Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Little Mud on the Tires

Since being a proud Jeep owner, we have always felt like, our jeep can get through anything. Right?! I mean, it's a Jeep?! That's what they stand for. I have a mud, snow, sand, etc gear options. So when a friend asked us to go on a trail for cancer research, we were all in. I don't really know how many people showed up, but we were guessing there was probably around 200 Jeeps there, and people who came from other states to be here.

It rained a lot the day of the trail ride, causing delay after delay until we could go on the trail. Our Jeep didn't really fit in because we were probably the only stock car there. Sadly, our car was marked as a beginning trail. We were thinking the trail would be like a circle for beginners and wanted to go on the intermediate trail like everyone else was (there were a few in the extreme line). As we prepared to finally be able to go on our trail, hours after the delay, we saw tons of people letting out their tires. Nah we thought to ourselves. I mean we're going on the easy trail, right?! They also announced that they were making everyone basically go back a trail, so those intermediate people would be doing the beginner trails, and for the people like us on the beginning trail (we would be going just out to play for 10 minutes) because of all the rain and mud making our trail, without with the right equipment, barley able to pass. We were just excited to get our tires dirty, and that it was finally go time!

So here we are just able to play in the mud for 10 minutes. We barley could get up the small little hills (if you could call it that) and then we got to a mud pit. Mind you, we were following a Hummer that was in front of us. {Warning, I did cuss in this video, lol}

And we got stuck. Thankfully, another Jeep was able to pull us down from the top of the hill.  LOL.

It was a tad embarrassing.

But, there were a lot of people getting stuck, so they ended up closing the trails down about an hour after we left (some people were still waiting to get on the trails).

Maybe we'll do it again next year, but only if it is dry.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

MI Road Trip

Trav went on an all guy's golfing trip to Traverse City, and Arcadia with his dad and brother. I met Trav on the last day of their trip, where we stayed at Crystal Mountain Resort. Trav picked up a groupgolfer deal, and when I got there, the first question I asked myself was, "Where am I?" It was crazy big. Michigan is having a lot of rain lately, but thankfully it cleared a lot of our trip.

Crystal Mountain Resort:
We had no idea that Crystal Mountain Resort would be such a family place, so a couple with no kids really didn't seem to fit in. But there was a pool, so we found ourselves most of the day while we waited for our room.

I was really kind of dissapointed with the food that they food and the service at the Thistle Pub & Grille. We went back to eat another time because we thought we may have just got a bad server/ and perhaps I didn't pick the best thing to eat, but when we went back for a second time, we ended up leaving before we order since we just sat a table with no waitress that would come to our table. We ended up going to the Wild Tomato Restaurant & Bar, and the service and the food was WAY better :) 

Our room at the Hamlet was disappointing as well. It was really outdated, it smelled like walking into a hair salon. Plus, the ceiling had black things on the wall. So, for being such a good resort, we weren't impressed. 

But, there was a slide!

And that was pretty awesome.

And they had ice cream. So you didn't find us complaining about that. LOL.

With the deal we purchased, Trav got free golf. The next morning we got up at six in the morning to get there by seven. We were there so early, that they still had sprinkles going on with almost every hole.


Later that day, we tried to drive some of the coast.



A guy who ended up golfing with Travis this morning recommended Sleeping Bear Dunes. 

Sleeping Bear Dunes:



Some of those little specks are actually people. I would have actually love to go down there with Trav, but I was scared that since I really haven't been to the gym since baby L has been with us, that I wouldn't be able to get up. {Note: Baby L was with her parents during this time since her visits are getting extended before she is reunited with them}

Crystal Lake:

Somewhere off roading:
One thing that is awesome about having a Garmin, is that it will show you other roads while you're driving. So Trav found a little detour and found this little hidden gem. 




Traverse City:

Since we were traveling and weren't really sure where we wanted to stay, we tried calling that day about a place to stay. Not a good idea. Everything was starting to sound booked, unless we wanted to pay $499 for a night. That is a little out of our budget, so when we called Best Western, they were half the price. Then they gave us a room that we've never been in before and what was even better, was that we got breakfast in the morning. :) After a long day of traveling, we were pretty excited to relax a little.

Coming Home:
My FIL golf ball. It made me laugh when I found it. Like he is saying his shots are "money". LOL.

This just made me laugh, as Trav calls our society as a "trophy society"

And we happened to get a good report about our zoo :)

We loved our little road trip and it was nice to get away for a bit!

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