Spring is just around the corner! I saw seven robins today, a sure sign winter is on the way out. We’ve been lucky this year in Michigan. It has been a mostly mild winter, but man, the last several days have been so cold. Our latest adventure took us on a weekend trip to the shores of Lake Huron. We walked along the beach and within 5 minutes my cheeks were so frozen I could not feel the tears streaming down them from the wind in my eyes. When we made it back to the car I looked like a raccoon from the mascara dripping down my face. I had to sit on my hands for a while until feeling came back in my fingers. But just wait until you see these pictures.
H & H Bakery in Pinconning
We woke early in the morning on Saturday and headed towards the coast of Lake Huron to Pinconning. Our first stop was for breakfast at H & H Bakery and Restaurant. This place might appear to be just another small town breakfast restaurant, but it has something special. The breakfast is amazing, affordable and the portions are generous.
We had a lovely meal that reminded me of mornings at my grandparents on my mom’s side of the family when I was as kid. My grandma would always cook scrambled eggs in the same pan the bacon was cooked in, right in that bacon grease. The scramble I ordered had those same tastes. It’s good home cooking, nice and simple. Lee’s breakfast was a standard eggs, bacon and potatoes with a side of biscuits and gravy. The gravy was delicious but had a slightly different flavor than your standard biscuit covering. He said it tasted like it was made with some kind of broth or stock in addition to milk.
Fueled up on coffee and bacon, we hopped back in the car to go further north. Along the way we stopped at a few of the roadside parks to check out a creek or a river and to let the dog stretch his legs.
Finally we made it to Alpena, where we would rest our heads for the night.
Sunrise on Lake Huron
The hotel we chose to stay at had the perfect location for getting up early and walking out to the beach to greet the sun. I’ve been wanting to watch a Lake Huron sunrise for years, and was very excited to get this item crossed off my bucket list. The place was $70 a night and pet friendly and we were satisfied. Be forewarned, the only hotel in Alpena on the shores of Lake Huron is not for the faint of heart. Bring your own pillowcases, towels, soap, cleaning supplies and anything else you might expect to be supplied for you/cleaned for you. The view is perfect, but the hospitality leaves quite a bit to be desired. I will not share graphic details. This blog is about breakfast and pretty sights, not dirty hotel rooms. Just be prepared if you choose to venture here.
The dog and I woke up before dawn and bundled up to head down to the snow covered beach. At first I was disappointed to see a skyline full of clouds, but once daylight broke it didn’t matter. We walked out to the end of the pier and watched the pink spill over the edge of the lake. The waves had created these sheets of ice that stacked on top of each other like panes of glass. I don’t know if we will ever see anything like that again. It was breathtaking. I have hundreds of pictures and it was hard to pick only a few to share, but enjoy these brief views. We’ll share day 2 of our adventure later this week. Stay tuned!