I feel so lucky to have had two such fantastic weekends away in a month. As an added bonus (because of my geographical positioning and timing) I was able to see lilacs and lupine in bloom in three different locations.

I also loved it that the places I stayed, both on Lake Superior and Amrum, were real homes. Our cabin this weekend has been owned by the same family since it was built in the 1920s and was filled with their personal memorabilia including a full recipe box with Grama Forsythe’s Cheese Dish recipe inside, children’s paintings from the 1960s of the cabin itself, books and photographs.

The North Shore of Lake Superior is one of my favorite places. It is deeply ingrained in me—we have returned year after year, often several times in one year, since I was four. I find it constantly coming to the surface in my work and in my thoughts so it was good to visit again after a two year absence.

Best of all was spending time at such a special place with some of my favorite people and animals.