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August 8-14, 2020

Lake Ann, Michigan

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Left Bay City State Park with no regrets as it was quite crowded and masks were getting more infrequent. The drive to Granny and Papas was quiet, but the welcoming committee at their house was not. There were three dogs at the Baxter House and they were wildly excited to meet new playmates. Bodie was in heaven, while Sera was a little more tepid about the mass influx of 4 legged friendlies. She is used to a three foot bubble as her personal space, and that went right out the window. It was a new day in the dog park. While the dogs were getting acquainted, CJ went and picked up John and Kim at the airport and the Baxter clan was reunited for a fun filled week.

For the most part, we camped out in the driveway and spent much of our time being entertained by 5 dogs. We did make a side trip to the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, but the sand flies were miserable. We spoke with a local docent, and they recommended the Empire Bluff Trail, so off we went. The trail was well traveled, but everyone was polite and spread out. There were some amazing views at the top, but the sand was heating up and so were we, so back down the trail we went. Bodie was acting tired, so Eric carried him for awhile. It was a very short nap, and Bodie was back in action. One of the best things about van life is the ability to be home with all your creature comforts when you finish your hike. Cold water, food, dry clothes, shoes, and soap are immediately available, as well as shade. The dogs powered down after more water and snacks, and we drove back to the homestead with the AC cranked.


Posted by LifeWithMurphy 07:03 Archived in USA

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