Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Weekend Trip to the U.P.

I got an extra day and a half off at the beginning of Memorial weekend, and since the 23rd would have been my grandpa's 91st birthday, I decided to head north to hang out with my mom for a few days. I figured it might be kind of a hard day for her since her dad just passed recently.

 It was drizzling, foggy and cold on Wednesday.

 You couldn't even see the water below it was so foggy!

 Mom was working with the Youth Group at their church so Dad took me on a sight-seeing tour. Can you believe this monster boat is held up by a few tiny stacks of cinder blocks!?!?

I want to go back on a sunny day for a shot of this rock wall.

When I got into town on Wednesday, I stopped and picked up a pizza at a little place called Pizza Builders. We stumbled onto it last summer when I was up there, and it was really good. They've kept the goodness going, and it was still just as good this time-YAY! Plus, it was free breadstick day so that was an extra bonus!

On Thursday, we took off for Petoskey-stopping at a few antique shops along the way. We dropped her embroidery machine off to be repaired and had lunch at a wonderful little deli-Harborside Deli. It's off the main drag a little ways, but it is so very worth the drive! If you ever find yourself in Petoskey and you're looking for a place to eat-take the trip to this place-you won't regret it! In fact, you'll probably LOVE it as much as we did.

Everything was fresh, and delicious! I ordered a club sandwich on sourdough. The bread was homemade and sliced really thick. At first I was worried that it was a ton of bread, but it was so fresh, and fluffy and warm (I had it lightly toasted) that when I bit the sandwich, it was like biting into airy, fluffy goodness. Mom had a chicken Caesar wrap with giant chunks of chicken. YUM!

My dad took us out to dinner to a Mexican restaurant in St. Ignace. They had heard the chef/cook there was really good, so we were anxious to try it. My best advice-don't waste your money or your time going there. The food was mediocre at best. The salsa looked like canned salsa-almost had a spaghetti sauce look to it, and it was very bland. My fajitas were so over cooked the chicken looked and tasted like jerky. Even the refried beans were bland.

A couple of ladies who got seated in the booth to the left of the one I took this picture of, weren't happy with the salsa, and after tasting it and looking around the restaurant, asked me how our food was. I gave the so-so hand sign, and they got up and left!

 It has atmosphere and character, but the food was just so-so. I really hope they can get some better recipes-or someone who can cook-it has so much potential to be a fantastic place to eat-right on the lake, great atmosphere...
I wonder who rode their lawn mower to dinner...this was parked in the parking lot-LOL!

On Friday, we went to Gaylord because my mom had to go in for a quick dilation and photograph of her eyes to make sure everything was still ok with her macular degeneration. So we planned a day of it. My dad went too because he wanted to get some things at the big box lumber places.

We dropped mom off at the eye doctor's and dad and I went and hit a few sales! I think he had just as much fun as I did! He got a brand new, stainless steel grill for his boat-still in the box for $10-he just has to get the mounting brackets to mount it on the side rail.

After mom was done, we hit a couple more sales, then lunch at Culver's-their toasted Reuben sandwich is really good! Then we went for a pedicure (a late Mother's Day present) and did some girl shopping (Hobby Lobby) while Dad did his guy shopping. I can't believe how fast the day went! We finished it off with a walk around Mackinac City shops and dinner at Scalawags-my absolute FAVORITE place to eat in the north.

Wow! It sounds like our few days revolved around food-LOL! I guess in a way they kind of did! It was fun hanging out with my parents for a few days-sharing memories of my grandpa, and just enjoying each other's company.

I did pick up a few things in our travels...

 Although I didn't buy anything here, this was a neat little shop to visit!

 We also stopped at one of my favorite shops in Pellston. Sadly, I didn't find anything I couldn't live without, but it was still fun to look. If you ever get to Pellston, stop into the antique shop-you'll enjoy your visit!
 I got this military helmet liner for Kevin at a garage sale for $2. I think whomever painted it, probably ruined it's value. You can also just barely see the two rolls of deco mesh I got at too-fifty cents a roll at a garage sale!

 Here is a shot of the inside.

 This little table and chairs came from the Gaylord Goodwill. I always stop, so I can
stretch my legs... (smile).

A complete set of Butterprint fridgies, a vintage glass pitcher with white flowers, 2 milk glass vases, an old green beer bottle with wire top, a 60's bowl with lid and a very thick, heavy egg/relish plate.

My little Lucy went with me, she is good company for the car ride, except she always wants to be on my lap. When there weren't many cars around, I let her lay there, but once traffic picked up she had to get back to her bed. We left on Saturday, so the drive home wasn't bad at all. Traffic was pretty light until Lansing.

1 comment:

  1. I lived in the Manistee Michigan area for 5 years1 Now i'm "home" sick!