From West Texas to Northern Michigan

Hello! This is going to be a photo-heavy post versus text, because in this case, I believe photographs tell the story better than words.

In the beginning of the month I had the privilege to meet up with my friend Marisol, who lives in El Paso, Texas. She came up this way, and my goal was to show her the beauty of northern Michigan, since we didn’t have enough time to travel there during her previous visit.

Before heading north, however, I had to take her to the Detroit Institute of Arts, since she’s an art lover.  She took loads of photos and stared wide-eyed at a few works by her favorite painters. I must apologize for not remembering to take my camera for that part of her trip!

Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island was the first large trek of the journey, and she and I met up with Justin, booked a hotel, purchased tickets for the ferry, and we were transported back in time to a place where horse cabs and bicycles are the main way to travel. No cars allowed! And of course, I had to get a photo of her by the famous Arch Rock!

Mackinaw City — mainly Mackinaw Bridge — was a sight to see for her! For someone used to desert landscapes and shorter, rugged mountains, the green and blue of Michigan was a change of pace. She kept telling me how much she loved seeing so much green. She’s not wrong. It’s something I know I take for granted. Apart from the scenery, there were, of course, a few “Michigander” things I required her to do while we were there. One: fudge. Two: Superman ice cream. She accomplished both!

The next day we moved on to Traverse City, where we showed Mari the downtown area and riverfront, popped into a few shops, and then headed to Sleeping Bear Dunes. While the weather was perfect in town, going into the dunes was a different matter…the fog didn’t lift all day. Not much of a view, but for Mari, who never sees fog like this, she said it was dreamlike and mysterious.

The trip only lasted for a few days, but the mini vacation was not only a fun getaway, it allowed me to spend time with a good friend who lives thousands of miles away and helped me re-appreciate Michigan’s natural beauty.

Want to see more of the weekend’s adventures? Check out this video made by Justin, and then subscribe to his channel or follow him on Facebook!

—K

— Some photos by Justin McKee —

About Karin

Journalist, singer, reader, movie fanatic, photography buff, GVSU alum, wanna-be-Brit, Crohn’s fighter, Coca-Cola addict, animal lover, not a kid person, hater of winter, Michigander

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