1) spend as much time at the beach or on a boat that I could.
2) spend time with friends that lived outside of Cleveland who I always "said" I wanted to visit but came up a million and one excuses not to.
Mission freaking accomplished.
My friend Nadine and I headed to Michigan (get your Michigan jokes out of the way now....) to spend the weekend with a college friend who I hadn't seen in at least two years.
After a quick 3 hour drive to her house, we caught up over a few bottles of wine and discussed important topics from politics to our love of the Nordstrom catalog. Deep conversations, I tell ya!!
|an evening of wine, friends and butt-shaped cake pan|
We headed out on Lake St. Clair to an area called Muscamoot Bay where I was told was a mix of Put-in-Bay meets Mardi Gras meets Spring Break. I wouldn't have believed it until I saw it but tons (not kidding you!) of boats all tie together for the entire day, creating this guantlet of sorts down the middle where you walk through and mingle with other boaters.
|Boats beginning to line up|
Don't believe me? Check out this video that shows just what the party was like.
People walk through the guantlet with their floating coolers wit dogs sometimes sitting on top of them, 50-year-old men have beads to offer to girls like Mardi Gras and you can even happen along a floating beer pong game, where I swam away as the winner! (Sidenote: We chose to leave our iPhones safe and dry on the boat while we waded through the boat gauntlet.)
|Celebrating being together on a random Saturday in August|
|Our weekend host Elaine with Nadine|
|See ya later, Muscamoot!|
|Brunch at Toast|
There you have it - all my summer trips have wrapped up! From Charlotte to my getaway to Catawba to the countless weekend afternoons I spent in Lake Erie and laying out on the beach relaxing with a good book and friends, I thoroughly enjoyed each and every day of summer 2012.
Maybe....just maybe I have a Put-in-Bay trip left in me.....