Weekend Recap: Hiking, Flea Markets, and Outdoor Movie Night!

Hi! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I feel like it’s weird that I sometimes recap my weekends on Tuesdays, but since Monday’s posts are for meal plans, Tuesday it is. Plus, it always takes me a day to adjust and accept that the weekend is over ;).

This weekend was a fun one! Saturday we were busy the entire day, which is very unlike us (ha!). We made up for it on Sunday by watching the new season of Iron Fist. I already talked about but I loved this season and thought it was better than the first–so if you weren’t sold on the first season, give it a chance. Somehow Ward has become my favorite character–he’s the worst but the best.

Anyway! Let’s get back to Saturday. We started the day by heading out to a Halloween Garage Sale at a skate rink. There was so much good stuff! I only ended up buying a couple of pins and a couple of vintage pop-up books, but it was fun to look at everything.

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From there, we stopped at a thrift store nearby. We found a few good shirts as well as some items for the porch Halloween display we’re working on. I’ll definitely post pics when we’re done…. hoping to have it up soon.

After shopping, we moved on to our next destination: Maybury State Park for a hike.

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How creepy is this tree? It looks like eyes!

On our hike, we talked about how fun it would be to have a haunted hike. I love hiking in the woods, but it always creeps me out a bit, even during the day. Can you imagine going at night? We won’t do jump scares but just have people running around through the trees so that you see strange shapes and noises. Maybury actually used to be the site of a tuberculosis sanitorium from 1919 to 1969. It was eventually torn down and converted to the park. They still have the sign; I’ll have to grab a picture next time. It’s the perfect site for a haunted hike. Who’s in!? 😉

After our hike, we grabbed food and headed over to my sister-in-law’s house to celebrate my nephew’s birthday. He turned 11! I can’t believe it. It feels like he was just a toddler trying to steal sips of our Slurpees. To keep the party going, we had them over to watch a movie in our new backyard set up!!!

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Don’t look at our grass, please.
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We didn’t watch Spiderman 3, I just clicked on a movie to test the sound. Don’t worry.

I’ve been wanting to do this for such a long time, and this year, we finally made it happen!! I’m so excited to watch movies in our backyard, especially with fall and Halloween approaching. I might do another post on our set up, if anyone is interested? We did this pretty cheaply.

We watched Little Shop of Horrors, which I’d actually never seen. I saw it live on a 7th grade trip to Washington D.C., but I’d never gotten around to seeing the movie.

It was fun, and I hope he had a good time!

Next morning, we woke up bright and early(ish) to head out to Greenmead Flea Market. They do the market twice a year, and I always think of it as the unofficial “beginning” and “end” to summer. (You can see what I found at the first one here.)

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Flea market scores–can you tell we were born in the ’80s?

We’re pretty cheap when it comes to flea market shopping and mostly end up grabbing knick knacks and nostalgic items (AKA, things we don’t need). I was super stoked to find some more Halloween McNuggets to add to my collection. My husband got Super Mario World and a Mario toy and was happy to add another Earthworm Jim figure to his collection. I was excited about the Krumm figure (Aaahh! Real Monsters, anyone?), and we got that Bob’s Burgers Funko for $! There are also some window bobbleheads, a brass bat key holder, flying bat Halloween decoration, a couple of patches (really love the Michigan State Park Camper one), Barlow’s Guide to Extra-Terrestrials, some cassettes, and a Harley koozie.

It was cold and drizzly, so after we left the flea, we grabbed some coffees and headed home to sweatpants and the couch. It was the perfect balance of busy and relaxed all weekend.

Now we’re almost halfway through the week! How about that. Have a good one!

Tell me: How was your weekend? Do you like flea markets? Are you down for a haunted hike!?

 

That time we saw Murder by Death play in a cave 333′ below ground…

Did you miss part 1? Catch up here!

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Awesome concert poster as part of our Kickstarter reward package.

A couple weeks back, we trekked to Tennessee to see Murder by Death play Cumberland Caverns. This was a reward for supporting the Kickstarter campaign for their new album (which comes out Friday!!). For those going to the show, they were also offering a camping weekend, which we happily took advantage of. I can’t think of anything better than camping to see my favorite band!

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Let the fun begin!

After our stay in a yurt in Kentucky, we woke up on Saturday and continued the drive down. We stopped in Lexington to get lunch. After we struck out at our first choice (they had no power), I was super happy to come across a place with vegan options! It was meant to be.

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The “Lucy” at Minton’s at 760

We ate at Minton’s at 760, and I enjoyed the “Lucy”: a sausage topped with vegan sriracha mac and cheese! It was AWESOME. I also had a kale salad on the side because life is all about balance, right?

After lunch, we continued on down to McMinnville, Tennessee. Once we arrived at the caverns, they directed us to the camping spot. Cumberland Caverns doesn’t traditionally do outdoor camping, so there were no formal sites. This was actually the first time they hosted a group for camping, which was cool. We were set up in a big field with porta potties and a group fire spot at night. To get to the field, we had to drive down an insane narrow and winding road. We have a 4WD vehicle, but we were wondering how people with smaller cars made it back there–my ‘lil Chevy Aveo would not have handled it well!

We were one of the last few to arrive on Saturday, so we set up camp toward the middle of the field (the treeline was full). It was all good though!

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Camp set up (we forgot to snap an earlier pic…this was from packing up on Monday morning).

MBD was playing two shows, but we were only going on Sunday night. Most of the people at the camp were attending the Saturday show, so we hung out and made dinner. We cooked veggie burgers, which was a big deal for us, haha! We are typically “hot dogs in the fire” people, so this was really stepping our game up.

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Camp food!

Once everyone got back from the show, there was a big group fire, so we hung out and chatted a bit. Somehow, all the people from Michigan found each other, ha ha. There was a creek right by the camp, so some people went swimming. It was fun! We accidentally drank all of our beers and went to bed.

On Sunday, we wanted to explore. It was supposed to rain, but we decided to take our chances. I’m so glad we did! The weather worked out once again, and aside from some brief sprinkles, it was a nice day. We headed over to Rock Island State Park for some hiking.

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Rock Island State Park

We started with a ~3 mile nature loop. It’s so nice being out in the quiet of the trees. After, we wanted to try and find some of the waterfalls at the park. We ended up at an area where a bunch of people were hiking down to a swimming hole. We had come prepared with our suits, so we changed and started to head down.

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See that group of people down there? That’s where we hiked down to swim.
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Partway through the hike.

I have to laugh at myself. The hike was across slippery rocks, and there was no clear path. We had to double back a few times. I get nervous hiking on rocks like this, so I was moving so slowly and gripping my husband’s hand tightly at some points. I almost slipped several times. But dang, if everyone else could do it, I could, too.

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Views from the park.
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It was overcast but perfect weather!

After what seemed like forever, we made it down to the swimming hole!

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We made it!

The water felt so nice after hiking down. It was a deep water area, so once you went beyond the ridge, the water dropped off.

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I’m actually a ghost.

People were doing flips off rocks into the water, but I stuck to sitting on my rock.

After swimming/sitting for a bit, we hiked back. We were laughing because the hike back up probably took less than 15 minutes. It felt like it took us forever to get down! Rock Island was beautiful, though, and it was a fun way to spend the day. We never did get to the falls–we’ll have to go back! One nice thing about Tennessee State Parks is that they are free to the public! We only explored one section of the park–there were a lot more trails and a number of waterfalls.

Whew! OK–you guys are here to hear about a concert, right?

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The entrance to the cave.

Once we made it back to camp, we got ready for the show!! We walked through the cave a bit to the stage set up.

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Concert area.

The cave stays a constant 56 degrees F, which was super comfortable for a concert setting! It was large enough to hold a few hundred people (I’m not sure of the max capacity), but it felt intimate. We got there when doors opened to grab a seat. We also had to pick up our Kickstarter merch, including the signed poster. After about an hour, the show kicked off!

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Murder by Death!

The sound in the cave was amazing! MBD played a bunch of songs from their new album, but a bunch of older songs, too. They played for close to 2 hours, which was awesome. Their dog, Robocop, even made an appearance!

It was such a fun night and a fantastic show. The whole weekend was awesome. It was fun to spend time with a dedicated group of people who love the band as much as you do. Everyone was friendly and respectful to the space–the venue was super impressed because the campers left behind zero trash.

I love MBD’s music–all the way from when I first saw them open for My Chemical Romance back in 2003–but they also do so much cool shit for the fans. You might remember that we saw them play the Stanley Hotel back at the start of the year. We also saw them play in a lagering cavern in Kentucky a few years back as part of another Kickstarter campaign. It’s been fun to see their music evolve and change over the years, but they never disappoint. Make sure to check out the new album, titled The Other Shore, on Friday–I love it.

WOW. Are you guys still here? If you hung through this entire post, thank you!

Tell me: Have you ever traveled to see a band play? Do you like hiking?

 

 

 

Weekend Recap: Hiking, Vegan Soft Serve, and Flea Market Finds

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday. I always find that I hit my groove on Tuesdays. On Mondays, my primary goal is just to make it through the day, but on Tuesday, I’m ready to tackle other things.

How was your weekend? I hope you haven’t forgotten it already. Mine was a pretty good one, with lots of time spent outside! I’ve been feeling in desperate need of a vacation lately. Now that the weather is nice, I can’t wait to go camping. We couldn’t get away this weekend, but spending time outdoors helped me recharge.

Now, onto–err, back to?–the weekend!

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Had to kick off Friday with a beverage. This is delicious! You can really taste the raspberry. This might be a new go-to for summer.

On Saturday, we woke up and went to breakfast before driving out to Indian Springs Metropark for a hike. We actually got married there, and we haven’t been back since the wedding.

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Wedding venue at Indian Springs

I was immediately flooded with happy memories when we saw the ceremony and reception sites. We had such a fun wedding. Our anniversary is this month–maybe I’ll do a wedding post?

My husband has been wanting to go hike some of the trails ever since the wedding, so we finally made it back. The weather was perfect for hiking–the sun came out later in the day, but it started out cloudy and cool.

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Woodland Trail
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The only problem was that I forgot to bring bug spray. The mosquitos were out in full force!
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Greenery

Indian Springs is a nature preserve, and they work to maintain the natural habitats of the area. Even the venue is eco-friendly, with natural heating and cooling systems (read: no air conditioning). The park is actually known to be home to the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake–the only poisonous snake in Michigan–but luckily, we did not encounter any.

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Timberland Lake

We hiked out to this little lake at back, which was around 3.5 miles. We walked around a bit more and came across this maze.

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Adventure Maze

Sure, why not? We split up to see who was the better of the two. We kept ending up on the same path, so it sort of defeated the purpose. It was fun though.

By then the sun was beating down, so we got ready to leave. On the way home, we made a detour for a mythical creature I’d only heard rumors about: vegan soft serve.

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Vegan twist!

I’d heard about Dairy Twist Cafe and its vegan offerings, but it’s a bit of a drive from where we live. Since we were in the area, I had to stop.

I worked at a local ice cream shop for several (probably too many) summers. We could eat while on shift, and I never, ever got sick of it. Ice cream is my kryptonite, and I didn’t think I’d get to enjoy soft serve once I went vegan! Their soft serve is soy-based, and it was SO good! They also offer several flavors of hard ice cream, and some of the flurry (aka blizzard) mix ins are vegan, as well.

(Side note: they were promoting a cone rolled in Cheeto dust and Cheeto flurries. No joke. Why!?)

After a few more stops, we finally made it home to revisit the couch.

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We watched the Discovery series Manhunt: Unabomber on Netflix over the weekend, and it was so good. I’ll include it in another Couch Life series soon.

We weren’t ready to be done outside, though. To keep cultivating a camping feel, we had a fire in the backyard.

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Don’t mind all those sticks in the background… yard work is a work in progress.

A couple more hours, and then we were ready to head inside. We had plans in the morning!

My unofficial start to summer each year is the Greenmead Flea Market, a local flea market that hosts two annual events (summer and fall). We always find at least a few good items, and it’s fun to walk around and look at everything.

We usually try to get there early so we’re one of the first ones in, but the forecast looked like rain. Sure enough, it started pouring about an hour before the start. It looked like it was going to let up after noon, so we opted for an early showing of Solo.

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Solo

I’ll plan to discuss this more too, but overall I enjoyed it.

After the movie, the rain had mostly cleared, so we made our way to the flea.

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Flea market haul

It looked like a lot of vendors didn’t set up due to the weather, but we still had some decent finds: Rock the House vinyl, some 90s Red Wings tees, vintage tarot cards, pins, and a vintage bar sign. We have a few other similar signs that we’ve found at flea markets–maybe now I’ll finally hang them up ;).

Whew. We spent the rest of the day watching TV and relaxing. All in all, it was a great weekend!

Tell me: How was your weekend? Do you like going to flea markets? Have you seen Solo?