On Monday we went to the Call of the Wild Museum. I always see the billboard advertisement on the expressway whenever we head up north but have never actually stopped there. Shauna wanted to take the boys to see all the animal dioramas.
I think they loved it but had more fun pressing the buttons to turn on lights and listen to narratives of the scenes. I didn't take too many pictures but the grizzly bear and a full grown moose are huge! I would hate to run into them in the wild!
We also went putt-putt golfing but I didn't take any pictures. I was trying to just be in the moment! Of course there was a gift shop and the boys got some new wildlife related toys!
Tuesday was a rainy day so we just kind of kicked back and took it easy.
On Wednesday we drove to Petoskey MI. Maxwell wanted to see a lighthouse so we walked down the pier so he could see the lighthouse (unimpressive) and watch the boats go by on Lake Michigan.
And of course no trip to Lake Michigan is complete without searching for Petoskey stones. I took this from Wikipedia
A Petoskey stone is a rock and a fossil, often pebble-shaped, that is composed of a fossilized rugose coral, Hexagonaria percarinata. Such stones were formed as a result of glaciation, in which sheets of ice plucked stones from the bedrock, grinding off their rough edges and depositing them in the northwestern (and some in the northeastern) portion of Michigan's lower peninsula.
I managed to find four of them in the 15-20 minutes I had to search for them. You have to look at or past the waterline because when they are dry they just look like any other stone.
We built sand castles for them to knock down a soon as were were done with them! We also dug a giant hole in the sand and Maxwell and Levi (with a little help from us) filled it with water using buckets and watering cans that I made them from laundry detergent bottles.