I hesitated for a long time about posting these images. I am fiercely protective of my personal privacy, and my family even more so. Even these words I am about to say makes me feel like I am revealing too much. We are a group of nostalgic introverts - very loyal to each other and our memories that we share together, but very weary of letting others in. Becoming a part of the family is tough, and a lot of people have miserably failed along the way. But those who did make it and accepted our intensity are the best. I can't and don't want to imagine this trip without every single one of these personalities.
This collection of images is of our family vacationing at a lodge on the shoreline of Lake Superior. We spent a week in heaven, eating dinner together every night. These images do not document the rounds of Cards of Humanity we played, the booze runs, the time spent sitting out on the rocks under the stars with the waves of Lake Superior at our feet. But it does record a group of beautiful people that mean so much to me. A part of me gets melancholy looking at these - we lost our Sophie a few months ago and always thought without question that she would be on this trip with us. I imagine her in all of these images, teaching my Freyja how to be a patient & loving dog. I cry now, almost as hard as I cried the day she quietly left us. I see bits of her in Freyja's mannerisms and I am comforted. Her spirit lives on.
Here is to my family for trusting me to record them - I love you, and I hope these images will help us to relive this dreamy week in northern Michigan time & time again.
Please listen to this song by Evenings while you browse a mix of images from my camera and my phone. Enjoy.
Munising, Au Train and Marquette, MI.