Sunday, October 18, 2015

Little House in the Big Woods

We moved into a new house! It's been very quiet around the blog lately.  The move is the main reason why that's been happening.  Our new rental house was only about 1000ft from our old rental house (it's literally right around the corner), but it still took a ton of work.  We are finally all moved in though!

Our main reason for moving was because our old house was totally furnished, which is nice, except that you are constantly tip-toeing around other people's stuff.  And when I say furnished, I mean furnished down to the last dish, blanket, towel, and even cleaning supplies.  It was a great house, but we've outgrown having other people's stuff around.

One HUGE bonus to our new house is the wood burning stove! We paid roughly $300/month for heat last winter, which we weren't super keen to do again. This year we are lucky to have an (almost) brand-new stove to heat the house.  We've already started using it, which is awesome because we got our first snowfall this weekend.  Yikes!

Things are still in the "unpacking" phase at our house.  As soon as we get things a little more settled I will post pics of the inside.  It's a very cute house and we are excited to be living in it!

Your turn...What is your favorite thing about your house?
Currently listening to...Hold On - Alabama Shakes

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Things to Do on Beaver Island: The Big Rock

One of the many, many exciting (and slightly silly) things to do on Beaver Island is visiting the Big Rock.  Seriously, it's on the map.
My dad was the first one to make it to the top.
Only 20% of the rock is actually visible, so it is a really big rock. Locals and tourists alike cruise out to Fox Lake Road and attempt to run up the side of the rock. It's usually accompanied by going on a boodle (aka a drive around the island that occasionally involves adult beverages). Boodle is a commonly used phrase on the island.  It's typically a summer activity, which often involves putting a picnic table in the back of a pick-up truck.

Jenny (step-mom) pretending to move it.

Dad and I on top of the rock.
Big Rock is a favorite cruising destination for islanders.  It's fairly far out and requires driving down some of our more interesting roads, which is saying something since all our roads are sand/gravel.  The roads out in this area are fantastic for cruising because they are narrow and heavily wooded.  Picturesque tree tunnels line the entire roadway. It's a great place to spend a leisurely weekend afternoon.  There's never another soul on the roads and you can set your cruise control at 5mph.  Perfect weekend cruising.

Currently listening to…Honey Won't You Let Me In - Tallest Man on Earth
Your turn…What are some of your favorite cruising spots?