Our camping trip to Nordhouse Dunes was divided into two distinct segments. John and I arrived on Wednesday, established camp, and did our usual hike/bike/read/relax thing. So wonderful just to park our fat butts and do nothing. On Sunday, everything changed. John escaped to head farther north with three buddies to tent camp and bike for five days. Yea! Jezzy and I get the Fireball all to ourselves for the first time!
Caroline towed her Camp Inn teardrop trailer up to join us for a few days. With her mountain bike perched on the car rooftop, she made a splashy entrance into the campground, and he snazzy rig was the object of many envious glances all week. Everyone wanted to peer in the window, and check out her amazing clamshell kitchen. With a tongue-and-groove hatch, and stainless countertop, it’s a camping machine. She and Greg have thousands of miles on it in the five years (or so) they’ve owned it, including a three month trip to Alaska.
Caroline and I solidified our friendship years ago on bicycles. We’ve traveled on bikes to Spain and New Zealand, and at least six states. Riding the beautiful wooded trails and gravel roads in NW Michigan was our goal, and we made the best of it. Gravel and sand, sunny and shady, we spent three terrific days on our bikes, precariously riding beyond our capabilities at times. What a hoot. Lots of great sights on lightly traveled roads/trails.
Did I mention that I finished four books in 10 days? (one was 700+ pages). Bliss…..
Caroline had to leave after a few days, so Jezzy and I had a bachelorette pad for three days of our own. Lucky Jezzy had endless hours on the the leash, with me catering to every whim of sniffing this leaf and that stick. What I didn’t cover on two wheels, I walked with Jezzy.
One interesting sight in camp involved a large motorhome, in which lived two adults and three enormous dogs. These folks actually had to run their generator in order to power their dog’s blow-dryer. Not sure how I feel about that (but the dogs were adorable – a Newfie and two Leonbergers.) We were pleased to be able to keep the Fireball powered up for 10 days with our 120W solar system, despite the challenges of a VERY shady site.
John was finally delivered back to camp by his friends, after five wonderful days in Empire. Great cycling in the area of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. Most beautiful area in Michigan.
Now we’re back home, and find that we’ve got mutant squirrels living nearby. I thought I had spotted an albino squirrel one day while walking with Jezzy. Not albino, just squirrels with white tails! Gary Busey has kind of a mangy tail, and is easy to spot. Farrah Fawcett has a huge, fluffy tail. There are two more, but this is the first time I’ve seen any two together.
Should be an interesting weekend coming up, as we’re heading out in the Fireball. Going to crew for a bunch of crazy cyclists riding 100 miles of dirt roads and two-tracks on The Night Shift.