My family started a new tradition a couple years ago… My nana, mom & step dad, baby brother and his wife & daughters, middle brother & his girlfriend and her daughter, and my husband, my daughter & I, we all go camping up north in the Sleeping Bear Dunes. We found a great spot to camp that couldn’t be more perfect for us and the most amazing “secret” beach. It has a small lake with a shallow creek running to Lake Michigan. It’s perfect for our littles to play in. I reminisce about the same “little village” group campsite we reserve, the communal firepit, the brisk mornings, the fire charred eggs & potatoes, the honeycrisp apples, and gathering/hacking our own firewood… Going through these photos brings me right back to the dunes and makes me long for these days to be back soon… but this year will not be the same without my youngest brother, sister-in-law and my nieces. They moved to Germany last year a couple months after this camping trip. I really miss them. I’m looking forward to their visit this summer, but it’s unlikely they’ll have the time to fit a camping trip in while they’re here.
Well, missing my family inspired me to sift through the 700 photos I took on this trip, edit a handful and share them with you… and MOST IMPORTANTLY, share them with my family who has yet to see them!
Life is not the same without you near, Hugh, Heidi, Charlotte & Amelia!