weekending in michigan

At the start of summer, I promised myself that I would do two things over the next three months -

1) spend as much time at the beach or on a boat that I could.

2) spend time with friends that lived outside of Cleveland who I always "said" I wanted to visit but came up a million and one excuses not to.

Mission freaking accomplished.

My friend Nadine and I headed to Michigan (get your Michigan jokes out of the way now....) to spend the weekend with a college friend who I hadn't seen in at least two years.

After a quick 3 hour drive to her house, we caught up over a few bottles of wine and discussed important topics from politics to our love of the Nordstrom catalog. Deep conversations, I tell ya!!

an evening of wine, friends and butt-shaped cake pan
Her slipmates were nice enough to let us hop on board their boat for the afternoon because we were pretty confident we could get her boat out of the marina, but weren't exactly sure how we would get it back into the dock in the evening.

We headed out on Lake St. Clair to an area called Muscamoot Bay where I was told was a mix of Put-in-Bay meets Mardi Gras meets Spring Break. I wouldn't have believed it until I saw it but tons (not kidding you!) of boats all tie together for the entire day, creating this guantlet of sorts down the middle where you walk through and mingle with other boaters.

 Boats beginning to line up

Don't believe me? Check out this video that shows just what the party was like.

People walk through the guantlet with their floating coolers wit dogs sometimes sitting on top of them, 50-year-old men have beads to offer to girls like Mardi Gras and you can even happen along a floating beer pong game, where I swam away as the winner! (Sidenote: We chose to leave our iPhones safe and dry on the boat while we waded through the boat gauntlet.)

Celebrating being together on a random Saturday in August

Our weekend host Elaine with Nadine

See ya later, Muscamoot!
After spending the entire day on the boat and soaking up the last rays of the day, we ended the night with a sushi dinner and spent the next day touring the gorgeous little downtown of Birmingham, where my friend lives only a short walk away. It's this cute little brick-lined street with local shops where every single restaurant has an outdoor patio.
Brunch at Toast

There you have it - all my summer trips have wrapped up! From Charlotte to my getaway to Catawba to the countless weekend afternoons I spent in Lake Erie and laying out on the beach relaxing with a good book and friends, I thoroughly enjoyed each and every day of summer 2012.

Maybe....just maybe I have a Put-in-Bay trip left in me.....


Alana said...

we need to boat/beach together. summer is almost over!!!!!

Katelin said...

you've definitely accomplished your summer goals and i am slightly jealous. i really need to know someone with a boat, haha.

Jessica (Bayjb) said...

First, you have not come to see me. Hurt :( Also, I'm jealous of your summer, so much.

alexa @ cleveland's a plum said...

when you and alana plan that local beach day just make sure i'm included. well, at this point it may be beach day with a fire and sweatshirt but hey, i'll take that too.

Allyson said...

I love that area! I have family that lives in Bloomfield Hills!

Suburban Sweetheart said...

Looks pretty glorious!