This is the view right outside of my window as I write this post. We are just a few yards from the Lake Michigan shoreline in Petoskey, Michigan at the State Park. The place is quiet and peaceful. This is the perfect place to sit back, relax, rejuvenate and recover from the hassles of everyday life. Just listen to the gentle sound of the waves crashing across the rocks onto the still beach. I will let you go ahead and be envious of me. If it were you, I would be.
Now back to reality: Due to a recent scheduling alteration because of a family matter, we are required to leave earlier than our originally reserved departure date. This means that because of the new Michigan DNR camping regulations that went into effect November 1, 2017, we will now be forfeiting 40 percent of the fees we had already paid to camp for all of our unused nights. The state knows how popular camping has become and is taking this approach to reduce campsites from becoming unused at the last moment. I have been to a lot of state parks and have never seen this as a problem. However, I have seen how much more I am paying these days to camp at a Michigan State Parks and this is just another way to grab more money out of my pocket. Sure would be nice to see where some of this money is going.