Saturday, July 31, 2010
Even though the name stirs thoughts of Lost, Amazonian Jungles and hot, steamy places, what you truly find in Michigan campgrounds is rather cool and often cold nights with warm and sunny days. Water, woods, trails, campfires and many trees abound in southwest Michigan.
The primitive sites always draw campers, especially on the weekends. Plans to utilize canoes, kayaks and tubes early Saturday and Sunday morning stir the air as groups fill out the registration forms on Friday night and file into the restaurant for a home-cooked dinner.
It’s raining this morning and everywhere rain slickers and tennis shoes are the dress for the start of the day. Single campers and couples make the short journey to a hot shower and think about how the rain will affect their plans for the day if it continues.
The restaurant is open until 3 today and the tables and chairs built by Paul and his son are sturdy enough for card games, dominoes and group discussions on the best way to do whatever it is that you do. About two miles over folks might head for the Coloma movie theatre where the 1917-built picture show has three current releases playing. That will take care of one late afternoon or evening while we all wait for Michigan to turn the torrent off and bring back the beautiful sunny skies and open up bike paths, hiking trails and winding streams for floating down the river in a canoe… just like the Indians did!