As a kid, my family and I traveled a lot. We visited Disney World, Mexico, and Spain. We journeyed to both East and West coasts, even taking a train all the way to California.
But I never really explored Michigan until I was in my twenties.
My extended family has owned a charming cottage in Lexington just a short walk from Lake Huron for about ten years now. There are flowers everywhere, and there is a big tree that offers plenty of shade with a comfortable rocker and a cozy, little sitting area. The décor is beachy and fun. The cottage is truly delightful.
Before kids, it was just a fun and spontaneous day trip to spend time with my family. When the babies came, I kind of backed away due to a case of postpartum depression. The weight of that depression coupled with the overwhelming feeling of having to pack everything was much too much.
But the trip we took over the weekend was different. It was light and fun, just like an actual vacation. We made sandcastles, looked for shells, and played in the water. I had morning coffee with my aunt on the beach. I felt like the old me again, but only better and stronger.
This cottage is only an hour away, but it felt like a world away. I unplugged from social media and was completely present with my family. I felt connected to myself. A wave of gratitude washed over me: for my family, for my perseverance during a difficult time, and for the beautiful beach right here in Michigan.
What is your special place to visit here in Michigan?