Fall Break came at a much needed time this year. The previous week was rather stressful, but fall break came to the rescue at just the right time. On Friday night I saw All Sons & Daughters perform in Grand Rapids. I really enjoyed the concert and love their music! I ate at Marie Catrib’s in Grand Rapids with some friends before the concert. The whole night was very relaxing and rejuvenating.
On Saturday I embarked with 6 other girls to Petoskey, Michigan. We originally planned on visiting Pictured Rocks, but with the whole government shutdown we had to change our plans. Petoskey was a great option! We enjoyed a beautiful scenic drive up north with viewing the trees change into beautiful colors. When we arrived in Petoskey we stopped at Roast & Toast, a local coffee shop and brought our drinks out onto the pier. We also had perfect weather! The sun shined down on the lake and reflected the fall colors perfectly in the clear blue water. It was a perfect day where we walked around downtown and explored some of Petoskey. In the evening we set up our tent at Petoskey State Park. Once we were settled, we brought our dinner to the beach and watched the sunset.
It obviously isn’t camping without a fire, so we made a fire and then proceeded to laugh and sing worship songs around the fire. On Sunday morning I drove to Roast & Toast again and read my Bible and journaled. When I returned back to the campsite my friend Kimberly and I ran 8 miles along a bike path, and the scenery was incredible!
On Sunday afternoon we drove to Walloon Lake and explored Boyne City and enjoyed walking around in the middle of nature. Sarah and I found an abandoned lake cottage and swung on a swing and hammock in the middle of the woods.
Our group bonded together the second night around the campfire and had great discussions. I am so blessed with such wonderful friends at Hope! I’m
glad I was able to camp with some of my best friends and enjoy God’s creation together. We only camped one night so that we could catch up on sleep and work productively on homework today.
This weekend was the perfect time for relaxation, and I’m so thankful for more memories made with great friends!