Last week we enjoyed 10 days boondocking
mostly on the shore of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Penninsula and the chilly nights increased our propane
use. Temps dropped to near 40 each night and climbed to around 60 each day. Two days were overcast. All campsites were breezy and shaded almost completely by trees. The trip was quite wonderful and we enjoyed daily hikes along the shore of Gitchy Gummee. Between beach and forest we hiked 6-8 miles daily.
During our trip we used 3 gallons of propane
running the water heater, furnace
, frig and range for 10 days. The frig was constant, others intermittent. The furnace
thermostat was set at 60 degrees at night and 70 at other times when we were in the Scamp
. Most day hours we were outside and the furnace
was off, though it was warm enough to need little use. We carry only one 20 pound tank and one 1 pound Coleman bottle for emergency use when I plan poorly. We each showered in the Scamp
twice and made do with sponge baths otherwise.
set up struggled a bit as we were camped in shade most of the time. At our 46 degree North latitude and being just after the equinox the sun was low in the sky anyway. Still the bright sky fed our 100 watt panel and made enough juice to go for 6 days on one campsite with the Group 29 factory battery
voltage dropping to 12.1 volts. We probably would have gone 3-4 days anyway without the solar panel.
Our main draw was the furnace's blower. Our lighting
is 100% LED which we used every night as the sun set pretty early. After this 6 day stay we towed every other day and the battery
remained nearly fully charged.
Such shoulder season trips are our favorites. No crowds, no bugs, no AC necessary. It all makes for pleasant boondocking
. We spent 6 days at Pictured Rocks National Seashore at Twelve Mile Beach Campground, two days at Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park at Presque Isle Campground and two nights at Franklin Lake in the Nicolet National Forest near Eagle River Wisconsin.