A Month of Chaos and Relaxation

Holy smokes. The month of May sure was a busy one! Things started out strong with a ladies' weekend of biking over 100 miles in the northern portion of Michigan's lower peninsula. Following the biking adventure I attended two of my best friends' wedding shower, lifted some heavy stuff at a CrossFit competition, and enjoyed drinks and bonfires while camping near Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan's upper peninsula. If you can't tell already, I really do love this state. It honestly amazes me how many Michiganders have yet to visit Pictured Rocks; it's absolutely breathtaking!

The physical challenges I've encountered in this past month have made me especially thankful to be able-bodied and free to explore this world around me. Not only was this biking journey a true test for my buns-n-thighs, but also a test of my mental strength. We encountered extremely chilling winds, and if you know me, you know I don't handle the cold well... Luckily with this being the second annual trip with these ladies, I packed more wisely this year and was ready for the challenge :) With either Rubblebucket blaring on the wireless speakers or the sound of the wind whizzing past us, we cycled from Traverse City, across to Glen Arbor, up to Leelanau State Park, and back down to our starting point. Despite any challenges we faced, I'm sure the tradition will hold up for years to come.

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The month of May was topped off perfectly with camping at Muskallonge Lake State Park, but boy were the bugs relentless! Two days following, I still found mosquitos buzzing around in my car. A small group of friends spent a few days filling up with campfire meals (obviously including my favorite, tacos), hiking to the lakeshore, and sliding down dunes on our buns. On our second day in the UP, we decided to trek to Chapel Beach, which turned out to be quite the adventure. As soon as we stepped onto the shoreline, the sun broke through the clouds. However, after hunting for petoskey stones for a few minutes, this warm sunshine was followed by ominous storm clouds that materialized in the distance, accompanied by thunder. We abruptly packed up and made our way back to the trail head. With a couple of miles left between ourselves and our vehicle, the rain began to fall, followed by hail. Fortunately I was able to capture a few photos of my favorite greenery and mushrooms on our way out to Chapel Beach before we were pummeled with rain!

Summer is officially 20 days away, but it looks like this warm season is off to a great start! I'm already booking up my weekends with exciting trips, big and small. What do you have planned for this summer?