The Thumb and The U.P. - We're Finally Exploring Michigan
Hi Fresh Air Fam! I hope your summer has been fantastic and full of adventures so far!
Last Wednesday, Kyle and I made a quick decision to take the bus to the thumb of Michigan. Kyle's been waiting for the green light on a couple of big mural jobs in Detroit, and we decided that rather than sitting around in the suburbs while we wait for the city and business to cut through red tape, we'd take off and experience some new territory. After all, what good is living in a bus if you don't hit the road at a moment's notice?
Our first stop was Albert Sleeper State Park in Michigan's "thumb." It was about a 2-hour drive on farm roads, made slightly longer because we happened across a random water park and took a detour.
The fresh air was just what we needed (see what I did there?). As soon as we got there, we extended our stay for two nights. We spent our days on the soft sandy beaches of Lake Huron and our nights by the fire. We flew the drone, took photos, cooked, chatted with other campers, took naps to the soundtrack of rainstorms, and mutually decided that this is what bus life is all about.
During our stay at Sleeper, we decided to continue exploring Michigan for the rest of the week, until it's time to meet up with the rest of Kyle's family for a reunion in Traverse City on Thursday. We checked out of our campsite on Sunday afternoon and drove north. Destination - The Upper Peninsula (or the U.P., as Michiganders call it). I've never been to the U.P., but I've heard so much about its indescribable beauty that I was SO excited to cross the bridge. We've been here a day and a half now, and it does not disappoint.
This morning we woke up in Manistique (on the southern end of the peninsula) to check out the beautiful clear waters of Kitch-iti-Kipi. We stopped by yesterday evening, but there were SO many people, so we decided to wake up early and go back so we'd be able to take photos and video without bothering anyone. It was a GREAT plan. We had the spot all to ourselves, and it was the perfect morning to go.
Kitch-iti-Kipi is Michigan's largest freshwater spring, at 200 feet across and 40 feet deep. The unclouded waters allow a perfect view of the fish and fallen trees all the way at the bottom. Visitors can take the barge with a hollow middle out to it's center and look straight down into the clear blue waters. It's truly an incredible sight, and the early morning fog and serenity of having it all to ourselves was more than I can put into words.
As for now, we're nestled in at a KOA just outside of Pictured Rocks. I just finished laundry and updated Patreon while Kyle edits vlogs we recorded over the past few days. I'm so grateful we live in a time where I can write a blog and clean our clothes while camping in the middle of the Great Lakes in a school bus I converted into a home with someone who loves this stuff as much as I do. Sometimes it really feels like this is all a dream. If it is, don't wake me up; I'm loving every minute of it.