Two with nature

28 Aug

Christopher and I decided today was a day for exploring the natural beauty of the area. We spent a wonderful, relaxing afternoon at Muskegon State Park. It cost us $8 for a state park day pass, and it was so worth it!

We went for a short hike on a trail that goes from Snug Harbor, a picnic area, boat launch and small inlet off Muskegon Lake, to Lost Lake, a little, shallow lake filled with lily pads and surrounded by tall grass and coniferous trees.

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We drove south to the beach along Lake Michigan, laid out our towels and sunbathed for just a little while.

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We ventured to the shore and into the water and swam for more than a half-hour. It was awesome! It was like swimming in the ocean (which I’ve done in Hawaii, California and Florida) but without the salt! It was just plain fun.

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We headed toward home and stopped at The Station Grill to try their famous steak burgers. The joint is pretty cool; it’s modeled after a 1940s service station and has automobile-themed decor. The food was delicious, too. Christopher had a blackened burger with bleu cheese, and I had the “signature” burger with fried onions, bacon and soft bar cheese, which I determined is like the cold-packed cheese spread you find at every party in Wisconsin. Yum.

I also had this beauty:

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The Ruby Red Cooler features “drunken raspberries,” which basically are just vodka-soaked berries and lots of them, and a candy fruit slice as a garnish. Cool idea, right? I’ve never seen that anywhere, and I’m convinced it’s the best way to serve up a tasty, girly cocktail like this.

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