We started out the summer camping season pretty much like any other year. For Memorial Day we camped in Traverse City, Michigan as we have done for the last several years. Following the holiday weekend, we headed to Standish instead of going home. After staying there for a couple of weeks we decided to hop over to a new campground to fill the gap until our next planned trip which was at Burt Lake State Park on the 4th Of July.
This is about the time we decided that we wouldn’t be going home for the rest of the summer. We still had to go to work throughout the summer, so our arrangement was this. Since my job requires me to drive great distances to various locations, my starting point really didn’t matter so much. Terri, on the other hand, agreed to drive up to 1 hour each way to get to work. This gave us an area radius to pick places to camp from.
We didn’t want to stay in one location all summer. We also decided that we wanted to stay in small towns and camp long enough in each one to see exactly what each one had to offer. This turned out to be a great plan. We stayed in places like Mt. Pleasant, Clare, Bay City, Beaverton, Midland, and Frankenmuth.
We were gone from home a total of 122 days this summer. From the end of May until the end of September we continued to travel and explore. In this time Terri and I had a blast. We discovered some relly amazing parks, restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, festivals, parades and other things. We can’t say that we ever got homesick. Sure there are some benefits to being back home but none that would prevent us from doing this more “full-time”.