Saturday, October 22, 2011

Brewed Up North

Last week we headed north to visit Josh & Susan and to take a road trip with them to Traverse City! First stop was an apple orchard, complete with freshly made apple cider and donuts. It was raining when we arrived in Traverse City but after a couple hours of sightseeing from the car including a picnic while parked facing the Lake the sun finally broke through, the rain stopped, and we headed back to our picnic spot. I'm happy to report that Josh has inherited his Pop's talent for finding the most scenic picnic locations.

Coop exploring Lake Michigan. The water was much bluer than I expected, more like an ocean than a lake, but of course it is one of the Great Lakes! At an earlier Lake stop in the rain, Cooper got to chase some migrating salmon, a definite highlight for Bobby!

One tired puppy after fetching sticks and rocks in the cold water!

The dock.

Coop & Josh heading down the shore to explore.

Apparently Josh was inspired by all the fun that Cooper was having in the water, so before we left he decided that he needed to 'experience' a Lake Michigan swim in October! One very cold Tier 1 experience!

Cooper determined to find the rock that was thrown into the water. It looks like he is walking in the water, but it's deeper than it appears, he's paddling hard to find that lost rock!

Fetching sticks in the water! A very busy and happy puppy!

And my favorite picture of the day! Stunt Puppy!

The next day started out rainy too but we braved the weather for a very fun day of shopping, coffee drinking, sampling goodies at Cherry Republic, and more shopping. My kind of day!

Our first night's dinner was at North Peak Brewing Company, a fun place near downtown Traverse City! Josh picked up the check in what was one of the sneakiest check picking up maneuvers I've ever seen! Thanks again Josh and Susan it was a lovely birthday dinner! Second night dinner was at the Jolly Pumpkin, another brewery located up the peninsula on a tree studded hill, from the road the restaurant looked like an old sprawling house. Very cool and great pulled pork nachos!

Great trip! Missing my Michiganites!

Camera confessions: thanks to Susan for the pictures since I left my camera in the hotel thinking it was going to rain all day!

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