Oh boy, what a weekend, I’ve come back to work for the rest and relaxation!  I took the Friday afternoon off work and after last minute packing and a quick lunch we set off in our heavily laden car, boats on roof, everything but the kitchen sink in the back.  Our friends Graham and Sheena were taking the kitchen sink.  We took the country route through the scenic, slightly rolling hills and lakes of SE Michigan and two hours later pulled in to the campground entrance…. about 10 seconds behind Graham and Sheena who were just getting out of their car to go in to the office to register, the timing was absolutely perfect considering that we’d arrived at the same spot at the same time despite having taken completely different routes to get there!  The campground was much more open than ones in the UK and the large trailers were all packed in quite close to each other, but apart from that everything was great; the people were nice and friendly, there were no barking dogs and people respected each other, even the toilet block was spotless and the hot showers were totally free!

After getting everything set up we had our first cuppa, one of many over the course of the weekend and then wandered around the campsite and down to the lake to check it all out and to see where we could launch our kayaks from.  The campground was right on Boot Lake and from here easy access could be had to the other five lakes in the area through a selection of small interconnecting waterways or by going under a road bridge into the next section, and the best thing was that it was really calm and peaceful despite the fact that it was Memorial Weekend and the first real holiday weekend of summer.  Even the campground had a few empty spots available.

Next up was a spot of decorating, there’s no point in having a nice fancy trailer if you can’t tart it up a bit when you go away.  First to go up were the brightly coloured, swirly wind catchers, one of which can be seen here,

swiftly followed by the lights.  Or more to the truth that should be not so swiftly followed by the lights….  as first Graham and Sheena had a go at fixing them up…

but that wasn’t working very well so Andrew and Sheena thought they’d got it figured out…

then it was back to Graham and Sheena again…

and then we decided maybe Sheena could just stand there and hold them up all weekend….

but I don’t think that went down too well, so after a bit more faffing about and three clothes pegs later they were all up, and flaked out we all had to sit down to rest and refresh ourselves with an adult beverage or two…

And not to be outdone the Butlers contributed the Laundry Tree to the overall decor of the camping pitch.  Over the course of the weekend this Maple was home to a motley assortment of odds and ends, including a green pan scourer, a washing up brush, tea towels, water shoes and socks, a rubbish bag and a washing line!  Nothing but the best for us Brits I can tell you!

As for me, as I seemed to have a camera permanently welded into my right hand I was designated the official photographer for the weekend and was often to be found in a recumbent position snapping away at all the comings and goings of the weekend.  A bit laid back some people said, but it was jolly hard work I can tell you!  I was worn out by all the activity, and if you’ve noticed, we haven’t even put out boats in the water yet!!  More later……

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