A Trip to Paradise (Michigan)

This past week, my mom, sisters, and I went to Paradise, Michigan for Run for the Light, a fundraiser for the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. It was a chilly but sunny weekend, and we had a great time!

My mom ran the half marathon, and nailed it! This was her second half, and she beat her previous time by 14 minutes. Go, Mom! We’re so proud of you!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI ran the 10K. I shaved 10 seconds off my previous 10K PR. It was such a small race, I won 2nd place in my age group.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbby couldn’t run because of her leg, so she volunteered at the finish to be the secondary timer.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd Naomi had a cold, so she couldn’t run either. She was our photographer!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter Mom finished, we stayed to check out the Shipwreck Museum–it was really great! We climbed to the top of the lighthouse (the oldest, still functioning lighthouse on Lake Superior) to see a view of Whitefish Point and the beautiful fall colors.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe buildings on the lighthouse grounds are open and house different exhibits. The light keeper’s house is beautifully restored to what it would have looked like around 1900. The coast guard building features old boats and lifesaving equipment. The museum itself had displays about shipwrecks on the Great Lakes.

More than running and museums, I simply enjoyed spending the weekend together. The night before the race, we lounged in the hot tub for awhile and relaxed in our room. After the museum, we stopped in St. Ignace to go out to lunch.  I love being able to spend so much time with my family!

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