Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Getting Muddy at Warren Dunes!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Getting Muddy at Warren Dunes!

We decided to skip a family cookout on Labor Day, and opted for the brilliant idea of going to the beach. Apparently 5 million other people had that idea too. When we got to our favorite beach they turned us away because they were out of parking spaces. My husband didn't drive almost an hour to be turned away and was determined he was spending his day at a beach. We ended up going down the road a few more miles and landed on Warren Dunes in Michigan. The line to get in was super long, and I though they would make us leave too, but once we made it through the gate we were home free baby! We've never been to this beach before, and I'm kind of glad we had the opportunity.

As we sat there, I kept seeing people walk by covered in mud. Kids were running around with big balls of clay mud, and since I hate being out of the loop, grabbed Mariah and told her we were going to find the source of it.

We ventured off the beach, walking through a little stream into the woods.


 Getting there was a bit of a challenge. There were a few obstacles to get around.


But we hit the jackpot within a few minutes of walking time. Remember those obstacles? You need to watch out for the roots in the water too. Mariah tripped over one and fell in, getting soaking wet. Being the great mother I am, I laughed and laughed at her. Karma didn't like that because I tripped and fell in on the way back :)



Of course, the best part of digging all that clay mud up is putting it on! I even brought a stash home to use for myself. What could be a better beauty treatment then clay mud straight from the earth?


How did you spend your Labor Day weekend?

46 comments:

  1. glad there weren't any gators in the swamp :)

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  2. A stream in the woods...how awesome is that! This looks like it was a wonderful time.

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    1. Back where all the clay mud was, there was a house right in the middle of those woods. Kinda felt bad for the people who live there having strangers digging around that close to their back yard. Then again, it would be cool to have a stream right in your back yard!

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  3. Looks like a great time indeed, can't say I'd be big on mud though haha

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  4. I spent my labor day weekend performing labor.

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  5. LOL at Adam.

    Those are fun pics. Did your daughter laugh at you when you fell? buahahahhaha

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    1. But of course! Tit for tat, you know lol.

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  6. How fun! I'd love to play in the mud!

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    1. I tried getting my hubby to play in the mud too. It was a no go :(

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  7. I haven't been Muddin in quite some time. I did have some clay that I used to put in my bath because it helped pull toxins out of my body... but I was afraid it would clog my drains. You found a better mud source than out of a box.

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    1. Definitely better than a box. No additives, just pure mud!

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  8. haha i love it---certainly a labor day you won't soon forget---we spent our day--going to nearby colonial williamsburg, where i purchased three beautiful baby dolls for my three youngest granddaughters for Christmas :)

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    1. That sounds like a lot of fun Lynn! I am sure the granddaughters are going to love them!

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  9. These pictures are very nice, I like that nice place to enjoy your free time!

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  10. Okay, I find this whole thing very hilarious. #1. Where do you have a beach near Ohio? Ocean beach or lake beach? Huh? #2. I am so glad you fell in too! Hahahahaha. #3. I would not have my camera near that water OR mud. How did you take those photos? My goodness gracious.

    Ya, that dress has that strange seam but trust me, it isn't the first dress I have had like that. But, when I tried in on, my ydd was with me and I declared, "I'm a little school girl!" Crazy huh? Trust me I started with the less appealing item from that sale to be the first item posted about. We only go uphill from there. Eeeek, bomber jacket for $5 will be the Finale!!!!! (you saw on IG?)

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  11. That looks like a wonderfully adventuresome mix of forest and beach. I wish I had a place like that nearby. Glad you got some souvenir clay mud too. It's good stuff.

    Keep smiling, Theresa.
    xoRobyn

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  12. These pictures look great and it looks like you all had so much fun. I love the nature aspect of it and all the learning involved for the kids.

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  13. Now you know where to go and get your "spa treatments" for free heehee

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  14. I loved that statement about how you laughed and laughed. I would have done the same thing to my daughter. Having natural mud can be quite an advantage--spa treatments and mud fights too. :)

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  15. Now that is a lot of mud. Reminds me of a farm I visited on Saskatchewan where I had to walk in knee deep mud. Too funny!

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  16. I can see how much you guys enjoyed :)

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  17. Haha I would have done the same thing too (laughed) except I would have been the first one to fall! Love the mud pics!

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  18. Oh wow, that looks like WAY more fun than going to the beach. How awesome and I love the pic of you with mud all over your face :)

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  19. Finding new places is the best! We actually opted to avoid the Labor Day crowds this year and stayed home to rest from everything else we'd done this summer.

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  20. When I was a teen this would have been fun, but I would not be walking around in unfamiliar water and most certainly would not be happy if I feel in and got muddy. Guess I'm official old now :)

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  21. Looks like both the kids and you had a great time! Love the pictures! Glad you took some of that home for later!

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  22. Looks like a blast! My kids would have loved it when they were young too!!

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  23. How fun! I would have loved to play in the mud....but I so don't do water I can't see my feet in...snakes scare me too much :/ I'm a crappy country girl huh?

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  24. That really turn into a fun day! My kids loved to play in the mud!

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  25. I love the beach idea for labor day. We had family over and lots of babies to play with.

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  26. We went to Warren Dunes YEARS ago when I was still in college. It was so much fun! We spent most of our times on the dunes and camping though. I don't remember the mud at all!

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  27. Oh my goodness this sounds like a lot of fun. My oldest daughter would enjoy this. Guess what? I would have laughed at her if she fell in as well. :)

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  28. Now that looks super fun! I laughed at your Karma comment...things like that happen all the time...lol. I didn't really do anything over the weekend, at least that was fun or exciting.

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  29. You look like a warrior with mud on your face. :-)

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  30. What a great way to spend Labor Day! Looks like you guys had so much fun!

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  31. Looks like you had a great time! Even though you didn't get to go to your favorite beach, you found a new place to visit! :)

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  32. what fun and great memories. thanks for sharing.

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  33. How fun! I have a little guy who would LOVE to spend the day playing in the mud!

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  34. Wow that does look like fun and mud combined. I think that is wonderful that you are able to do that with your children.

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  35. Great shots! I am glad you had an enjoyable Labour Day weekend Theresa!

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  36. That looks like a lot of fun! I didn't do anything special for Labor Day.

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