Yes, that’s right, tonight Jesse and I are flying out on a red-eye to our homeland of Michigan (aka the mitten). It’s always exhausting traveling home because the flight time takes over four hours (without layovers), and then there’s another four hours of driving to our hometown of Alpena after landing in Detroit. Regardless, the trip is always worth it and we’re always happy to go home for a visit, especially in the summertime. Summertime in Northern Michigan is where it’s at! Alpena is right on Lake Huron and there’s a couple of small inland lakes nearby as well. The weather gets hot and humid, but with quick access to water and friends that have boats, it’s all good. You know what else is cool? Alpena is on the 45th parallel, just like Portland!
Because I’m from (and Jesse too) a very small town, one of the hardest things when I go back is my food options. I don’t have too many options for high-quality meats and eggs and the produce choices are not as abundant as in Portland. It’s even hard to find good quality green or earl grey tea! It’s not like out here where I can easily find these things in my neighborhood Whole Foods (no Whole Foods in Alpena). I was thrilled to find out though that my mom found a local source for grass-fed beef, which is sold at the farmer’s market. Hoorah! I’m also extremely happy to hear that my mom is now buying grass-fed beef for her and my dad. I hope there’s still farmers at the farmer’s market that sell pastured eggs because that’s probably the only place to find them back home. If I can’t find pastured, I know there’s some organic choices at the grocery store. I’ll be sure to do a post about some of my finds while I’m home.
So, as you can probably guess, I like to pack some of my own goods when I travel back home. In the past it’s been as simple as a batch of blueberry almond four muffins, Larabars, homemade pecan butter and tea, but this time it’ll be a little bit different. I don’t need anything to eat on the plane since it’ll be nighttime, but it’ll nice to have some options for the car ride and in general. This time around, I’m packing:
Also to note, I’m going to do my best to post five days a week like I normally do, but in reality, it may be more like three or four times per week. I want to take advantage of my time at home since I don’t know when I’ll be back next. There’ll be lots of time spent with family and friends, and plenty of swimming, cooking and outdoor workouts!