I decided in October to visit my college roommate. I haven't seen her since my Wedding Celebration in October 2008 but I haven't seen her at her house in the Upper Peninsula since her first child, Alicia was born. She now has three children and Alicia is (gulp) eight!
The five hour trip was uneventful. I have determined that I last about three hours in the car alone. I don't count my daughter as a passenger because she can't talk. Around mile stick 212 on US 127 I saw a fox attempt to cross the road. He made it half way across and then turned around. I saw a few cars pulled over by cops, but nothing more. My daughter did excellent on the ride to and from the UP. She never cried, I was able to make a bottle while driving and hand it to her. I stopped just across the bridge to change her diaper because I felt guilty for not letting her "stretch her legs."
I was warned by my friend that her son, now 19 months old, was somewhat of a bully and she was concerned he would pick on my daughter. We discovered that he was far from a bully with Rachel. He was such a kind and gently boy that he loved being with her!
We relaxed on Friday night when I arrived and then on Saturday went out to lunch and to the zoo. My husband was questioning my trip to the zoo because he was certain there was no zoo in the UP and he confirmed this with a college friend who was born and raised in the UP. There was a zoo and the older kids loved it. You can purchase apples to feed the bear and cones of food to feed other animals. My daughter had fun watching the goats move about and I was fascinated with the little pigs. The weather was perfect! Sunny and warm enough for a light jacket/fleece.
I brought sugar cookies on Saturday for the older girls to decorate while the "babies" took their naps. They did an excellent job and we all enjoyed eating them after they were decorated. We had a great time, my daughter slept well at their house and was fabulous in the car!
Some of my favorite signs:
US 2 is not a freeway, please drive safely.
There are 12 passing lanes in the next 128 miles.
I forgot all about the signs advertising Sea Shell City on the way north: Rare oddities from Davy Jones Locker
One of my favorite events of the weekend happened when were in the "town" of Engadine. We were walking from the car to the restaurant and I was asking the girls what the different buildings were. Lauren pointed out the bar and said, "That's the bar. You know, where people go to hang out." I was also in awe that there was one school, for K-12.
I helped Lauren line up these blocks, in alphabetical order, and then I insisted she lay next to it and get her picture taken because it was longer than she was!
My heart melted when I got to meet Lexi.
Russell loved Rachel. He was so gentle and interested in her.
Lauren was trying to read a book to Rachel but she wasn't too interested.
This is what greets you when you go to the zoo.
Alicia (the oldest, and pictured above on the right) was awesome with Rachel. She will be an excellent babysitter in the future!
I took this photo (below) for Lauren. She was taking pictures with her mom's camera and took a photo of an animal's butt and thought it was hilarious.
I was into the pigs. This was what I thought was the "runt" of the litter. He was obnoxious, fast and my favorite.
Here he is "in action."
Russell feeding the goats.
I'm thinking the girls were attempting to feed an animal they were not supposed to feed. I gather this because they are waaay far away from the fence! The animals that you could feed had a fence you could walk right in front of.
Lauren wanted me to take some photos of her dancing. I put these together so you can get the dancing idea.