This is our vacation destination, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The park extends for some forty miles along Lake Superior, with about fifteen of those miles sandstone cliffs that are around two hundred feet above the lake. A trail follows the whole length of the park, along the cliffs. I hiked it when I was young, and it is really spectacular. This time I do not intend to hike with a forty pound pack on my back (the trail is very rugged) but rather to take day hikes with the children.
We were going to head north on the first day of my vacation, stopping to visit my brother at his cabin in the northern Lower Penisula, then my sister at her home further north, then on to the Pictured Rocks. But due to my (all too common) absent-mindedness, I somewhere became confused about when my vacation was scheduled. Somewhere between January, when I bid for time off, and last Friday I had it in mind that it began next Monday. I glanced at the work schedule then, and saw that it in fact started today. As one of our preparations for the trip was the essential one of trading our Dodge Caravan- affectionately nicknamed The Pieceofcrapmobile- for a ten or twelve passenger van that will hold all nine of us we are stuck here until we can find one. There are a couple we looked at on Sunday, and hopefully we will be on the road tomorrow.
I will not have regular access to a computer, and hopefully will be too busy hiking and relaxing to post much for the next two weeks. I will try to post here and there, using library computers, but it may be scant.
I will pick up where I left off when I return.