Finally! After a long summer of being mostly at home, we’re on the road, headed to (largely unplotted) places unknown. Like every other geezer with an RV of some sort, Labor Day signals, for us, the beginning of our camping season – families are back at work/school. Campgrounds are quiet – ready for us to drop in, unannounced. Cooler weather. Ahhhhh….we’re ready for an extended camping trip of 60 days, or so.
After lots of discussion, we decided to head north, and I do mean NORTH! International Falls, MN – here we come! Right now, we’re at Burt Lake State Park, about 30 miles south of the Mackinac Bridge, which connects Michigan’s two peninsulas. We scored a great site right on the lake, protected by an enormous willow tree of some sort. No neighbors.One of the reasons for selecting this park was that was wanted to be able to cycle The North Central Trail to a large beaver dam, about 20 miles away, which we visited two years ago. It was truly an engineering marvel. Here’s a photo from 2013….We were hopeful of seeing evidence of new construction, and perhaps even spotting a beaver at work. What a disappointment to see that the dam/lodge have apparently been abandoned. Perhaps the Michigan DNR has relocated the beavers? Or, they’ve just moved on? There are lots of green plants growing atop the old structure, which still holds back a significant amount of water. But, it’s obviously not an active project. We are ridiculously saddened to see this abandonment.
We did cheer up a bit after stopping at a campground for our picnic lunch of a mortadella sandwich with a Michigan donut peach. I’ve seen them called Saturn peaches elsewhere, but in our area, they always seem to be known as donuts. Pure summer bliss.
On the way home, we purchase a whole smoked whitefish, intending to have an extraordinary Happy Hour feast, but we decided to save it for tomorrow. Check out the old smoker behind my bike – it was huffing away.
Our original plan was to head to Tahquamenon Falls State Park for a few days, and use it as our base to explore Whitefish Bay area. But now, we think we’ll stop first at Bay View Campground in the Hiawatha National Forest. It’s very close to an 1870 lighthouse, and overlooks the spot in Lake Superior where the Edmund Fitzgerald sank. We’ll hike/pedal around there for a few days, then move on to the Falls.
Having no agenda is the best agenda of all.