Friday, September 9, 2016

Vacation 2016 Day 1

Michael loves to camp. I am not as keen, but always grateful for the experience.
We camped in style this time and a much thicker air mattress, rather luxurious.
Ludington State Park is one of the most popular, especially for Labor Day weekend, but we were able to secure the last spot, which happened to be right next to the facilities (bathrooms and showers) which made having to get up in the night more bearable.
In addition to the enclosed porch-type area our grand tent afforded, Michael brought another canopy which overlayed the tent and covered the picnic table also. The downside--more zippered openings to go through, but the upside--greater cover when it rained. And that it did, for a long time that first early morning--perfect for sleeping in! And that we did!
We spent three nights at 47A, and filled our days with adventures.

We went for an exploratory walk. By then the sand had pretty much soaked in all the moisture. We saw the sign to Big Sable Point Lighthouse, 1.5 mi. so we started out. Michael later regreted not going on the tandem. By the time we got there, he was experiencing leg pain.

It was, however, a wonderful nature lesson. We stopped at every sign and read the descriptions of the unique features of the area. I was able to recognize the Jack Pines and learned about throughs or interdunal ponds. And I took lots of pictures, of course.

I thought the outhouses were so cute.

We watched a video about the history of the lighthouse and the efforts of the Keepers Association responsible for all the restoration taking place. Then, I took the challenge and climbed to the top of the lighthouse and almost regreted that decision the next two days. I had no idea I was in such bad shape!

After a good lunch and a long nap, we drove into Ludington to see what we could see.
Of course we were drawn to the Historic Sculpture Park.

The Spirit of Ludington

The Carferries of Ludington
Ludington's Lumbering Era

Follow the Leader

Mike: "Are you doing that right/'
So, when we got back to the campsite, I followed my leader, this time on the tandem and we rode over to see Hamlin dam

A beautiful sunset and a sit by the fire--the end of a good day.

1 comment:

The Bug said...

Looks like a great time! Your muscle soreness reminds me of the time we climbed a shot tower - whooeee was I sore the next day! Almost convinced me to invest in a stair climber (we have no stairs in our house). Almost. :)