I have enjoyed a lot of girls’ weekends and, of course, regular family vacations over the years, but it seems like “husband weekends” had gone on the back burner. Now that my husband and I are pretty much empty nesters, we are starting to re-focus on our relationship. We would always talk about taking a long weekend and getting away together, but something, usually the kids, would take priority. We were fine with that because our children were our priority and parenting was (and is) the greatest joy.
Anyway, I booked a B&B in Mackinaw City and we headed north up I-75 last weekend. It was a little weird not having one or both of our kids with us, but more than that it was nice to reconnect with the hubbie.
The Headlands County park just west of the Big Mac Bridge has been designated a Dark Sky Park, one of only six in the country, nine worldwide. This means that conditions there are deemed most optimal for viewing the night sky with minimal light interference. We were looking forward to February’s program, “Love Letters in the Sky,” but unfortunately there was too much cloud cover. We definitely plan on coming back another time as they conduct programs throughout the year and hopefully the weather conditions will be favorable.
We did try out snowshoeing at Boyne Highlands. I had read that if you can walk, you can snow shoe, so I figured I should be able to handle it. It was a blast and a great workout. The marked trails took us through the woods on the property of the ski resort. After, we lunched in Harbor Springs at the upscale The Pier with a grand view of the water and then visited many of the town’s unique little shops.
We enjoyed traveling the winding backroads cutting through snow covered pines, exquisite sunsets over Lake Michigan, great food, a little red wine (for medicinal purposes) and some Mackinaw fudge.
Hubbie and I were reminded of what it was that drew us together in the first place and decided we are still pretty darn fun to be around.
Until next time … Ruth