After the wedding it was back on the road again. We were scheduled to camp one more night, but after church on Sunday we looked around the campsite...and decided a motel sounded fabulous.
We love camping, but there's nothing like camping for four nights with four kids through a couple rainstorms and wedding preparations to make a cheap motel room sound like luxury.
So we packed up and skipped town, drove half way thru Michigan and spent a night back in the good ol' U.S. of A.
We gave everyone much needed baths and ordered pizza. It was fabulous.
This was a giant lumberjack statue that was next to our motel. The kids were amazed when they spotted it, but not because it was a giant lumberjack. No, they were excited because they all thought it was a statue of Jesus. ...... ?? .... At least they think of Jesus as the rugged type.
Next day it was onward ho again. Through Michigan and toward the lovely Sault Ste. Marie.
Over the Mackinac Bridge.
Hey! We made it to Canada again!
The kids were so excited.
Through the Soo and along the shore of Lake Superior, all the way to Sawpit Motel & Cabins.
We weren't sure what to expect from our lodgings, but upon arrival we were extremely pleased. A cozy cabin to relax in for a whole week. Home base for all of our day trips and adventures.
The kids spent a lot of time playing on the front porch and in the sandy yard. Clay and I enjoyed a lively jam session on the porch too, which sparked a good discussion with the proprietor about how his cousins from down on the Goulais River (pronounced: Gooley, eh?) have played with Pierre Schryer (hey, me too! .....kind of....when I was 7....actually I was mostly just friends with his nieces).
The cabin even came with some great dish-washing help.
Just across the road was Sawpit Bay. I love the look of awe the kids always get when they arrive at a beautiful beach. I feel the same way.
The day we arrived at Sawpit also happened to be our 7th anniversary. What better way to celebrate?
Nothing like sitting on a gorgeous coastline and watching our children explore.
7 wonderful years.
We made it to the Sawpit beach a couple times and enjoyed swimming there once during the mid-day warmth. Except for the babies who were happy snuggling together on the beach.
By the shores of Gitche Gumee, By the shining Big-Sea-Water...
Here William & Clay reenact David & Goliath.
Look! Some Canadian Canada Geese!
Not only did we have a nice beach just across the road, we also were just down the road from Agawa Indian Crafts. I have a very vivid childhood memory of buying moccasins here, it was fun to wander around again.
Clay said he might almost be tempted to move up north just so we could justify buying these $200 hats. I think we look pretty awesome.
Here is William riding a big furry tractor.
And the kids pose with a moose.
Clay was really hoping to catch sight of a moose during our trip. There was no shortage of moose signs along the highway. Night danger!
And our favorite, the monster moose:
But despite these foreboding warnings, this is as close as we got to the mysterious Alces alces.
Really focus in on Amelia's expression on this one:
We stopped in to Agawa Crafts for ice cream on our last evening in Canada.
Even Susannah joined in.
What ice cream? I don't know what you're talking about.