ST ANNE’S CEMETERY.

I like photographing cemeteries. I’m not sure why… But while Brian & I were on Mackinac Island and he was antsy to get back to the ferries (he was insisting a huge storm was coming), I was like “CEMETERRRRRRRRRRRRRRYYY!!!” So he let me quickly run through it. It wasn’t nearly enough time to see and experience the weight of this place, but I was happy to at least find the oldest burial (thanks to some thoughtful signage!). I’m still searching for some more solidity on the backstory of this cemetery. The signs say 1924, but the oldest grave is 1833; and the internet says they started moving graves from downtown to this location in 1850, which explains the oldest grave, but not the 1924 signage =/ Regardless, cemeteries can be quite beautiful, and this one is for sure. BLOG ▪ ETSY SHOP ▪ INSTAGRAM ▪ TWITTER ▪ FACEBOOK ▪ PINTEREST

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MACKINAC ISLAND BUTTERFLIES.

A couple weeks ago, Brian and I had a chance to go up north for a few days. We stay at his family’s cottage in Indian River. It’s convenient to some surrounding up north locations, like Mackinac/Mackinaw, Petoskey, etc. We were up from Wednesday (June 14) night through Sunday (June 18) morning. That Friday, we ventured over to Mackinac Island. This was my second visit (the first in July 2011). I think it’s mandatory for me to visit butterfly houses. I love ’em. I believe the Island has two, but we visited the Original for a second time: This one is my favorite: The one missing about a quarter of his wings was perched on the flower missing about a quarter of its petals… Around the forty minute mark, Brian definitely hit his limit (he was giving me the “let’s go” eyes around thirty) — but I easily could spend…

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BALD MOUNTAIN.

One late Monday afternoon, I felt inspired to pack my camera in my bag and hop on my bike (for the first time this year!). I rode over to the closest bit of Bald Mountain State Recreation and immediately came across a family of geese. I didn’t venture much further, happy to snap away. Also, my bike seat was loose and my tires were low, making the ride there not very comfortable. The trip was short, the ride was short, and the desire to be alone (not amongst joggers, bikers, and general-park-goers) was high. But I’m glad I finally drummed up enough in myself to get out into nature this spring. Check out more of my (near & far) travel-related posts here. BLOG ▪ ETSY SHOP ▪ INSTAGRAM ▪ TWITTER ▪ FACEBOOK ▪ PINTEREST

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SELFIES AND SELVES (+ A FEW HONEYMOON PHOTOS).

WHY I DREAD WHEN STRANGERS (OR ANY PERSON IN GENERAL) ASK “WANT ME TO TAKE YOUR PHOTO?” I have an expensive camera / phone. What if you drop it? What if you steal it? I prepared with a proper lens. It’s wide. We both fit in the view. You will walk twelve feet away and we’ll be super tiny. If I don’t like what I take, I’ll take another. If I don’t like what you take, I feel obligated to “be done” with the photo until you’re out of sight. We probably won’t feel inclined to make ridiculous, goofy faces. WHY I DON’T MIND WHEN STRANGERS (OR ANY PERSON IN GENERAL) ASK “WANT ME TO TAKE YOUR PHOTO?” I will have a rare full body shot of us. I won’t have to put down my drink. We’ll get a photo of “the bigger picture.” Likely, it’s more flattering. Just go…

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BUFFALO, NY: DAY 3.

Day 3 is a tiny post compared to Days 1 & 2! The third and final day of our trip we considered going to Buffalo’s Taste of Buffalo, which to out-drinking-at-2-a-m Brian and Ashley sounded great! However, after having breakfast at Buffalo’s 2nd highest rated breakfast place, Betty’s, we realized that surfing through a massive crowd of people on a ninety-degree day to eat $5 worth of food for $20 just wasn’t our thing. We went with mini golf instead. As per tradition, of course. We play mini golf on almost every one of our vacations. After mini golf, it was just another six hour drive to get back home. The mini golf place we went to was pretty nice. Since Brian and his family own and operate a miniature golf facility, our expectations are a little more understanding, but still high. The course was well-maintained and laid out, and…

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BUFFALO, NY: DAY 2 (MY 29TH BIRTHDAY).

(Day 1 is here.) Day 2 Day 2 in Buffalo was a full one. This is such a PHOTO-HEAVY post! This was my actual birthday. My 29th one to be exact. It started as a dreary, drizzly day that eventually cleared up. Breakfast Brian looked up “the best breakfast” rated restaurant around, Maggie’s, so we stopped there before heading to the falls. I was a little apprehensive because the route there and the general neighborhood seemed questionable, but I will definitely recommend Maggie’s for a great breakfast! Niagara Falls The overcast weather kept us from completely melting when we visited the American side of Niagara Falls (this image points out the names of the specific falls, via How Stuff Works). When we got there, I had problems with my camera and almost panicked, but it was something simple (I can’t even remember now) and only ate up about 10 minutes…

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BUFFALO, NY: DAY 1.

This year for my birthday, Brian and I took an impromptu trip to Niagara Falls. Since Brian doesn’t have a passport or enhanced license, we drove through the US to get there and did not visit the Canadian side. Day 1 was filled with driving. Lots of driving. We left in the late morning and only stopped for food and gas until we were almost there. At one gas station, there was a lighthouse within sight that we went over to check out. I also quickly got my feet in the lake so that I could officially say that I’ve been in Lake Erie (I may have been before, but I honestly have no idea). We stayed at a hotel in Buffalo near a hospital (not my favorite location, btw). That night we picked a place close by that we could walk to to get wings. We decided to forego…

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CAMPING: MUSKEGON, MI (PART III).

On the final leg of our camping trip, we decided to cut out one day. There was rain in the forecast, and we didn’t want to spend our last morning packing up a wet campsite in the rain. So what was supposed to be solely my “beach day” got split up with about an hour laying in the sun on Lake Michigan, with the rest of the day driving home with a pit stop in Grand Rapids. The morning was still chilly, but it wasn’t bad in the sun. Brian’s not really a beach guy (too boring), so I think he was happy to trim out that part. We ate lunch & I had one last s’more before we ended our camping trip. I must’ve had like 2 or 3 a day, at least. Our first stop in Grand Rapids was Founders Brewing Company. The place was so big &…

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CAMPING: MUSKEGON, MI (PART II).

Day three in Muskegon started off chilly. We built a fire in the morning to keep warm while I had coffee & Brian had a Monster. Having already “done everything” (lighthouse, mini golf, beach), Brian suggested going to the lighthouse twenty minutes north in Whitehall. The White River lighthouse is now a museum, so you can pay admission to go inside the former tower. It’s an actual house too. On our way out of the state park, we stopped at a blockhouse that overlooks the park. Since it was built, the trees have become so mature that you can’t see much else. We had lunch at the BBQ place we had seen at the beach the day before (The Deck) – they had two old pontoons pushed up to their deck that they extended seating out on. We both got sliced brisket & summer shandies. The food was good, but…

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CAMPING: MUSKEGON, MI (PART I).

We are a few short days away from it being officially fall. I love everything fall just like the next white girl, but I’m still reminiscing about summer… Brian & I began dating in 2011. We moved into our home in 2012 and bought a tent as a housewarming gift to ourselves. We finally used said tent this past summer 2015. I took off the week surrounding my birthday and we drove across the state to Muskegon State Park. I booked their single available site that morning, & we lucked out — the site was my favorite in the whole park. You could catch a glimpse of Lake Michigan from the site, it was elevated, so no wet spots, and it was spacious. The whole park was really beautiful, and if we ever wanted to camp out there again, I’d definitely choose that park again. Day one, we left Lake…

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