Yesterday we started our discussion of our first camping trip of the season. We like to take two or three short, midweek outing each year to places here in Michigan within a 4 to 6 hour driving radius. Simple outings to familiar places we love, with anticipation of simple activities. Jim mentioned the eastern Upper Peninsula as a basecamp to go to the Pictured Rocks on the southern shore of Lake Superior and maybe Sault Ste Marie (pronounced sue saint marie). I was thinking of a campground we like south of Traverse City, close to the shore of Lake Michigan. Both place would be good the middle of June because the tourist season doesn’t begin in earnest in Northern Michigan until the 4th of July. Then campgrounds and small towns become crazy busy and, especially as we are still in pandemic mode, busy does not equate to living simple.

We decided when we could go (a week with no health-care appointments) but didn’t make a decision about place. Maybe I better check on campground availability because going camping without reservations results in a less than simple trip.

This is in response to Debbie’s One Word Sunday prompt of “Simple“. I love it when photo challenges are “simple.” Thanks Debbie.

12 thoughts on “Simple

  1. I see you live in Michigan, Pat! I’m from Tawas City and have also lived in Mio, Mount Pleasant, Marquette, Calumet/Laurium, and most recently Sault Ste. Marie! I now find myself living in North Texas to be near my daughters and their families. But, I miss the beauty of Michigan each and every day!


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  3. A great response, Pat. That is a gorgeous image of simple beauty, and I hope your trips turn out simple and enjoyable. They sound great location for photography πŸ™‚


    • We have done it many times so it is very simple. Well, Jim has to de-winterize the trailer (that’s a hobby for him) and then we have to do some packing of clothes, bedding, and food. But we pack simple items – or simply pack.


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