My family has a tradition of vacationing on the big Lake Michigan every summer. It is a wonderful time spent with my siblings, nieces and nephews, and my parents. We stay at a cabin owned by the extended family in the UP. The lake is so clear and the fine white sand is unlike any found in MN. This year was one of the coldest trips we had so there wasn't much swimming and beach time was not as enjoyable as in the past. Despite the cold weather we still had a wonderful time just being together.
Here are some of my favorite moments and pictures.
|Paul and me on the beach in front of the cabin|
|Paul and our two youngest taking a walk along the lake|
|The kids in the top of a lighthouse. It was a bit of a climb|
|Simon was the first to reach the top|
for the 2nd year in a row
|Therese was not far behind in 2nd place|
We have a tradition of going to Log Slide which is at Pictured Rocks park up on Lake Superior. Log Slide is a big cliff that goes down into the lake and you can climb down and up it. The kids love this (some of them more than other). Here are their victory pictures as they reached the top.
|Third place went to little Dave|
Then came the tailenders all tied for 4th place
|Paul the coach and motivator|
|My sister Maria|
|Big Dave who I was told climbed the hill about twice going back and forth between everyone climbing the hill|
|And Mary. Later she said she will never do that again.|
|It wasn't that bad, was it Mary?|
As I said we did have some fun time on the beach. The kids are all at an age where playing in the sand is wonderful fun. We were also very excited to find some new sand in front of the cabin where in years past it had just been a bunch of sharp small shells. We sure hope the sand stays.
|Many of the kids had to do some sampling of the sand to see if the taste was acceptable.|
|Attempt at a grand kid picture. Yes we spend the vacation with 11 kids all in one cabin. Crazy but fun.|
|Having fun with the girls hair|
|We went out to the local lighthouse and the kids had fun running from the waves that were crashing up against to rocks.|
|4th of July cake. So good.|
|Luke, my youngest, got help from grandpa to put his feet in Lake Michigan for the first time.|
|one of the many large tadpoles they caught|
|Big Dave and a big smile|
|Mary hold on tight|
|Little Dave and his frog he called pickles.|