We moved from Indiana to Ohio about six months ago, but when we lived in Indiana, we loved to go to Michigan and explore. Often times, we would just pack up the car and drive without really knowing where we were going. We found lots of cool places this way and decided to go back and visit some of them on our trip this past weekend.
We left Friday evening after I got off work (which happened to be my last day at the Boys & Girls Club, by the way). We made a pit stop in Mishawaka to have dinner and ice cream with some of our youth group kids from Justin's time as a youth group volunteer when we lived in Indiana. We love those kids and miss them immensely. I know God placed each of them in our lives and, whether they know it or not, they helped prepare Justin and I for our ministry here in Ohio. We shared many meals with these kids and had small group time with them in our home. We are better for having known them, and it was wonderful to be able to catch up with them Friday night.
|Justin and I with Michael, Annie, Natalie, and Tevin.|
|We love Michigan!|
|Love the old buildings here.|
|Explore. Imagine. Create.|
|The bikes go with us everywhere.|
|Journeyman Distillery - Three Oaks, MI.|
|Whiskey/bourbon flight - just enough to taste.|
|Love this place.|
|Got the skateboards/longboards out for a tour of the historic downtown area.|
Instead of relaxing at the beach like normal people would, Justin and I decided to climb a rock path to get out to a watch tower where you could overlook beautiful Lake Michigan. It was a long climb, but we went for it. We made it all the way out to watch tower as the wind blew the mist from the lake onto our skin and our feet and legs were covered with sand and were scraped from the rocks.
|It took awhile, but we made it!|
|The watch tower was an interesting situation since they didn't have an actual ladder to get up and down, but we did it!|
|We could see Michigan City from the tower!|
|It was such a gorgeous evening.|
Sunday was our thrift shopping day. We went to lots of thrift shops in the area as I was on the hunt for a dining room table. I've been doing lots of research on repurposing lately and Justin and I are going to sand and repaint a table and chairs for our dining room. We actually did find a table and picked it up for $15 (and managed to get it in our car and transport it back to Ohio)! We are also re-doing our bathroom, so we spent some time at Target picking out towels to go with our new shower curtain. I also heard they knocked down an old building at Indiana University South Bend, Justin and my alma mater, so we stopped by for a quick visit on our way down Mishawaka Avenue.
|Justin got his psychology degree from here. We love this place!|
On Monday, Justin and I ventured over to the University of Notre Dame to have lunch at McAlister's Deli and to tour Notre Dame's campus on our bikes. It ended up pouring down rain, but we still got a ride in.
|It was humid, but I'm glad we got a good ride in before the rain started back up.|
|Love my bike.|
|The Basilica at Notre Dame. If you haven't been to this campus, you have to go! It's beautiful!|
|In front of the library.|
|Me with "touchdown Jesus" in the background.|
|Saw this crane while exploring and riding on the trails.|
|The beautiful prayer grotto on campus.|
|Justin and I lit a candle and said a prayer.|
I'm so glad we both have adventurous hearts.