Labor Day Weekend in the Mitten

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope everyone’s gearing up for a long, relaxing, and fun-filled weekend.

This evening, I’m taking my first Amtrak train from Union Station here in Chicago to visit my best friend / college roommate Sarah. I’ll arrive too late on Friday to do much, but I”m already looking forward to spending all day with her on Saturday as she takes me around to all her favorite GR things. Plus, she has a new dog who I’ve yet to meet!

Sam is working on Saturday, so he’ll be swinging by Grand Rapids to pick me up after he finishes up. From there, we’ll head north to Traverse City and stay until Tuesday.

We sort of shifted the whole weekend a day, choosing to vacation from Saturday to Tuesday instead of Friday to Monday. It’s a well-known Midwest fact that trying to swoop under Lake Michigan while driving through Indiana at peak times during holiday weekends is the purest form of road trip agony. By traveling from Saturday to Tuesday, we’re hoping to alleviate some of those driving aches.

Plus, as an added bonus, we’ll get to be in TC on Tuesday after all the summer crowds depart, allowing us to enjoy summer up north the way we know it best. That said, we don’t really know what we’re going to do while we’re up there, but I already know it will be a good way to close out these summer months.

Whatever you have planned for the weekend, I hope it’s just what you need! As for me, you’ll find me on the water, in the sun, and totally blissed out.

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