Pictures of the Week – Friday, May 25th

Happy Friday, folks!!

The last week has taken us into Michigan, Ohio and finally Illinois. We spent the majority of the week camping at Warren Dunes State Park before a brief trip through northern Indiana and a drive to Chicago, Illinois for the weekend.

Here are the shots we liked the best from the past 7 days.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Ah, the great outdoors – fresh air, beautiful landscapes, and plenty of wildlife. Luckily, none of the wildlife we have encountered at this point has been very scary. For example, take our friendly little neighbor at our Warren Dunes campsite. Let’s call him Ribbit.

Ribbit made his first appearance when Edie was walking back from the bathrooms one night. Edie’s first thought when she saw him? Grab the camera, of course! Although none of the nighttime shots worked out, Ribbit happily returned to visit during daylight hours a few times. Edie grabbed this shot of our little neighbor frog/toad (any readers able to identify exactly what Ribbit is?). We loved how bumpy he looked and how many different colors showed through on his skin.

Much to Knox’s dismay, Ribbit wasn’t too interested in playing.

Great Lakes

When you visit one of the beaches of the Great Lakes, it’s hard to tell that you aren’t visiting an ocean beach. You sure can’t see the other side of the lake! Knowing this, we wanted to go get a sunset picture and compare it to some of our ocean sunsets. That was easier said than done…

Our first night at the Warren Dunes campsite, we headed off down the trail that leads from the campsite to the dunes & beaches. An hour later when we still hadn’t found the beach, we gave up and trudged back through the woods to our campsite. The second night, we just drove over. Thankfully, we were rewarded with this gorgeous sunset over Lake Michigan. Given the number of other couples and families roaming the beach – the number of cars in the parking area – we weren’t the only ones who had wanted to watch it.

Share The Road

Although we haven’t made it to all of them, we at least consult 1,000 Places to See Before You Die before we visit a new state. Under Indiana, we found a listing for the Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market that described Shipshewana as a large Amish & Mennonite community. Since Edie’s Mom grew up in a rural part of Virginia with a large Amish & Mennonite population, Edie knows that the baked goods from these humble folks are out of this world. Thanks to her sweet tooth, we decided to make a side trip to Shipshewana. One pumpkin Whoopie Pie later, we weren’t disappointed.

As we headed away from the large market, we passed buggy after buggy, cart after cart, all drawn by horses much different than the ones running our F-150. Edie snapped this shot out the window of the truck of a young man driving a cart. When they say “share the road” around here, it may mean bicycles sometimes, but it also means buggies and carts!