A Weekend in Northern Michigan

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Luke, Patronus, and I headed up to northern Michigan to spend fourth of July weekend with our friends, Matt and Amanda and their two dogs.

We spent Friday just hanging out, catching up, and relaxing with a bit of stargazing thrown in for fun.  I was amazed at how clear the skies were and how many stars were visible.

On Saturday we were off to the dog beach to give the pups a chance to swim.

Fezzik and Freya played countless games of water fetch while Patronus stood guard over everyone from the shore.  Eventually we did convince him to get in the water, and he actually went into the lake on his own twice!

After the dog beach, the dogs were sleepy and the humans were hungry, so we decided to drive to Bellaire for dinner and a beer.  (If you haven’t already, you can read about that here.)

Once all of the humans were sufficiently fed, we headed back for some more doggy playtime, a bonfire, and a little stargazing.

When we awoke on Sunday morning, it was time for doggy playtime again!

Patronus chased Freya around for a bit, sniffed the perimeter of the yard, then found himself a nice patch of shade to lay in.

Once I was finally awake, I decided to check out a nearby section of the North Country Trail.

As you may recall, I hiked a section of the NCT in the Upper Peninsula back in May, so I was curious to see what the section of trail running through this area was like.

Amanda joined me on my hike.

NCT

Much to my enjoyment, the terrain was pretty flat and sandy without many exposed roots or rocks to trip over.

Eventually we came upon a beautiful lake hidden a couple miles into the woods.

The area around the lake was plentiful with frogs.  We saw copious amounts of tadpoles, tiny baby frogs, adult frogs and toads, and even a frog being hunted by a snake (which I would rather have not seen).

Serenaded by the croaking of bullfrogs, we made our way around the lake until we came to a small beach.  By then we were starting to get hungry, so we decided to turn around.

When we got back to the cottage, the dogs were waiting for us.

We played fetch for a bit, grilled up some burgers for lunch, and then it was time to head home.


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