took a car ride to see Traverse City. While driving back, we decided to stop by a dock and look at Torch Lake.
Later in the evening, there was a BEAUTIFUL sunset! The sun was pink and literally a fireball and it was incredible.
Today we are visiting the dunes and doing more fun stuff, so stay tuned!
Here are some photos below!

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Traveling (part 4)

Hey guys! Today was yet again an action-packed day. This morning we went to mass in honor of my grandfather and grabbed some doughnuts after service. Today was super humid and hot! We took some time and went tubing again. We went really fast and my arms are so sore haha! I had a quick lunch and then fished for a few hours. I caught four fish – one small, two medium, one big! The big bass was huge! Puck, the little black dog, was SUPER excited and was shaking. He actually fell into the lake! Oh Puck.
Later I went to the grocery store and after stopped by Starbucks to get a drink from their secret menu. I got the Oreo frap! It was so delicious and tasted just like Oreos. Try it out if you are ever at Starbucks!
Tomorrow I’ll be going on a train to Chicago on a shopping trip. That will be fun to blog about!
Here are some fun pictures below if you are interested!

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Traveling (part 3)

Hey guys! Yet again here is another update with some pictures. I was so tired this morning! Jet-lag definitely has been doing it’s job. After breakfast, we took a ride on the speed boat to go tubing! I went a few times but the gas began to run out so we went back to the house. A few hours later we filled the boat up with gas and did some real tubing! The first time was a little nerve wracking, but after it got super fun! Everyone was screaming and having a blast. We had a delicious lunch once we came back and we’re planning to do it again. Tubing is super fun and if you ever get the chance, definitely try it out because you won’t regret it! This evening we are having a barbecue too.
A little spoiler: on Monday, I am going on a shopping trip to Chicago! I’m going to take lots of pictures of the city and do a separate blog post of a haul.
Here are some pictures below!

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