We had an incredible summer, that’s for sure. Not only was it 70 degrees or more for the vast majority of the summer in Anchorage (last summer, the average temperature was 48), but we also had great weather when we traveled to Michigan and California. It’s hard to leave Alaska in the summertime because it is so beautiful up here–20 hours of sunshine, wild flowers, hillsides of green, snow capped mountains, greenish blue glacial rivers, wildlife galore, and other sights that one can’t find anywhere else.
We did leave for two weeks to go to a wedding on the banks of Lake Michigan, and then proceeded to circumnavigate nearly the entire lake with stops in small coastal towns along the way. If we ever move, I am going to Petoskey, Michigan for sure. We ended with a weekend in Lake Tahoe where my parents met us and we helped a close friend complete the Western States 100 Mile Trail Run (in 120+ degree temperatures). This was one of my favorite vacations of all time and I saw parts of the country that I have never seen before.
With the rain pouring outside, I am sifting through pictures from our summer road trip. On the final night in California, the sun was massive, the water of Lake Tahoe was bluer than ever, and time with family was much appreciated. That night, I made this sparkling raspberry wine spritzer. It only consisted of sparkling wine that we toted from Michigan and fresh raspberries, but it was a memorable drink because of the memories involved.
On this cold and gloomy night, I am warmed inside thinking of all the friends, family, and loved ones we got to see this summer and all of the fun that we had. Ahhh……..now time to light the fire. 🙂
Sparkling Raspberry Wine Cooler:
- Pour your favorite sparkling wine into your drinking vessel of choice.
- Add fresh raspberries.
- Be thankful for your loved ones.