After our week rental at the beach expired we piled all our goods into the van, stuffed in the six of us with Lucy at our feet, strapped on the bikes and drove north. After extreme play at the beach the boys were content to lean back, plug up with the ipods or handheld video games and do nothing. It worked out that Don and Carol’s family was returning to their home in Youngstown Ohio that they are trying to sell, so we stayed there with them for the night. All of the kids were relieved the sad goodbyes could be delayed one more day. They played hide and seek in their big old house while the adults collapsed.
The next day around dinner time we rolled up the driveway at my mom and Pete’s house on Lake Leelanau. My brother and his family were already there, which made the welcome for our boys perfect. They are simply cousin crazy. They shifted from one set with eleven cousins to mine with three. It’s much calmer here this week, I am sure you can imagine.
My mother bought this property when I was in college and it only had a trailor on it. It is a perfect location on a lake that is enormous and crystal clear. At some point they built a house on it and it’s been everyone’s favorite summer spot ever since. There’s so much to do here. I’ll take great pleasure the next few days sharing the way to summer at the lake in northern Michigan. It is one of the nation’s best kept secrets.
What I will share for tonight is the most perfect summer weather that can ever be found is right here. The temperatures haven’t risen above eighty, there’s no humidity and a constant breeze blows off the lake all day long. The light in the sky spreads out before five in the morning and it is just beginning twilight after ten pm. The days are long enough to layer two days worth of activity outdoors into one day.
Let’s consider for a moment what I have left behind. We have been sequestered in Houston to indoor activity for over a month now because of the hot sticky heat that pulls the plug on our energy until we go crawling indoors. We were definitely experiencing symptoms of cabin fever before we embarked on this long journey. Of course we want to spend time with family, but there’s no accident that we are here for two weeks where the weather is ideal knowing we can escape weather that is anything if not just plain horrible. Every year I return here I fall more in love with the area. I will go into great detail to show you why over the next few days.