This winter I seem to be thinking and longing more than usual for summer travel. Since my work is on a school schedule, I have summers off. I can hardly wait for summer vacation this year! Daydreaming and planning....
My wife and I almost always take a summer trip to Michigan and visit relatives. While ensconced at her mother's house, I like to get away and do some camping. Last year I found that great campsite high above the AuSable River, and it would be nice to get back there. And my sister moved last fall
from the Thumb (Deckerville) to Petoskey, so I have good reason to spend some time up that way. Maybe take the ferry to Mackinac Island and ride my bike all the way 'round once again, enjoying the lake shore. Thinking about checking out the CG at Fisherman's Island SP (Charlevoix) also, never been there. Maybe Aloha SP or Burt Lake, same thing. Ya know, even though I spent the first 30+ years of my life in Michigan, I really have been to very few of the MI state parks! Time to change that.
All that water begs for a way to get onto it. Having tried a kayak a couple of years ago and not liking the low seat position, I thought long and hard about a canoe, or an inflatable like the Saturn KaBoat. But the more I look, the more I like the simplicity and light weight
of a stand up paddle board (SUP)... so I'm going to get one and try it out all summer. The idea of a 25 lb craft that can be carried to water's edge, plopped down in the water and hopped onto is really appealing. One can paddle while standing, kneeling, or sitting on the board... and there's even room to lie down... great flexibility!
And after getting back home from Michigan, I'm dreaming of a nice, long, slow trip through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and several days of relaxation at the Grand Tetons. Again, plenty of places to put the board in on some lake. I can see myself paddling up String Lake and portaging to Leigh Lake some calm summer morning. I bought a waterproof bag for the camera, so that can come along to record the scenery! And while en route through Colorado, perhaps this will be the year to take a ride (in the back of a 4WD vehicle, cameras in hand) on the Black Bear trail into Telluride. I've wanted to ride that road ever since I laid my eyes on those switchbacks rising up the mountain's face alongside the magnificent waterfall.
Yep, it's kind of difficult to keep my mind on work. C'mon, summertime, hurry up!
Ok, do you have summer dreams, too? If so, post 'em! Let's hear where you are going camping!