Duration of Stay: 12/26 – 12/30/2018*
States Visited: Illinois, Indiana & Michigan
Travel Companion(s): Mom + Dad + Little Sister & Aunt + Uncle + Cousins
I love traveling. It’s one of the best ways to learn new things about yourself. For instance, until this trip, I had no idea that I could get down with 4 degrees Fahrenheit so long as it’s not windy and I’m properly bundled. I also didn’t know that I’d find the Midwest so incredibly endearing. There’s something about cold weather folk. They don’t get put out by inclement weather and ungodly temperatures, it’s just a way of life for them. Their acceptance of their circumstances humbled me. And, geographically speaking, there’s also something about the Midwest itself and Lake Michigan being it’s backyard. It’s magical.
At one point, when we were driving down back roads in Three Oaks, Michigan, awing over fields blanketed in snow and pointing out quintessential Americana barns and farmhouses to each other, my mom and I joked that we thought this kind of landscape only existed in Norman Rockwell calendars.
It was nice to have a week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve to decompress and unplug with family. Our days were measured by very hygge-like things like not rushing to change out of our pajamas, gaming, eating and rekindling the wood burning fire. It’s important to slow down and I was reminded of that.
On one of our few outings we went to a brewery in a little town in Michigan and played bananagrams and shared flights of beer. PSA: if you haven’t jumped on the bananagram bandwagon yet get on it- it’s the perfect game because it requires just the right of brain damage and moves pretty fast.
It snowed the entire time we were there which made it feel like we were inside of a snow globe. This is a picture of Avery outside of my aunt and uncle’s house in South Bend, Indiana dressed head-to-toe in snow gear. She spent the week making snow angels, swimming in the snow and eating snow ice-cream. Her love for snow runs as deep as my love for the beach. And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t fall in love with it a little bit too this trip.