Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Fall Day at the Beach

Two weekends ago, after our morning at the apple orchard, Matt and I were feeling adventurous.  We'd made the almost 3 hour drive to Michigan, and we felt a little silly heading back to Chicago with so much of the afternoon left.  So as we paid for our bags of apples, I asked the man behind the counter, "What else is there to do around here?"  He looked a little confused at first, but after I explained we had some time to explore, he suggested we head to the beach.  He warned it would be windy, but assured us that we wouldn't complain once we saw the view.  And boy was he right.  It was BEAUTIFUL!

PA140122We headed to the small beach town of St. Joseph and found out we pretty much had the whole beach to ourselves.  I think there is something really special about exploring something during its "offseason."  Even when most people have packed up their umbrellas and beach towels, there's still so much beauty to discover.

PA140112It was crazy windy, and the waves were rolling in, but I couldn't stay out of the water!  I was so thankful I had my wellies on so I could splash around and have a little fun.

PA140123Isn't it divine?  Cameron did a great job at capturing the moment; I feel like I can still hear the grass blowing in the breeze.

PA140099Matt and I must have stood in this spot for almost an hour.  He'd wander off to take a few pictures, I'd wade out in the water, often squealing at how high the waves were getting.  I'd get lost in the moment, only to turn and see my man, bent down, taking pictures of some tiny beach detail.  It was so serene and comforting, just the two of us.

PA140141Eventually we ventured out on this narrow pier where we ran into a local who said he hadn't seen the waves so big in years.  We stood there for while, dodging right and left as waves rolled in, crashing over the railings.  It was so simple, yet so fun.  And with Matt and I spending Monday-Friday apart, days like these are even more special.

PA140109I've been whining for a beach vacation since our honeymoon, and though this wasn't quite what I had in mind, I milked it for all it was worth.  Cheesy sand writing and all :)

PA140126Just like a postcard!

PA140143After trying our hand at being beach explorers, we headed to Silver Beach Pizza for some dinner.  The restaurant was housed in the historic train station and had the yummiest pizza I've had in a long time!  The crust was perfect, not quite Chicago deep dish, but not quite thin.  A big accomplishment in my eyes.

PA140147We sat in their enclosed patio, which offered perfect views of the water, but the right amount of protection from the wind.  Did I mention I loved the pizza? :)

PA140140I'm so glad we asked the man at the orchard what was nearby and took the time to explore.  We often get so caught up in life's to do list, that we miss out on unexpected surprises.  And this little beach trip was certainly one I'll remember for a very long time!

PS: My blog got a ton of hits today, but my statcounter is acting up and won't tell me where people are coming from.  If you're new here or were referred from another blog/site, will you please leave comment letting me know how you got here?  Pretty please?  Thanks :)


L . Candy said...

Hi.. I'm from Australia but living in Auckland New Zealand. Stumbled across your blog and love it xx

Vanessa said...

Looks like a perfect day -- non-crowded beaches are the best. =)

Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blog for over a year -- don't quite remember how I found it, but you are too adorable! :) I don't have a blog of my own, but I promise I'm not a creeper haha I'm 21 & a senior in college, from central NY. Keep up the cute blog!

Anonymous said...

Looks like so much fun!! I love days like this where you just get to explore new places.

Anonymous said...

Sounds perfect! Love the red boots; how perfect were they for your beach trip?

Molly D said...

Michigan is one of my favorite vacation spots ever. We go up to the Traverse City area, and it is unbelievably gorgeous. I think it would be 6 hours or so for you but if you guys have a long weekend sometime you should definitely check it out!

Cigar Heiress said...

Looks like such a fun vacation! What brand are those boots?

GeneticsBeDamned said...

Hi there,
I myself do not have a blog, I am a blog stalker I suppose. Anyhow, I found your blog from keeping up with running off the reeses.

Anonymous said...

These are stunning photos!! What a fun day, beaches during off-season are my favorite :)

Olivia said...

looks like such a fun adventure!!! :) love those days