Alt Title: It could have been worse.
Dear reader. This trip was taken during the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic. We as a family wore face masks in all public places. Avoided crowds as much as possible. We’re home now and spending time in self isolation. We plan to get tested. Stay safe. Wear a face mask.
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Sometimes the universe throws some curve balls. Like the weekend before we’re scheduled to leave, a branch comes down on a power line and pulls the mast connected to the power meter off the house.
Or on the way up, we stop at a rest stop, turn the car off and it won’t start again.
Or a tree ‘unexpectedly’ jumps out and hits your bumper.
Or your cell phone drops out of your life jacket as you’re getting out from kayaking on Lake Superior and you spend an hour looking for it.
It all could have been worse. But we got the power fixed the next day, remembered to bring the jumper cables and replaced the battery at an Autozone, the bumper popped back out, and a group of strangers helped me find my water proof cell phone under a layer of sand and water.
These are the stories that will go down in Shoo family folklore.
Before heading up to Michigan, we stopped at the Indiana Sand Dunes. We had planned to do a relatively short hike to the shore and then head up to Grand Rapids for the night. We arbitrarily picked a route and didn’t do the math. Three hours and 7 miles later. We were exhausted.
We had picked a cabin off the beaten path in upper Michigan in the lower peninsula. It was isolated and about a 20 minute drive from the nearest town. It was also less than five minute drive to a sweet fishing hole. Gray and I had a terrific time catching Bass, Pike, and a single Bluegill. This year Grayson has really taken to fishing.
We were just outside of Mackinaw City and a ferry ride from Mackinac Isl.
When on vacation and if possible we like to hit up as many National Parks as possible. Grayson has a National Parks Passport that we get stamped when we visit. We were a 2.5 hr drive from Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. We did a hike, had lunch, and climbed up one of the dunes.
We were another 2.5 hours away from Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore. On the way up Sarah had talked about doing a 7 mile hike to get see the shores. After all the fun in Indiana, Grayson and I said no-way! We compromised with 2 hours of kayaking!
Michigan is a state that we’re definitely going to check out again in the future. It was beautiful.