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When I booked our weekend getaway, I had orginally hoped for a few more nights - but because our lives are always a bit unpredictable and not very plan oriented - by the time I called the most nights I could get in a row in the same unit was three.
I took it. But I also decided that we'd take the lazy way home in order to stretch out our getaway just a little bit more. We headed home by way of Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. This added a couple hours to our drive, but I thought it was worth it. I've never been - at least in my memory. My mom thinks I might have when I was little.
We didn't find it real easy, but that fault is mine. Both of the in house gps units were reserved for the weekend, and being as I'm admittedly the one who has been known to mock the gps - I went without. I confidently printed off my map before I left home and called it good.
But I didn't do enough research. My printed directions led me to the very north side of the National Park - 10 miles north of the dunes. My printed map told me that if I reached a certain road - I had gone too far,. That road was about 1/4 mile past the National Park entrance sign - 9.5 miles north of the Dune Climb.
I had to stop and ask for directions - that done, we found it easily. Without a gps.
The kids left their shoes in the car. I wore mine. They bolted up the first hill.
And then crashed.
I wondered out loud if there was a water view of the other side from the top of the next dune.
The kids went up and said that no, there was not. I said I'd come and look for myself.
They were right. I wondered out loud if we might be able to see the water on the other side from the top of the NEXT dune.
I loved the Bear Went Over the Mountain song when I was little.
Two of the kids dropped at this point. I strolled past them mocking, saying it's a pretty sad day (for them) if their fat old mom can go further than they can.
They trudged on. We DID see the water from the top of that hill.
Our total climb was 1.2 miles up, or the equivalent of 27 flights of stairs.
Wendy took a little bit more time. I kept threatening to tell all her friends that her mom beat her and then reminded her that volleyball tryouts are in a couple weeks and she better get it in gear.
She made it. I won't mock her.
They ran down.
I didn't dare.
- I'll catch up on Petoskey and Mackinac Island posts sometime this week.
- Wendy had her sports physical this morning. Whoever told me that where they went had their kids walking like ducks - it IS an item on the Athletic Physical form that I printed off. Functional: Duck Walk. Our doctor wasn't going to have Wendy do it, but I insisted. We all had a good laugh.
- Picked up my Melonfest ice cream - looking forward to enjoying it this evening.
- And I've officially been hired to work permanently as a lunch room/recess aide this year - same thing as last year, but without the wondering what days I work as a sub. I'll be there every day. It's a perfect fit for me right now.
- Summer is flying
- And rumor is, the balloons might be flying tonight. Yes!