Great Lakes Adventure part 1: Lake Michigan

Our Cozy Den's Great Lakes Adventure! ~ All 5 Great Lakes in 10 Days!!

Wow, that was an amazing trip. We hit all 5 Great Lakes in 10 days, swimming in every one of them. I took probably a thousand pictures, but I’m going to break my blog posts up into 5 posts: one for each lake.

Today, let’s talk about our time at our first stop: Lake Michigan! We also visited Mackinac Island during our stay at Lake Michigan. (Yes, I am aware that it’s actually in Lake Huron. But we saw it while we were at Michigan, so I’m lumping it in now. Lake Huron is later!)

Our Cozy Den's Great Lakes Adventure! ~ All 5 Great Lakes in 10 Days!!
We stayed at Wilderness State Park, an amazing campground RIGHT on the beach!
Our Cozy Den's Great Lakes Adventure! ~ All 5 Great Lakes in 10 Days!!
View of the campsites from the beach — just steps away!
Our Cozy Den's Great Lakes Adventure! ~ All 5 Great Lakes in 10 Days!!
The kids ran off and played in the woods!
Our Cozy Den's Great Lakes Adventure! ~ All 5 Great Lakes in 10 Days!!
I loved that I could let them run free, exploring and just being kids!
Our Cozy Den's Great Lakes Adventure! ~ All 5 Great Lakes in 10 Days!!
Lake Michigan!
Our Cozy Den's Great Lakes Adventure! ~ All 5 Great Lakes in 10 Days!!
Playing in the water!
Our Cozy Den's Great Lakes Adventure! ~ All 5 Great Lakes in 10 Days!!
The beaches were soft and beautiful
Our Cozy Den's Great Lakes Adventure! ~ All 5 Great Lakes in 10 Days!!
The water was SO clear!
Our Cozy Den's Great Lakes Adventure! ~ All 5 Great Lakes in 10 Days!!
SO excited for our first beach day!
Our Cozy Den's Great Lakes Adventure! ~ All 5 Great Lakes in 10 Days!!
Cooking our dinner over the fire!
Our Cozy Den's Great Lakes Adventure! ~ All 5 Great Lakes in 10 Days!!
Our first of many campfire dinners around the picnic table!
Our Cozy Den's Great Lakes Adventure! ~ All 5 Great Lakes in 10 Days!!
Gorgeous sunset over the lake!
Our Cozy Den's Great Lakes Adventure! ~ All 5 Great Lakes in 10 Days!!
And sunrise was just as breathtaking!
Our Cozy Den's Great Lakes Adventure! ~ All 5 Great Lakes in 10 Days!!
Day 2 we went to Mackinac Island, a quaint little island with no cars. People travel around on foot, by bicycle, or horse & buggy.
Our Cozy Den's Great Lakes Adventure! ~ All 5 Great Lakes in 10 Days!!
While on Mackinac Island, we visited the Butterfly House, an awesome little place with thousands of butterflies frolicking around. It was like being in a cloud of them!
Our Cozy Den's Great Lakes Adventure! ~ All 5 Great Lakes in 10 Days!!
The butterflies were everywhere!
Our Cozy Den's Great Lakes Adventure! ~ All 5 Great Lakes in 10 Days!!
We climbed about a million stairs to the top of Arch Rock…
Our Cozy Den's Great Lakes Adventure! ~ All 5 Great Lakes in 10 Days!!
And took a super fun bike ride around the island!

Lots of swimming & hiking at this lake! I think Lake Michigan wins the award for SOFTEST SAND!

Stay tuned for more about the rest of our Great Lakes Adventure!

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