Sunday, October 9, 2011

Lakes and lakes...

We've been in Minnesota for a couple days now. We went from one big lake (Michigan) to a lot of small lakes, and I can't remember their names. It's been unseasonably warm here and in Michigan so I packed completely wrong. I brought boots and jeans and everyone here is sunbathing.

We didn't have cell phone signals or the internet at his dad's house. When I say he lives in The Wilderness, I really mean it.

Trail in The Wilderness in Grand Haven

I thought we were going to have reliable phone signals at his mom's house, but apparently it's situated in a ravine so I go outside and hold my head at odd angles in order to complete a conversation. Speaking of phones, ours were turned off yesterday. Our friends in Germany have a cell phone waiting for our arrival so I guess that's the next time we'll be in the 21st century again.

I feel like I've spent most of the past week in the middle seat of an airplane or scrunched in the back seat of a car. I'm already tired of traveling and we still have a lot ahead of us. The conversations I've been having with my friends and family are beginning to feel a little sad. I know we'll still communicate when we're in Germany but it won't be as easy as picking up the phone and the time difference will make things less convenient.

I'm having fun with his family but I can't help thinking how nice it would have been to spend a relaxed week with my family too. My mom drove 2.5 hours one way to Georgia last week to spend only about 5 hours with me. We had lunch and said our goodbyes in the driveway. It was sad. Then my sister came on the weekend and we were able to spend a good amount of time with her, but then she had to rush off so we could go to the flea market and our goodbyes were said in the parking lot of Panera.

It's just hard to say goodbye in general. Moving would be so much easier if everyone you loved could live on the same street.

I think we're going to another lake tomorrow. They really meant it when they said Minnesota has 10,000 lakes.

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