A Northern Michigan Escape

Ahh, pure Michigan.
Well it's no surprise that I went silent again last week. (And before I go further, it will be happening again shortly) Last week J & I escaped to Northern MI for a family (2 families actually) filled week.  J's mom rented a beach house to celebrate her 60th bday. 17 of J's family members made it from all over to celebrate. One house, 13 adults, 4 children, 6 dogs & 3 bathrooms. It was quite the week!

View of town from my parents condo.
 But, before J & I got to that crazy madness, we spent a few days with my family who were vacationing only 2 hours away.  My family has been going up to Charlevoix since I was a kid, but unfortunately, when you move across the country, it's not easy to get up north. 

Murdicks is THE BEST hands down. 
You can't go "up north" without stuffing your face with fudge. J & I ended up buying 6 slices to take for his family, but I am pretty sure I ate at least half of it. 

It was awesome showing J around Charlevoix since it has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and it really is a special place.

After a few days with my family, it was time to join in the birthday madness. Duke was able to tag along which was awesome. Life at the beach without a leash suites him well. 

You can always count on J's family to keep the drinks coming. Sitting outside, watching the sunset over the water & drinking wine. What more could a person want?

There was also a bonfire on the windiest night of the trip. It's a miracle the fire stayed contained!

On the last full day, the "in-laws" (well, 2 in-laws, one cousin & one future in-law) went off to explore some wineries that were nearby.  One of our stops was all sparkling wine! Absolutely delicious.

We affectionally named ourselves the runaways.
This picture just about sums up the trip.  What an awesome family-filled memorable week!  

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