Friday, July 31, 2009

Eastern Michigan Vacation

We've returned from a great vacation near Huron National Park. In the past we've gone to Colorado for our off-road and camping adventures, but my family graciously decided to head for Michigan to first celebrate Elliot's baptism before driving to the more wild terrain of eastern Michigan.

The family in Lake Huron

On our way to a trail

Ezra fell asleep on an after-supper evening ride
Ezra (green) and cousin Elijah (red) ride their three wheelers The results of Brian's first wreck

A dirty face from riding in the dust Elliot with Grandma Jan


Elliot was baptized last Sunday and we enjoyed having family at our house following for a great Iowa meal: BBQ pork, corn on the cob (from Iowa), and of course, Grandma Ochsner salad. Becky's brothers and dad sang for the service.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan is well known for vineyards, orchards, beautiful aqua lakes and senic drives. We drove 3 hours north of Grand Rapids, Michigan to the Traverse City area last weekend. We never made it to Traverse City, but enjoyed our time at Glen Lake, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and Bar Lake.

Below, a picture of Glen Lake. North Manitou Island in Lake Michigan is in the background. Brian hiked across this island the summer of 2006

The next three pictures are from Sleeping Bear Dunes. Ezra ran, and ran and ran. He especially loved running down the hills. Our friend brought a kite to utilize the wind coming from Lake Michigan over the dunes. Little Glen Lake is in the background.

Ezra really enjoyed the weekend with our friend, Dick L., who invited us to stay with them an evening at their cottage.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Fourth of July Weekend

This weekend we visited the Grand Rapids Farmer's Market. Ezra loves berries, especially raspberries, and as you can see in the picture below, he was very eager to eat them. We also ejoyed a pool party and BBQ with friends, and got our first few smiles from Elliot, who from my baby pictures, is looking more like me