Travels with Charley

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Tale from the Hotstove Camping League

It's winter, but I just reserved a campsite at one of Michigan's state parks. Think I'm nuts? Then you haven't camped at MI's state parks. Michigan allows you to reserve campsites 6 months in advance. In October we found this awesomely beautiful park called Port Crescent. It's litterally at the tip of the thumb of Michigan. What's so great about it is that it has about a dozen campsites right on the beach of Lake Huron. We stayed in a wonderful site right on the beach, with a perfect view of the sunse over our campfire. Soooo we decided to reserve a site there in June, hoping for June 22-26. Last week was the first time you could reserve these sites for that time, so no prob, eh? Wrong. Not only were the prime beach front sites gone, but so was 90% of the rest of the campground! This is a park with about 120 site, and there were only 5 left! Oh, woe.

Luckily I played around with the dates and got the exact site we wanted, by camping Monday night through Thursday morning. Not exactly what I wanted , but the site is worth it.

See you again soon, with Cool Camping posts in the New Year.

John

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