May 7, 2012

My Mini Vacation - Part 1

Oh what a weekend I had!  It started on Thursday, when my family, my parents and my sister and her family headed out to the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City.  We decided to make a lunch stop in Frankenmuth on our way.  I haven't been there in probably close to 10 years.  We chose to dine at the Bavarian Inn.  We all, of course, got the family style chicken dinner.  It was as I remembered.

After lunch we were back on the road and reached the lodge around 4:00pm.  Within minutes we were checked in and made it to our room.  The "standard" room is spacious enough, but not super fancy or anything.

After we settled in the room, the kids and I suited up and headed down to the water park.  To say it was awesome is an understatement!  We had a ball.

The water park has 3 large slides which require tubes and two smaller slides that are just regular water slides.  I loved them.  There is also a floating river, a small pool, a basketball pool, a children's water scape area, the main "jungle gym" water scape area and two Jacuzzis.  I was extremely impressed with the amount of life guards on duty and the overall cleanliness of the facility.  I'm looking forward to a return visit.

Thursday evening, after the park closed, the kids wanted to head over to the arcade.  Again, we spent some quality family fun time playing games and winning tickets for prizes.

On Friday, we spend the morning and early part of the afternoon at the water park.  We decided to take a quick trip over to the Sleeping Bear Dunes.  I love the dunes, but I do not love the hike up the dunes!  However, the kids were crazy quick and it was a real challenge for this momma to keep up!  But I did it and LOVED it.

I'm totally in love with my beautiful State!

Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of my mini-vacation.


Jessica @ Here(and)Now said...

wow, those are gorgeous pictures on the dunes next to the water. you have a beautiful family!

Samantha said...

My cousin had her bachelorette party at the Great Wolf Lodge in TC! I spent many summers in Traverse City, love it there. :)

Laura said...

Sounds like a great family trip! I am glad you had a good time!

Angie said...

The waterpark definitely makes up for the standard rooms doesn't it? We visit the one in Ohio and it's always a blast. My daughter LOVES it!!!

Can't wait for Part 2

Mrs. Weber said...

You seriously just took one of my favorite trips ever! I love all the spots you went to. I went to GWL a few years back with my nephews and we had a blast. I can't wait until my little one is big enough to enjoy it!

Thanks so much for linking up with My Michigan Memory!

every day is a journey said...

Heather, I am glad that you had a fantastic time.The pictures are amazing!!!.

Unknown said...

awe it looks like an amazing trip!
there's nothing better than being with famiy!! :)

I've never been to the lodge, but from the looks of it, i might have to go!!

:) Glad you had fun!!

Jennifer Kay said...

What awesome pics from the dunes, I should take my family that way this summer!

Cindy said...

I love seeing all the familiar stuff!! We love waterparks, too! I am out of breath just looking at the Sleeping Bear Dunes, but it's so pretty and worth the climb!