So, Camping was fun!

Thanks for your well-wishes, oh friends and blog-readers! Camping was a great decision (even though I didn’t have time to clean my shower this weekend. Small matters).

We arrived on Friday, after having gotten ourselves lost not once but twice. We being my sister and I. We drove into the campsites in her car, scanning for our spot. There were a half-dozen biker guys complete with facial hair, cut-off sleeves and a roaring fire…in our campsite.

Christine was like, “Go tell them that that’s our campsite.”
And I was like, “NO WAY I’M TELLING THEM ANYTHING!”
Christine: “You have to! Go! Be brave!”

So I collected my courage, left the car, and said, “Hi, um, I think you’re, um, in our spot.”

And they pulled out a map and realized that they were in our spot.

But instead we just decided to swap spots for the night.

I mean, they were already settled…plus they were making their food in the fire.

They were nice guys, though! Plus, their shirts were Jesus-biker shirts…so I wasn’t all that scared in the end.
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We ate guacamole for dinner (true story), took a night hike, and woke up at 3:00 a.m. to watch the meteor shower. Four shooting stars in seven minutes! We decided that was adequate and went back to bed.

On Saturday Christine went to soccer and I took an eleven mile hike to cope with my Camino withdrawal. The halfway point was the Discovery Center…and I discovered so many things!

Hike. Man. This is just lovely.  Side note: Michigan has WAY MORE bugs than Spain. Also way more poison ivy.
Hike. Man. This is just lovely.
Side note: Michigan has WAY MORE bugs than Spain. Also way more poison ivy.
Exhibit at the Discovery Center! OK, so I read the plaques about the history of the park and what not…and this was my favorite. There was a man who owned a drugstore near the park maybe 90 years ago (guessing? I forget the exact date). Anyway, he would offer the local farm kids a free soda-pop if they brought him an arrowhead. Eventually he gathered and logged 2,000 specimens of Native American tools: arrowheads, spear heads, etc. The tools were displayed at his drugstore and then at a local pub…but the pub burned down. (Sad face). So now they’ve been donated to the Discovery Center. Cool story, huh?
Exhibit at the Discovery Center! OK, so I read the plaques about the history of the park and what not…and this was my favorite. There was a man who owned a drugstore near the park maybe 90 years ago (guessing? I forget the exact date). Anyway, he would offer the local farm kids a free soda-pop if they brought him an arrowhead. Eventually he gathered and logged 2,000 specimens of Native American tools: arrowheads, spear heads, etc. The tools were displayed at his drugstore and then at a local pub…but the pub burned down. (Sad face). So now they’ve been donated to the Discovery Center. Cool story, huh?
No big deal, JUST A FULL ANIMAL SKELETON OFF OF THE TRAIL. Someone identify this for me, OK? Thanks.
No big deal, JUST A FULL ANIMAL SKELETON OFF OF THE TRAIL. Someone identify this for me, OK? Thanks. The arrow points out the jaw bone which features two teeth.
I also saw a crazy spider and I was going to photograph it, but I was too creeped out to get too close. Enjoy this picture of a (friendlier) ladybug.
I also saw a crazy spider and I was going to photograph it, but I was too creeped out to get too close. Enjoy this picture of a (friendlier) ladybug instead.
Christine took a picture of our dinner. It was delicious, don’t let the lack of meat-or-gluten fool you. Also! I figured out a really tasty way to make sweet potatoes (as if there’s a not-tasty way): pan fry them until they’re tan, add a bit of water, cover and wait until the water has boiled-and-steamed its way out of there. They’re essentially candied at that point.
Christine took a picture of our dinner. It was delicious, don’t let the lack of meat-or-gluten fool you. Also! I figured out a really tasty way to make sweet potatoes (as if there’s a not-tasty way): pan fry them until they’re tan, add a bit of water, cover and wait until the water has boiled-and-steamed its way out of there. They’re essentially candied at that point.

Here’s a picture of Christine playing with bubbles! She was gifted with that bubble wand when she graduated and she played with it quite a bit on our camping excursion. She gave it to a neighboring little kid at the end of the trip.
Here’s a picture of Christine playing with bubbles! She was gifted with that bubble wand when she graduated and she played with it quite a bit on our camping excursion. She gave it to a neighboring little kid at the end of the trip.

Lest you think it was all fun and no games: false. We also slept a lot like the old women we are. And we ate a lot.

We are basically the champions of napping and eating.

You can’t hold us down.

You can’t stop us.

We are Nell and Ceebs and we currently hold the record for camp-napping and eating.

Cheers.

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