My Paradise - My Family Travels

Every year I travel to Michigan with my two sisters and my dad.  There are constantly things to do there.  Our family owns a cottage on S. Dune Highway in Empire, Michigan.  It might be a little chilly or windy sometimes, but there’s never a day that goes by there that doesn’t feel like heaven, there’s just something about it that I can’t explain.  Although it is small and it’s not a big fancy place in my mind it’s the best place to be no matter where I’ve been or where I go. Everyday we are on the beautiful, crystal clear, lake(Glen Lake). We tube, ski, knee board, wake board, and swim in the lake with our cousins, aunts, and uncles. This past year was even more fun since I got my boating license and was allowed to drive a SeaDoo by myself, so if there was ever a time we weren’t doing anything I got to go drive around the lake. There are also so many other things to do there.  About a mile down the road there is the Sleeping Bear Dunes, we always find a different hill to climb since they’re so big,and at the top of the main hill you can look out and see Glen Lake, sometimes we walk all the way across to Lake Michigan.  The closest town is Glen Arbor, there’s a lot to do there evethough it’s small. We get breakfast at Art’s Tavern a lot since we love the food (the hashbrown casserole and belgian waffles are kind of amazing) and the people are so nice.  There’s a place called Boonedocks, where we go to dinner with the whole family sometimes, they have a big deck outside and they always have a band playing.  They also have an ice cream and candy store that we go to a lot, and they have the best flavors.  We go shopping in town too, there’s the Totem Shop, Dune Wear, and Tiny Treasures. Usually we buy a lot of t-shirts, sweatshirts, and stuff for friends there.  There’s also a kayak and mini golf place called The River.  Since there is a small river they have kayaks we rent, then they drive us to the start of the river and we end up back at The River, then we mini-golf at the course that the family who owns it built, and usually they give us a free round.  If we’re in town we usually walk down to the beach and walk along Lake Michigan.  Some other things we do a lot are go to Empire Beach to swim in Lake Michigan or watch the sunset, and have fires to make s’mores.  It might not be an exciting, once in a life time thing to go here, but the 2 weeks I’m there is the best, most fun part of my year.  I get to do what I love and be surrounded by my family, and although we do a lot of the same stuff every year there’s always new memories.

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