This Labor Day Weekend, my boyfriend and I drove 4 hours North to camp at Hoeft State Park. “Going up North” is a very popular Michigan pastime, so when my boyfriend asked why I had chosen this particular park, the short answer was “they still had openings.”
The long answer was that only two of the parks with open sites had real bathrooms, and Hoeft was one of them. Camping in a tent is hard enough for me; I draw the line at vaulted toilets.
(But not at camping in the Take on Me video)
They also had ice cream, a lunch menu, toys, and (strangely) a lot of kitchen gadgets for sale.
On Sunday, we drove another hour North to Cheboygan State Park, and rode our bikes into town. Although they didn’t have a bike path like Rogers City, there was basically no traffic; during the entire 20 minute ride, we only had to move over once to let a truck pass by.
Cheboygan, much like Rogers City, was a ghost town. Outside of their downtown, we saw only a single pedestrian, and maybe three cars at the most. Thankfully, capitalism stops for no man, so there were still a few restaurants open for business. We ate at a nice place called Mulligans, stopped by the Cheboygan Brewing Company for some beer for later, and headed back to Hoeft for some swimming and volleyball.
The water was practically freezing, but once the hypothermia began to set in, it actually became rather comfortable. There were even some decently-sized waves, which made me regret not having a boogie board to bring. The water was very clear and clean, which the Park Ranger seemed very proud of, telling me that they “almost never” have pollution issues because Lake Huron wasn’t being shared with Chicago, unlike that poor sap Lake Michigan.
The very best part of the trip, however, was the clear sky and low light pollution. Even though I live in metro Detroit now, I am from a much less populated town, and yet I have never even come close to seeing this many stars before.
(photo taken by Jan; jansblog.org)