As far as summer vacations go, this had to be one of the shortest on record for us (at least me and my oldest daughter).
We headed up to Frankfort, MI yesterday. It's a three and a half hour drive from our place and I knew I was going to have to come back this morning.
Arriving there around 5, we met up with Dad, Mom, my brother's family and nephew at a cabin they'd got for the week.
Frankfort Michigan is located about 10 miles southwest of Traverse City and is home to about 1,300 residents right on lake Michigan. The town itself is a nice sleepy kind of place. Like many of these kinds of places, its heavily dependent on the tourist season and the money made during those times.
Down the main street, appropirately named Main Street, there' a few restaurants, bars, knick-knack shops, ice cream parlours and even a small hardware shop. It's the kind of place you'd expect to see the "Jaws" production crew filming the next movie in, but perhaps not as new england as Maine.
About an hour before the sun set on the day, we headed down to the beach. out on an arrowhead jetty, there's the 72 foot Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse. With a visable range of 16 nautical miles, the lighthouse is an iconic part of Frankfort's people.
The water was cold as always, and I dared not put a more than a hand in. Didn't stop Bella from mostly going in as much as she could. The two older kids (actually, young adults as they're both over 18) took the younger ones for a walk down the beach and back, and for just a moment, everything was just about right.
Of course, we had to go and get the obligatory Ice Cream after the beach.
You know how there's always a favorite moment from a family vacation? This time, I actually got the picture of it! It was a serene moment that my dad and my son were walking together on the Jetty:
What a Father's Day.