We NEVER spend my Birthday at home and the last few years we have spent my day and Bud’s day, together – UP NORTH. We’ve stopped at several different places on the first day out and this time, Houghton Lake was the choice. The West Houghton Lake Campground is a PA park and was nestled in the woods right across from the public access to Houghton Lake. It was a nicely kept little park, but with old facilities and way too much sulfur in the water! The 2 rigs were parked facing each other and all else was good with the world!
In the morning we headed for our favorite, Waterways Campground on the Cheboygan River, just outside of Cheboygan at the corner of RT 27 and RT 33. B&C got their choice spot at the top of the hill at the end of the row with plenty of room and a sprawling apple tree for shade! We also got our favorite spot at the top of the hill – across from our dear friends!
The weather for the week was as moody as a house full of teenagers. One hour it looked like rain and the next was sunny. Some days were cold and windy and some just had cool gentle breezes. We made the best of ii! One day we visited with Mel and Donna at their home on Paradise Lake. The “boys” visited and D cooked Lake Erie Walleye for us! One day they visited us and we had brats on the grill for them. Another day we found a restored 1800’s lighthouse to climb, a stone beach to drive the big blue truck out on and Wilderness State Park to explore. Back in Mackinaw City we had yummy fish sandwiches for lunch at Scalawags and then C and I went shopping! We just could not turn down the good deal on the “Lakes of Michigan” sweatshirts we found!
One day we did manage to put the boat in the water and ran her all the way thru Mullett and Burt Lakes to Pickerel Lake on the far end of the Inland Water Route. Indian River with her shops and under the bridge boat parking is always a treat. The variety of boats, moored in that swift moving, clear water and the assortment of colorful cottages intermingled with magnificent homes are a pleasure to revisit every summer. The run back to camp was a tad bumpy and we girls were glad we had our rain jackets to put on to keep the cold spray from the waves at bay! We were thankful it wasn’t rain!