Snapshots from Silver Lake

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Back this week after a lovely cottage vacation! We stayed on Silver Lake, Michigan last week with Mr Rae’s side of the family: his mom and dad and sister and brother and their families. Our rental cottage was big enough for all 15 of us, even if it was a bit outdated. Yet there’s something I will always love about the lake cottage rental with the wood paneling and the plaid couches, though it does mean the allergy meds are mandatory. We had a lovely week, even if it was the coldest week of the summer (this happened last summer too??). The kids had a fabulous time swimming and playing and going on the Mac Dune rides (twice); we figured out plenty to do on the cold days as well: we climbed up the Little Sable Point light house, Country Dairy Farm Tour, the Lewis Farm Market petting zoo, and the Oceana County Fair.

Other than the cold weather and a minor fruit fly infestation, it was a good vacation. I tried hard not to work at all. I intentionally did not open my email (resulting in an inbox that had roughly 439 emails when I logged on at the beginning of this week…GAH) and that felt like a real mental break. I put up a few Instagram pics, but that was my only line to the outside world. I read a book, chased Hugo around, sat on the beach while the kids motored around on their mini-jetskis, and had another birthday (38, for those of you who are wondering). It was a good vacation.

Clementine and Elliot are starting 1st and 3rd grade next week. Hugo is looking and acting more like a little boy — rather than a baby — each day. They are growing up so fast. The end of summer always seems to hit me hard. I want to slow time down and have more summer, or maybe just more time. I’d better end this now, before things get too melancholy. Anyone else have a good vacation this summer? I always love to hear your experiences and get new ideas.

8 thoughts on “Snapshots from Silver Lake

  1. I have ALL THE FEELINGS at the end of summer, so I know what you mean. My kids started 2nd and 4th grades this week and for them it was no big deal but I’ve been walking around with bittersweet pangs about it since the beginning of August.
    Since you asked about vacations…I took my kids on a road trip from Madison to Boston (yup, that was a really long way) and we camped on the Great Lakes and in the Adirondacks on the way there. Loved that. I definitely want to go back to the Adirondacks for a week to do some real hiking sometime in the next year or two! And of course New England is lovely, but we were there mostly to visit my brother and SIL…everything they say about Boston traffic is true. Ugh.

  2. I used to live in the Southern part of Oceana county, though most of my life was in Muskegon county. I currently live in Germany and have previously worked my way through Denmark, Alaska, Nevada, and New Jersey. Maybe someday I’ll make it back to Silver Lake. I have such great memories of staying in similar cabins as a kid. Thanks for the photos!

  3. We road tripped from Colorado to Ohio, detour through the UP and Michigan. Our ultimate destination was a rental on the shores of Lake Erie to visit family. Check out the islands if you haven’t been, Middle Bass is nice and quiet and Put-in-Bay really does have lots of family activities. My family has a house outside of town so we can escape the weekend craziness, although weekdays are better for families. But our favorite was Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lake Michigan, your home state is gorgeous! We will have to check out Silver Lake, looks so cozy and fun for kids (and those mini jet skis!!!). It’s always hard to leave Colorado in the summer–Summer is guaranteed gorgeous and sunny, not like the Midwest where we prepare for bugs and humidity but always seems to get those crazy cold or rainy spells when we visit family, fortunately children never seem to mind.

  4. Nothing to share from my end, but I want to tell you how breathtaking I find that photo of Clementine running through the trees to be. That would make a really nice painting. There’s something in it that evokes a feeling of being free, carefree, comfortable, safe, and far from demands. There’s a lot of natural beauty in that image – and something also about being alone (yet not totally alone, since obviously someone took the shot) and running with wild abandon toward an inviting beachfront that’s not crowded or hot. It really stirs my soul, that shot. Many of the photos did, too, as they took me back to my own childhood summers when we’d spend a week on Lake Erie at Lakeside, Ohio, quite often in a summer cottage. Those are some of my best memories. Thank you for sharing yours. They do an aching heart good.

    • What a lovely observation, Susan. It’s so wonderful that those photos could evoke something from your past as well. Thank you so much for commenting!

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