Upper Peninsula

Stonington Peninsula, Rapid River MI

We sadly left Lyman Lake today, as our 14 day stay limit was up. It sure is a great campsite! But we’ll be back; we are meeting friends Bobbi (again) and Cindy there for Labor Day weekend. In the meantime, we can stay 16 days at the dispersed site here, near the Stonington Peninsula Lighthouse. We are on Lake Michigan but without access, I think. There’s a weedy shallow area between us and the main part of the lake…..but if it gets too hot, we might be checking that out for swimming. If it’s sandy bottom we could easily walk out to the lake. But no more yucky-mucky wading for me!  This is a great site, one of my favorites from last year’s travels. It’s a bit small for Deb’s big camper but I’m pretty sure she can wiggle in, maybe with  a lot of to-ing and fro-ing involved. She’s staying for 2 nights  at Vagabond CG nearby to get water, dump tanks recharge her battery, take a shower and do laundry. It’s a Passport America park, so only $12.50 a night. Then she’ll come here.

Lake Michigan view from my camper

On the way here both Deb and I got stuck in a huge traffic jam in both directions that lasted 1.5 hours! A lot of people were turning around but I didn’t know of any other alternate routes so I just waited. And waited. A very fancy Class A motor home was burning……was glad to hear from Deb because I knew she was ahead of me and I was worried that it was her! Hope these folks have good insurance, and that no one was hurt. This is a photo that Deb took.


Now that my internet addiction was nearly cured, I’m back to having great phone and wifi signals! I’m sure I’ll backslide into my addiction very quickly.

There’s a lot of traffic going past our site to the lighthouse, as it’s a resting and gathering point for Monarch butterflies, before they make the long trip across Lake Michigan to Door County, WI. This happens in late August-early September…..I was a little bit late for it last year but hopefully this year we’ll get to see the thousands of butterflies. Traffic should be much less after the weekend.

Tomorrow is the auction for the delinquent tax sale property I want! I’m very excited but I am also resigned to not winning it. I bid $1300 and I see that most of the properties in other counties have sold for more than that. Last year there were a bunch of wooded lots that sold for under $500; this year it’s 3 times that!  What’s the deal?!  Well keep your fingers and toes crossed for me anyway. I’ll let you know how it comes out.

Thank you everyone for using my Amazon link! I hear it’s difficult to locate, so I’ll try to put it at the bottom of each post from now on.  I get a small percentage of sales that are initiated through this link, and it sure helps with my money situation to get that $150 or so each month!!  Here it is:


Lyman Lake

We are into our second week at Lyman Lake. What a great campsite, especially for only $4 a night! Our Womens A-Frame Camper (WACS) friend Bobbi from Wisconsin has joined us for 6 nights; she’ll be leaving tomorrow to meet up with other camping friends in Wisconsin. My only complaint is about the biting flies. They are voracious on hot days, and they don’t seem repelled by anything.  We’ve been kayaking and swimming a lot, and I’ve even been fishing! I caught about a dozen little fishies, or maybe it was the same two fish 5 or 6 times! They were all too small to keep, anyway. I’ll keep trying. We all definitely want to come back here next summer, but maybe get size #3 which has a larger beach area.

We’ve been eating most dinners together, which is unusual for us. We’ve had some good meals….pork chops on the grill, Joe’s goulash, sloppy joes. Today we went to lunch at Jack’s Restaurant in Rapid River. We loved the whitefish there last year but today it wasn’t as good. Good desserts though! Next door to the restaurant is a shop that never seem to be open, but they have the coolest “found object” sculptures in the window! I’d love one of those fish!!



We have my little folding table set up in one of the screen rooms. We really miss having a picnic table…..they usually are not provided at the free or dispersed campsites.  We found this critter inside the screen room……Deb calls it the Creature from Hell! It looks like a scorpion/dragonfly!


Deb bought a nice lightweight nylon hammock that rolls up into a tiny football-size package. She used it a lot at Hovey Lake but when she put it up here, EPIC FAIL! She crashed to the ground and is now nursing a very sore (possibly cracked or broken) tailbone.  Ow!

Since we only have two kayaks, Deb uses mine to go out with Bobbi. We sort of take turns. Finally after nearly an entire year, I get to use my “new” kayak! I really like it, it’s very comfortable and I can easily get in and out of it with my bad knee. I wade out to almost knee-deep and just sit down into it, and to get out, I do the same; swing my legs over and just stand up in knee-deep water! It’s SO much easier than trying to get up out of a sit-inside kayak. Deb says it’s the most comfortable kayak she’s ever used! (Mine is the orange one with built in backrest; it’s a Jackson Riviera)


Bobbi and Deb kayaking

We had some really hot days but lately it’s been pretty perfect….mid to high 70’s with nice breezes. Love it!  We’re really going to hate to leave here.

Today I have to get 3 new tires, ugh! There goes the savings plan for this month. I guess it’s just always going to be something. I got an oil change and asked for tire rotation and the guy told me I’d be wasting my money to rotate them; they were nearly bald and had cracks between the treads. So 3 tires….$340. Sigh.



Pictured Rocks & Munising

We spent 5 days at a large $4 a night dispersed campsite ïn the middle of nowhere¨, 25 miles from Manistique.(Chicago Lake #4)  It was a great campsite though, with good swimming in the lake. When I arrived there were two forest service workers there wearing long sleeved shirts and headnets. Uh oh. Yeah…swarms of mosquitoes, deer and stable flies! That first day was a bit miserable but strangely enough, that was the only really bad day there. There were still some bugs but never a huge problem. Those stable flies are huge, about 1″long, and they have big sharp teeth! They like feet and ankles and the bites itch like crazy for about 3 days.


Chicago Lake

Then we moved to Hovey Lake Campground (FREE!) about 10 miles from Munising. There are just 4 campsites there and they even have picnic tables, a real luxury not often found at the free sites! Hovey Lake is very shallow though, and not good for swimmimg. We had two really hot days in a row and Deb swam the first day, said it was a little mucky. The next day I was so hot and sweaty, I couldn’t stand it. Ugh, I shudder just thinking about it!  My feet sank about 6″ into the muck. I waded out about 100′ and the muck got deeper but the water didn’t! Even that far out, it only came a little above my knees! I was floating on a piece of ensolite and if I put my arms down, I felt creepy weeds. Coming in, I went too far towards shore and then couldn’t get my feet under me. Deb waded over and gave me a hand and I nearly dragged her in with me, trying to get up! All the while wallowing around and stirring up nasty green and black bits of goo.  GROSS!  Deb said if someone had been taking a video of that, it would have gone viral for sure!  My clothes were full of nasty green goop. I don’t care how hot it gets, no more swimming in Hovey Lake!!

We both have Coleman Instant Screen Rooms and we’ve been putting them both up, one is for the dogs’ exercise pen and our chairs, and the other is the cook shack, with the bbq grill and my propane stove. So nice to have a picnic table to cook and eat on! Neither of our campers has space for 2 people to eat together!   DSCN6330



Our Asheville friends Cheryle & Jenni were camped at Otter Lake Resort, just a few miles from us so we all drove out H-58 to Grand Marais yesterday. We met at Superior Brewing Company and got flights of beer to sample. Jenni & Deb didn’t really like any of them, but I did! I liked the Puddingstone Wheat best. Granted I’m not very knowledgable about beer. When we arrived, the waitress told us they didn’t have any whitefish but they were cleaning a new batch and it would be available in about 30 minutes. It sure doesn’t get any fresher than that! Cheryle and Jenni had the whitefish and loved it. Deb and I shared a pizza and it was really good too. Then we all went to the agate beach and picked up pretty rocks. (As usual, didn’t find any agates). Jenni and I were going to go fishing at Otter Lake last night but it was too cold. In two days we went from being so hot we could hardly sleep, to last night’s low of 42 degrees!!  Welcome to Michigan weather.

Wifi and cell signals are nonexistent at both of these last places, so we have to drive a ways to get any kind of signals. We’re both getting a little frustrated with that situation! So we may not stay the full 14 days here.