A few pictures of our condo:
The kids room (Keenan and Moriah each slept a night on the pull out couch)
Philip and I had the loft
(One of the coolest things about this place was the tiny) washer and dryer in a closet off the bathroom - I love being able to do laundry on vacation!!)
First up, we hit the ski lift to try out the Alpine slide!
Moriah and I rode up together
Philip and Caleb ready to go
Keenan was super excited about this!
(I love the employee photo bomb!)
Woohoo! It was so much fun!
Showing the lift up and the slide down
Caleb and Moriah both had to ride with adults (which made us go Really fast!!)
Philip and Moriah racing Keenan
What a cool ride!
After dinner, we checked out bikes and went for a fun ride around the property.
Caleb got to ride in a little trailer
After we turned our bikes in, we grabbed our discs, took the lift back to the top and disc golfed 9 holes down! Well, there was actually Quite a bit of uphill and downhill and back up hill before we came all the way down. It was pretty intense! Super fun though! Philip played really well and hit the base of the goal from several hundred feet away on one hole, and I got a 50 foot putt on the same hole!
The phone pics don't really show it, but it was Gorgeous up there!
The light was beautiful
We all slept Very well after this day (that started out back at Sleeping Bear Dunes!)
This cutie joined me for a peaceful breakfast out on our patio that overlooked the golf course
I must have forgotten my tea infuser at the cottage in Ontario (boo), so I had to get creative and emptied out a tea bag, put my own tea in it and tied it back shut - it worked perfectly! (I was bummed when the house keeping lady threw it out though... I still had another steep left!)
On Monday morning we headed to the water park (a stone's throw from our door) first:
Moriah and Keenan on the "floating steps" obstacle
Caleb trying to spray me
Caleb took this one, not bad!
Giving it a try
Thumbs up after swimming to Mommy
Next we did rock climbing and the ropes course. This was Caleb's first time ever rock climbing!
All set to go
Chatting with his new friend, Rachel, before starting
I LOVE this picture
He loved it!
He did so great and went all the way to the top!
Coming back down
Moriah on the ropes course
There goes my hottie
At the second platform
The last part was where it "got real!"
I think Moriah probably lost count of how many times she did this!!!
Philip on the last part
Ziplining back to the start!
I took this one to show that you go right over the pool! =)
Keenan on the wall
At the top after ringing the bell!
I like how this one is sort of a silhouette
Smiley kids waiting to climb
Keenan tried every level and did all but one!
My turn on the ropes course!
On the platform together
Me zipping and Keenan finishing up on the ropes
I love vacation!!! =)
I love this one Philip got of only sky
Moriah is a great climber, too!
So chill =)
Still cool, even though he inherited his sister's pink car seat ;)
Lunch at Crystal Cafe in Benzonia (it was Amazing!!)
On the evening of the 25th, we hiked at the Michigan Legacy Art Park... It is a 1.5 mile loop on 30 acres and includes at least 40 works of art, scattered along the trail - way cool!
"Table and Chairs No. 3"
"Satisfaction from Nature"
(a cool relief map of Lake Michigan)
Not sure what this is called
This is called "Stockade Labyrinth" and was the highlight for the kids!
We got to go inside and it was huge!
Another beautiful bench, carved out of a single piece of wood
This mushroom was growing out of a bench!
"Big Two-Hearted" (this was a cool river bed with a fish swimming up stream and each rock had an excerpt from a Hemingway story on it)
"The Wheels of Progress" (this was Philip's favorite)
"Frog" (my favorite picture from this walk)
My favorite part of the walk was when we saw a deer run through the woods! It was Not the time of day that deer are usually out and we were Not being quiet, so it was such a special thing!
Us at the end
We pushed dinner back and went and rode the Alpine Slide two more times and got in some more rock climbing...
Caleb was a little emotional (and tired) this time, so he wanted someone to climb beside him. I climbed beside him, and you can see Keenan around the corner, doing another climb!
...and then Moriah
...and since I was already suited up, I decided to try a more challenging one
Riah and I climbing together
I was using the auto belay system here, so it took me a while at the top to be courageous enough to let go and trust the rope! =)
Then Philip climbed with Caleb, hoping to encourage him to go to the top
...but he was just too spent and emotional =)
After dinner we drove about 20 minutes to a gorgeous scenic point where we could watch the sun set over Lake Michigan!
I love these four
Our sweet Riah
I like this one that Keenan took
...and sometimes they're so precious together
...and so ended our time at Crystal Mountain. It Was SO much fun!!