Goodbye Tree Town, my Ann Arbor Home!

It’s about that time again.

I started packing.

I’ve had my last hurrahs (for now).

Two months ago when I arrived in the USA it seemed like I had so many days to fill.  Now that it’s over, I’m wondering how did it go so fast?!  But, I’m ready.  I miss my fur babies.  The three of them are really cute and I’m beyond excited to feast my eyes upon their glorious bodies.  I’m such a lucky girl.

One of the sweetest things I got to do this summer was attend the opening of my friend’s brand new cafe called the Electric Eye Cafe.  It’s a cute coffee shop with rotating roasters and a friendly-chic-whimsical vibe adorned with quirky written signs.

If you’re in the Ann Arbor area, it’s a great place to check out.  I know there’s heaps of coffee shops, but this place is unique, and well, a friend’s place is always so comfy, isn’t it?!  It’s also in a great location on Main Street and there’s plenty of parking.  Just go ahead then.  Do it.  You know you love the coffee.  Say ‘hi’ to Keelan for me.

Another place I never miss when I’m in Ann Arbor is the good old Fleetwood Diner.  It’s been around for decades and it is quite a special place.  You don’t want to miss it on your trip to this wonderful tree town.  I assure you it won’t disappoint.

I took my mom here for lunch on my last day in town.  We had a great time sitting along the street watching the Ann Arbor life pass us by.  I also hoovered my ‘hippie hash’ like I hadn’t eaten in 10 years.  Mmmmm.  It’s just so delicious, and I’m not even usually a fan of potatoes that much.  But, these hash browns cooked with tomatoes, green peppers, broccoli, onions, and feta cheese are something to dream about.

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One of the best nights I had in my two month long visit was with a bunch of co-workers for an epic dance night out on the town.  We were on a serious mission to tear up the dance floor, and well, I reckon we did a fantastic job.  I’ve made some new amazing friends this summer in Michigan and uncountable good memories.  My cup runneth over, dear friends. . .

I even got to hug one of my most favorite people in the whole wide world who was only in town for one night.  We hadn’t seen each other in four years and it was great to recharge on her super vibrations. . .

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In a few days I will be all packed up and time traveling back to my beloved Magic Man.  It has been monsoon season in Goa, so I’ll be arriving to the greenest, lush jungle surrounding my rainbow penthouse.  I will cherish the good times and good vibes of this pure Michigan summer and I’ll see you all on the flip side. . .

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Lake Michigan Dune Time

If you’ve never seen one of the “Great Lakes” in your life, I recommend making a trip sometime.  Lake Michigan, in particular, has beautiful sand dune beaches and water that stretches as far as the eye can see.  Once at the water’s edge, looking out into the vast blue horizon is like gazing out into the open sea. . .without all that salt, of course.  It is quite a sight.

My family goes camping every year somewhere on the lake and this was the first year I got to attend the annual shenanigans.  I’m no stranger to camping so I was pretty excited to bust out my awesome camping gear. . .plus, sleeping in my tent all cozy in my sleeping bag is some of the best sleep I ever have.  I know, I’m a weirdo to some people.

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After setting up camp at the PJ Hoffmaster State Park Campground, we headed straight for the beach.  And it looked like this. . .

The water was brisk, per usual, but after about 5 minutes it just starts to feel refreshing.  Growing up in Michigan, you get used to cold water.  It’s no big deal.  It’s just how it is.  I think I heard somewhere that cold water stimulates your lymphatic system, so it’s all good for your health, too.

The beaches are tall white sand dunes that are killer to hike up, but make for great adventures.  The best part of hiking the dunes is running down them.  Each step takes so long to sink down in the sand it kinda feels like you’re walking on the moon or floating instead of running.  And it’s even fun to hike up a dune just for the sake of floating back down again.  Me and my dad went on a really fun hike one of the days and I got some primo shots.

I love this one below.  It looks like he’s a lone man in the desert. . .or on some strange desolate planet. . .

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You can tell a little bit how steep this dune really was.  It was a great workout and also a never-ending foot massage from all that sand.  My little footsies were quite happy afterwards.  And BTW, I have the best Dad.  He’s a gem!

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Some of my oldest and dearest friends joined us for a few nights of camping fun.  I’ve been cashing in on all the friendly company I can manage while I’m here.  In the blink of an eye I’ll be back to my little jungle home far far away from so many of my loved ones.

Here are some great shots from another dune hike. . .

We came across this bench on our dune hike and I had to capture the wisdom of it.  I think it’s a good notion for all of us.  Keep dreaming, keep dreaming. . .grab it when you can, grab it when you think you can’t.  Just do what that little voice inside of you says.  Listen. . .

“I believe people should find their dreams and chase them before it’s too late.  If you know what your dream is grab it and run.”

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We had beach disco parties, of course, because I have to dance no matter what.  It’s good for my soul.  We had dinners and fun chats around the camp fire.  And we even made it to the nearest city to see a singing, dancing, light up fountain.  It was something.  It’s one of the oldest musical fountains out there, so check it out for a truly local experience.  Haha.

It was really hard to leave the camping trip, but I will be excited to visit the dunes again and that beautiful blue horizon.  Thanks, Lake Michigan.

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