Well, I told you I was going away to camp, and I did. Brian and I joined his family camping trip on Sunday and Monday, and then Tuesday morning. It rained a lot on Sunday night. I was not too happy outdoors but I was committed so I just put on lots of wool. The second night was warmer and dry, but the wind blew like crazy and it was so loud!!! Between Lake Michigan and the trees, I kept waking up because of the noise. You can see, the trees are sometimes breathtakingly beautiful. I can see why others want to do this… that is, go outdoors for days at a time. It is just gorgeous. However, I can’t imagine ever really wanting to do it, myself. I just am spoiled a bit. I like being warm and dry.
On the bright side, I did get to sleep in reasonably late both days, which was definitely a plus. I also started my purple/blue Reggio sox (yarn from Yarn for Ewe pictured here a few days back). In fact, I did the cuffs and feet, but since they are afterthought heel sox, I need now to do the heels and toes. Then I will have a new pair already! So the knitting was pretty good, at least in the car there and back.
I took a lot of pictures. It was very pretty there (Muskegon State Park, on Lake Michigan.) I guess I would have been happy to make it a day trip… go there, take pictures, hug friends, go home. But I did get more time with Kathy, Pedro, and Jennifer. We all enjoy one another a lot. Here you can see the backs of Pedro, Kathy, Jennifer, and Brian, as they enjoy the sun-heated sand after spending a wet evening in tents.
Jennifer lives in Washington DC and Kathy and Pedro are in Jacksonville, Florida. We all enjoy similar food (they are entirely vegetarian, and I eat/cook mostly vegetarian) so we shared meals while others were eating hot dogs and hamburgers. One lunch we had Indian food (which comes in boiling packs, easily heated on a camp stove) and one dinner we had grilled veggies… red onions, green and orange bell peppers, and asparagus, plus we had tortillas and refried beans and avocados. It was wonderful, especially the grilled onions which got almost carmelized. Yum!
Brian made sure I got my hot tea (it is comfort food as well as caffeine) each day. He really does care if I am comfortable. I really can’t be comfortable outdoors more than a handful of hours, but he really tried to make it better. First note the coffee shop with the large Elvis image on the wall. This was Koinonia coffee shop, where they were extra friendly. They were my kind of ladies… each tea cup was a different color and they chose the mug for each person based on the colors the person was wearing… so I got a purple mug, of course! This photo has Jennifer on the left, then Kathy and Pedro.
And here is RuthAnn’s ice cream shop and camping store. It’s right outside the campground. It was here I got most of my hot tea. The colors are just right, don’t you think??? And you should have seen her garden! I even saw a swallowtail butterfly in her flowers, but by the time I found my camera the butterfly was across the street. That was a disappointment.
I took so many photos I’ll have to give you a few here and there as I have days without current photos. However, I really like this last sweet photo of Kath and Pedro on the beach. I tell you, these two are some of my most precious friends. Occasionally I consider I might like to live in Jacksonville… just so I could spend more time with them. It is a shame they live so far away, but we do see them usually at least twice a year, at Christmas and camping. Sometimes I also pop through Jacksonville if I go down to Florida to see my mother. It makes a too-busy itinerary, but it’s sort of worth it for a few hugs from these fine people! I’m so lucky to know them.
It occurs to me that folks not from this area, may not realize how large Lake Michigan really is. It really is more like a sea than a lake. You can not see across it, although in photos sometimes you see low clouds that look like land. It takes hours to cross it. The beaches have a wonderful soft white sand, as well. And it is not all that far from my house. I guess I’m a spoiled person, really, to have this luxury so close by, and then to not use it as much as I could. There are a good handful of beaches less than 2 hours away from home.
Hey you guys, I missed you… I really try not to miss posting every day… it’s a real goal of mine to make at least 28 posts a month. I had gone about 2.5 months so far without missing a day, and proud of it… honestly, it would have delighted me to have access to the internet while I was gone. In reality, because of the sand dunes, even my cellphone would not work properly. I had to give in to the experience. I did get to talk to a lot of folks who I enjoy, though. And Monday night, we played and sang our music for Brian’s father. He really loves our music. It was great to play for him, knowing how much he enjoys it. That part was quite nice.
I was happy to get home, though, and get a hot bath. And go back to work, first for a computer client and then teaching my beginning knitting class at Foster Center. I had so many emails waiting for me when I returned, that I may have bounced a few because of a full mailbox (if you tried to reach me and that happened to you, please try again). But I tell you, work or not, I am one happy girl to be home with a roof over my head! Aaaaahhhh…. Time to sleep in my wonderful, warm, soft bed.