Manistee National Forest

A few weekends ago my family convened on the west side of the state for a little mid-summer camp trip. The weekend was filled with a lot of laughs, and even more mosquitos. Here in Michigan people have been talking about how this was going to be a banner year for mosquitos because of all the rain and melted snow – and they’re not joking around. I’ve never experienced anything like it. Yikes. The beach was the only respite. But the weather was gorgeous, complete with exciting thunderstorms at night. We ate like kings, and were re-introduced to the magic of pie irons. Oh, the possibilities! I felt like Bubba Gump listing out all the ideas for what to concoct in the pie iron over the fire. (Forrest Gump? Not a timely reference, I know.) It was fun to camp with my brother and his family, something we’d never done before. Lake Michigan never disappoints, that’s for sure. It’s always a little different, which is always good in my book.
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Canadian Camping

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I would say the only, and I mean ONLY downside to traveling, especially camping, is the inevitable disaster that your home becomes before and after the trip. Or is that just my house? We’ll commiserate and pretend its everyone… I hope you’ll excuse my blogging absence, as I’ve been trying to reclaim our space from the camping gear and laundry that’s accumulated in every room.

This past weekend – from Thursday night to Monday night – we were in the great north, about two hours from Sault Ste. Marie, at Lake Superior Provincial Park. How did we get there? Turns out the world is pretty serendipitous. After running into a friend a baseball game, we were talking about fall plans, and she began telling us of this amazing camping trip she goes on every year to Canada – and that we should join the group this year. I’m not sure how serious she was at the time, but things escalated, and soon we were making packing lists and checking the weather! So, that’s how we ended up taking a long weekend in a magical northern paradise… Continue reading