2015 4th Up North: Happy Birthday, 'Merica!

July 14, 2015  •  1 Comment

So the whole Bill Ray clan owns this lovely home in Charlevoix, MI (but don't let the secret out to too many people!), and Bill and Kari and our friend Kurt just brought the house next door. It's walking distance to the beach, it's a short ride to any number of small towns and attractions, and it's just plain beautiful on its own. Northern Michigan is so beautiful. Thanks for letting me crash your 4th of July party. #sograteful!

DSC_0734The new house with the new deck. And yes. There's a firepit DSC_0738The original houseCurrently sleeps 18. Plus big dogs.

DSC_0741Uncle Bill and Aunt PegTLA DSC_0768Nine-tenthsWill really does love MI DSC_0807Hanging Out on the New Deck DSC_0984Adventures with Uncle Bill DSC_0008Pure Michigan DSC_0028Olivia and Mimi DSC_0032Happy Birthday Germ. ..er...'Merica! DSC_0070Rocco learns about plants from Uncle Bill DSC_0156Lily and the Bubbles DSC_0163Z loves 'Merica DSC_0238So does EllieSo pretty! DSC_0246So this chair. . . DSC_0250Doesn't really need a caption, does it? DSC_0264Happy Selfie! K8 and Jen DSC_0266Nate was in charge of the toastingThat makes him the Toastmeister DSC_0271Like Father Like SonNo truer words! DSC_0274Sparklers!

Perhaps you've heard of Shorts Brewery? Bellaire, MI. Amazing brews. Best. Server. Ever. Her name's Ruth. 

DSC_0763With RuruShorts Brewery. The Happy Place. DSC_0763With RuruShorts Brewery. The Happy Place.

Lily and I visited the Shrine of the Cross in the Woods and Burt Lake. She has a new hobby and some talent! #sohappy!

DSC_0860Largest cross in the USKRayProductions DSC_0935Contemplative TeenShe rocks

DSC_0780Yellowphoto by Lily Hess DSC_0781Orangephoto by Lily Hess



Rita Ray(non-registered)
nice, Kath. Thanks for sharing!
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