Camping friends

It’s been a long time since my last post! Lots to catch up on, but we’ve had much happier adventures since we left our strange night in Boney Falls, MI. Our next stop was much closer to civilization – we traveled south from the Upper Peninsula into the Manistee-Huron National Forest, then to the National Lakeshore nearby where we could hike to the beach. Our campsite was about a 5 minute drive from the trailhead, and the hike was a mile and a half to get to the dunes.

We spent three beautiful days on the beach – on the second day, two guys stumbled out of the dunes to ask us if we live in our van, and if we wanted to hang out for the day. We were super ready to socialize so we all pulled up chairs and became instant friends. We exchanged numbers in case they wanted to come back to our campsite (definitely didn’t make it), but didn’t expect to run into them again.

We headed out the next day without a set plan, and ended up about an hour away in a town called Manistee. Just as we were figuring out where to stay that night, our new friends texted us the coordinates of another campsite close by and we decided to head into the woods to meet them.

We camped with them for two nights, and on the second night we all went into “town” to play pool at a bar nearby (town consisted of this bar and a gas station).

You know how in movies when strangers walk into a bar, the music abruptly cuts off and everyone in the place turns to stare? I’d never seen that in real life until we walked in and found a spot by the pool tables. One family actually asked their server to move away from us to a quieter table. I guess Dan’s beard, my tie-dye shirt, and our two new friends from Chicago were a little too wild for such a tiny town. Needless to say, we had fun anyways – one thing I’m learning on this trip is to worry less about what other people think, and to do my own thing.

We had a great few days in the woods with new friends – these three had me dying laughing all weekend, and I have a feeling we’ll all meet again on the road some day.

Thanks for reading!

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