Header image courtesy of Jill Sawatzki: Huge crowds arrived on Mackinac for the 4th of July. This pic is from the annual Stone Skipping Tournament at Windermere Pointe Beach, next to Hotel Iroquois.
Hopefully, a week from today we will be loading our baggage on a Shepler ferry and crossing the Straits of Mackinac to our favorite island! It’s still up in the air whether we’re leaving on Monday or Tuesday – everything depends on how much we get done today. Ted is already fussing about the number of bags I need (because he has to somehow work out the logistics of loading them into the back of the truck), but I’m sure he will get it all packed in – just like he does every year!
The rest of the week was spent tying up all those loose ends you have to take care of if you’re leaving home for a few months. Too quickly it was time for Blake to fly back to Colorado.
Bodie and Maddie already know something is up. As soon as we started pulling out suitcases they went on high alert. This will be an interesting adventure with Bodie, as we have no idea how he’ll be on a long trip. Bear NEVER enjoyed traveling and would stand between the two front seats the entire 1200 miles. We’re praying Bodie will be a less anxious traveler.
We were worried about having to help Bodie into the truck until yesterday. He jumps easily into my SUV, but the seats of Ted’s truck are much higher, and he refused to jump in. Until . . . . . I used cheese as a lure. Bam! He was in that truck so fast he was a blur. Good boy, Bodie!
We have a full week ahead. We’re stopping on Wednesday to meet Ted’s sisters, Deb and Sher, in Hudsonville, MI. After that we’ll be on our way to Spring Lake, MI and four nights with cousins Dave and Di. On Saturday there’s a family reunion at cousins Marv and Ruthie’s place in Marne, MI. It’s going to be quite a wonderful week, filled with new family we’ve been so blessed to have found.
Then on Sunday morning, July 16, we’ll be leaving for Mackinac . . . . .
As soon as we’re on the island and I get everything up and running, I’ll report in on the blog. Until then, you can always follow us on Facebook. I’m sure I’ll be doing lots of posting as we make our way to Mackinac!
Please offer up a safe travel pray for our journey, and I’ll talk to y’all soon!