Camping Tip of the Day: No Reservations

Although this advice is completely out of character for me, I highly recommend taking a camping trip (7+days) with no reservations. Last June, Amy and I took an 11 day trip to Michigan without making any reservations ahead of time. Yes, it can be a bit risky. What if we would have gone to a campground and there were not sites available? However, the first two weeks of June are not high season for Michigan. Students are still in school until June 10th or so and the weather does not warm up until the end of June. So, it was a perfect time to go without reservations. For someone who needs a plan for everything, this trip was quite liberating for me. We camped somewhere for a while and when we were ready to leave, we packed up and hit the road. We never encountered a “no vacancy” situation. It was so nice to know that we were not tied down to any plan other than to find rest and relaxation in our camping experience.

Now, I would NOT recommend this during certain seasons. For example, I would not suggest heading to Florida during the Spring Break season without reservations. Nor would I suggest going anywhere during the 4th of July weekend without making reservations ahead of time. The chances of coming up empty-handed are too high.

But in the end, I still encourage you to try this, especially if you are the type-A personality (like me). You wouldn’t believe how freeing it is until you try it….

Sunrise over Higgins Lake

Sunrise over Higgins Lake

Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite


I have visited the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore so many times as a child and adult that I have lost count.  The view from the top of Pyramid Point never disappoints!  This past summer I was so happy to be able to share the view with my husband for the first time.  There are a lot of things I love about this photo, including how the water seamlessly blends to the sky. The color blue travels as far as the eye can see – INFINITE.   It illustrates perfectly how the Great Lakes rival any of the best oceans in terms of spectacular blue waters and wonderful views.  And better still – unsalted! If you have never visited we encourage you to do so!

And here is a little bit of infinite wisdom for the day:

“When the water meets the sky,
where your heart is free and hope comes back to life,
when these broken hands are whole again,
we’ll find what we’ve been waiting for,
we were made for so much more.

We can be the kings and queens of anything if we believe.
It’s written in the stars that shine above,
a world where you and I belong, where faith and love will keep us strong,
exactly who we are is just enough, exactly who we are is just enough,
there’s a place for us.”